Instructor Training is coordinated through
Cycling Instructors Association of Canada 

All candidates must have completed the Advanced (or equivalent) course and received a recommendation from the instructor of that course. 

Instructor Training Process: 

See this page for a detailed explanation of the process.

If you are ready for Instructor Training, please contact via email so your qualifications can be verified. 

Employment Opportunity:

Safer Cycling Calgary is actively searching for staff for the current/upcoming year and future years. If you are interested in working with SCC, you will be eligible for a 50% discount on the Advanced course and be paid for the courses you work during your training & practicum. Once you are certified, you will be able to set your own schedule, teaching courses when you want and letting SCC handle all the registration process, marketing and recruiting assistants (if necessary). 

Safer Cycling Calgary has 2 streams of focus: 
1. First Time courses, almost exclusively on weekends (adult and/or child). 
2. Intermediate courses, exclusively on weekdays - community-based afternoon courses, daycamps in the summer and eventually directly to schools in May & June. 

2021 wage expectations: $17/hr for assistant/practicum instructors, $20/hr (or percentage of registration fees) for Certified Instructors. 

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bike pathCalgary has over 1000km of multi-use pathway including approximately 150km which forms a route encircling the entire city: learn how to ride the pathways with confidence.

Objective:

Participants learn skills to build confidence, mitigate risks and deal with common pathway situations.

Course outline:

  • Bike and helmet check.
  • Starting and stopping.
  • Using gears.
  • Common pathway risks and how to mitigate.
  • Passing other pathway users.
  • Bike security.

Course structure:

  • Maximum 2 participants per instructor.
  • Minimum age: 14 years. No maximum age. (Family courses will be considered)
  • All participants must be able to ride a bike without significant wobbling.
  • Participants must supply their own properly fitting bike in good working condition and current, certified bike helmet. (This course is ebike compatible.)

Cost and length:

  • Course length: 3 hours in a single session.
  • Cost: $100 per participant.

Note: Beginner is for people who *already* know how to ride a bike. Do not choose this course if you need to learn how to ride. 

2021 Course dates:

This course is typically scheduled on demand: please email us!

For more information, please email us!

 

Melissa downtownThis is a course in defensive cycling for those who live or work in areas with busier roads. You will improve your confidence and skill in riding in increasingly challenging traffic situations. 

Reasonable cycling experience is required for this course. This is usually taught as a combined Novice, Intermediate and Advanced course; there are no prerequisite courses in this format.

Course objectives:

Upon completion of the course, participants should feel confident to ride regularly and safely for transportation and recreational purposes, in any urban environment.

Course Outline:

Theory:

Traffic Dynamics
Traffic Dynamics
Rules of the road, where to ride on the road, principles of traffic flow.
Crashes and Collisions
Studies, analysis, risk mitigation.
Maintenance and Equipment
Basic tool kit, bicycle fit, selection, helmets, safety equipment, inspection/safety check, flat tire repair.
Other
Other
Route planning, bike security, riding in the dark, nutrition.

Road:

Group Riding
Group Riding
Technique, etiquette.
Braking
Advanced Handling Skills
Skills to prevent crashes.
Commuters
Arterials
Riding on arterials and other busy roads.

Course structure:

  • Maximum 6 participants per instructor. 
  • Minimum age: 16 years. There is no maximum age. 
  • All participants must be able to ride a bike comfortably on pathways; see pre-course skills evaluation. 
  • Participants must provide their own properly fitting bike in good working condition, and a properly fitting, certified bike helmet. (A bike with gears is highly recommended.)

Course runs rain, snow or shine: be prepared for the weather!

Participant pre-course skills evaluation

In order to attend this course, participants must have the following cycling abilities:

  • Start independently
  • Balance and pedal
  • Stop using the brakes on the bike (coaster or hand brakes are acceptable)
  • Turn left and right
  • Ride with right hand only (left hand off the handlebar) for 3 seconds
  • Be comfortable riding on pathways.

We reserve the right to remove a participant from the course if their skills are inadequate to continue. Fee adjustment will be applicable only if we feel your abilities are not appropriate for the Advanced road ride component. 

Cost and length:

  • Course length: 12 hours plus online learning. 
  • Cost: $175 per participant.

Note this course has an online learning component which must be completed by each participant prior to the first day. This is a multi-day course; all sessions must be attended in full. We cannot accommodate participants for the remainder of the course if any part of a session is missed.

Women's only courses may be available; please email to inquire.

2021 Course Dates:

Tuesday Apr 27 6-9pm, Thurs Apr 29 6-9pm & Sat May 1 9am-3pm
This is a combined Novice/Intermediate/Advanced course. 


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cyclist pilons

Novice will teach key skills targeting injury prevention and introduce cyclists to riding on very quiet residential roads. 

Objective:

Participants will be introduced to skills essential to safe handling of the bicycle, reducing some of the risks associated with cycling.

Course outline:

  • Helmet and clothing check
  • Bike fit and check
  • Straight line riding
  • Signalling
  • Braking and stopping
  • Bike security
  • Introduction to on-road riding

Course structure:

  • Maximum 6 participants per instructor.
  • Minimum age 7 years (no exceptions). No maximum age: adults are encouraged to attend! 
  • All participants must be able to ride a bike without training wheels. (See ability assessment below.)
  • Participants must supply their own properly fitting bike in good working condition and current, certified bike helmet. 
  • Course is subject to adjustments for covid: please see current information here.

Participant pre-course skills evaluation

In order to attend this course, participants must have the following cycling abilities:

  • Start independently
  • Balance and pedal for at least 20m
  • Stop using the brakes on the bike (coaster or hand brakes are acceptable)
  • Turn left and right
  • Ride with right hand only (left hand off the handlebar) for 3 seconds

We reserve the right to deny participation in the on-road portion of the course if participant does not have adequate abilities. No fee adjustment will be available.

Cost and length:

  • Course length: 2 hrs (including on-road portion)
  • Cost: $30 per participant.

2021 Course dates:

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bike housesBike infrastructure will never go from every front door to every possible destination: you will need to ride on the road to get to nearby destinations like the dentist, grocery store, library or coffee shop. An essential course for most cyclists.

Course objective:

Cyclists aged 16 and up learn skills and build confidence to ride safely on residential roads. 

Course outline:

Theory:

Traffic Dynamics
Traffic Dynamics
Rules of the road, where to ride on the road, principles of traffic flow.
Crashes and Collisions
Studies, analysis, risk mitigation.
Maintenance and Equipment
Basic tool kit, bicycle fit, selection, helmets, safety equipment, inspection/safety check, flat tire repair.
Other
Other
Route planning, bike security, riding in the dark, nutrition.

Road:

Group Riding
Group Riding
Technique, etiquette.
Rock Dodge
Handling Skills
Skills to prevent crashes.
Roads
Roads
Riding on residential roads.

Course structure:

  • Maximum 6 participants per instructor.
  • Minimum age: 16 years. There is no maximum age.
  • All participants must be able to ride a bike comfortably on pathways; see pre-course skills evaluation.
  • Participants must provide their own properly fitting bike in good working condition, and a properly fitting, certified bike helmet. (A bike with gears is recommended but not required.)

Course runs rain, snow or shine: be prepared for the weather!

Participant pre-course skills evaluation

In order to attend this course, participants must have the following cycling abilities:

  • Start independently
  • Balance and pedal
  • Stop using the brakes on the bike (coaster or hand brakes are acceptable)
  • Turn left and right
  • Ride with right hand only (left hand off the handlebar) for 3 seconds
  • Be comfortable riding on pathways.

We reserve the right to remove a participant from the course if their skills are inadequate to continue. No fee adjustment will be available.

Cost and length:

  • Course length: 6 hours plus online learning.
  • Cost: $100 per participant.

Note this course has an online learning component which must be completed by each participant prior to the first day. This is a multi-day course; all sessions must be attended in full. We cannot accommodate participants for the remainder of the course if any part of a session is missed. 

2021 Course dates: 

Tuesday April 27 & Thursday April 29: 6-9pm each day. 
This is a combined Novice/Intermediate/Advanced course.

Tuesday May 11 & Thursday May 13: 6-9pm each day.
This is a combined Novice/Intermediate course.

 

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