BSCA has offered Leaders Courses for many years, not only by it’s own in-house Tutors, but also via organisations who have been approved to deliver courses on behalf of BSCA. Once an individual has passed such a course, and satisfies the various requirements, then an annual registration per year (Currently £20) is required to enable the Leader to continue to Lead rides.
If you don’t renew your Leader Qualification annually, you Leadership qualification will expire. Once more than 3 years elapse without renewal, your details will be removed from the database permanently. Renewals are due on the 1st January each year.
If you wish to pay by BACS – DETAILS ARE ON THE NEW RENEWAL FORM BUT YOU WILL ALSO NEED TO EMAIL MANDY PARKER WHEN PAYMENT IS MADE AS IT WILL NEED TO BE CONFIRMED BEFORE CARDS ARE ISSUED.
Courses are only run occasionally.
The courses involve both theoretical and practical sessions. In all cases the participant will need to show evidence of competence in managing groups of children. This can be done either by being a qualified teacher or youth worker, or having a qualification that is assessed in group management such as a mountain leader’ s award. Or after taking the course completing 20 hours of assessed activity, supervised by someone who has one of these qualifications (they do not have to be qualified cyclists) or a named person in your area who is acceptable to BSCA.
Touring Leaders Course
(1 day course), which addresses all aspects of planning and taking a group of young people on tour, from a short day ride to a weeks youth hostelling. Special emphasis on road safety, and how to safely negotiate the hazards of the road system.
Cycling Teaching Certificate Course
(3 day course which incorporates the Touring leaders course) also deals with how to run small competitions safely. It deals with competitive cycling, cyclo-cross and mountain biking, BMX, and cycle speedway, and more importantly where to get information from. This course also includes a short written exam at the end of the third day.
Mountain Bike/Off Road Leaders Course
(2 day course) which deals with navigation and mechanics to a greater depth than the other courses. Designed to enable leaders to take young people on tours of Rights of way and Bridleways, and get them back safely. The course deals with problems of dangerous environments, and peaceful co-existence with other outdoor pursuits. Off road racing and competition are also covered.
All courses are continuously assessed in terms of demonstrating ability to handle groups, especially in the setting of goals and limitations appropriate to the age, aptitude and ability of young people.
- Accepted by many local education authorities and recognised by the Adventure Licensing Authority.
- Developed in close consultation with Hampshire Education Authority and other professionals in the outdoor industry.
In order for our qualification to be valid, you must have an up to date one day First Aid Course and full appropriate insurance (insurance is not provided by BSCA).
For further information, please contact our National Coach, Kay Ball, 25 Bertram Street, CARDIFF Wales CF24 1NX, Tel: 029 2025 4260