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Re: Mountain biking coach/guide/instructor career advice needed!!!!

I just realised I posted the wrong link. Here's the legal provision:


https://www.admin.ch/opc/en/classifi...883/index.html.


Another source of information - the Swiss Federal Institute of Sports :
https://www.ehsm.admin.ch/
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Re: Mountain biking coach/guide/instructor career advice needed!!!!

One look at Yootoob and you will find kids under 10 with more skills than you can learn in a lifetime! An alternative is being a hut attendant over summer, the Swiss Alpine Club has a number of (remote) huts with attendants.

https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-ch/...d-huts-search/
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Re: Mountain biking coach/guide/instructor career advice needed!!!!

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One look at Yootoob and you will find kids under 10 with more skills than you can learn in a lifetime! An alternative is being a hut attendant over summer, the Swiss Alpine Club has a number of (remote) huts with attendants.

https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-ch/...d-huts-search/
That's just a factor of population - there's almost always somebody better than you at any particular skill when you look globally.

It doesn't make your skill any less valuable or usable, the comparison needs to be against the average for the job you want to do in the location you want to do it. Also those kids aren't instructors, they're making money from YouTube so aren't any competition for the jobs.

As OP is already a ski instructor he presumably has a decent level of physical coordination and ability to lead groups; it also fits pretty well with a summer-only job like MTB instructor, so looks like a good career move to try.

Also trying all of the other suggestions makes sense if they're in the same place; many of the instructors for skiing, MTB, sailing, rafting that I've spoken to have multiple jobs and contacts where they can drop into jobs part time depending on the weather and demand.
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Re: Mountain biking coach/guide/instructor career advice needed!!!!

Someone mentioned this thread to me so I thought I'd come and have a look.

I am a mountain bike guide. To answer a few questions.

You are not legally required to have a qualification to be an MTB guide, however, you will struggle to get insurance if you do not possess a qualification. Mountain Bike Guiding (providing you are not taking people in areas where ropes or other high alpine equipment is needed) does not come under the Dangerous Sports Law which was linked earlier in this thread. But as you will have responsibility for people in sometimes tricky terrain your insurance company will want to see proof of training.

There is a pre-entry test to get into the Swiss MTB Guide training programme. You'll need to have quite a high degree of skill on a bike to pass this pre-entry test. You are examined on different kinds of bike skills, balance exercises, coping with terrain, basic repairs, navigation and group dynamics. If you pass this test then you can do a course where you will have a guiding test at the end at at that point you are a basic guide. To go further you need to do some extra models on teaching bike skills, group dynamics, business etc.

Making a living as an MTB guide you can basically forget unless you have some USP. I know a lot of guides (I was involved as a trainer for a few years) and very few of us are actually able to make a living out of it. Those that do are the ones who are the highest skilled, the fittest and are living in an area where there is a good catchment for customers. Even they have to supplement their living with consultancy work or doing media projects for various companies.

I have my own company running such events and even so I still have a normal job and only do the guiding on the side.

You will want to spend a lot of time on a bike, get your skills up, be very familiar with Swiss Maps and comfortable on your bike in all the terrain people might want to ride here in Switzerland if you want to get your qualification here (Oh and the courses are in German or French).
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