First Aid Training

First Aid Requirements


Mountain biking is a sport that involves inherent risk and often takes place in locations that responders would have trouble reaching in an emergency. NICA’s Coach Licensing Program sets high standards for first aid certifications.

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Check with your local NICA League to see what WFA, First Aid, and CPR classes are being offered. Certifications are also available through the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and the American Red Cross. If you aren’t sure if a course qualifies, contact Coach Licensing.

Advanced First Aid and Wilderness First Aid: are 8 to 16-hour training designed to prepare anyone who enters the advanced terrain or the wilderness to confidently and effectively respond to injuries and illness that can occur while on the trail. The training will focus on staying calm, making good decisions, and relevant hands-on practice, including on-the-trail scenarios with fellow classmates.

Topics covered in the WFA course include:

• Managing an accident scene out on trail
• patient assessment – shock and bleeding
• head and spinal injuries
• wound care
• musculoskeletal injuries
• heat/cold related illnesses

WFA certified coaches will be prepared to handle an emergency involving either student athletes or fellow coaches, whether it be at the trail head, in the parking lot, or deep into a trail.

Basic First Aid: this requirement can be fulfilled only by hands-on classes, not online courses.

Topics include:

• severe bleeding
• shock
• wounds and burns
• muscle and joint injuries
• head and spinal injuries
• sudden illnesses

A current CPR certification is required for Level 2 and Level 3 certification. Classes may be offered by your league, but any Adult CPR certification will fulfill this requirement (for example, American Red Cross offers classes in most major cities). Typically CPR Certification lasts for 1-2 years.

Self-report certifications (with expiration date) to your coach license in the NICA Pit Zone. Be sure to fill in both the CPR and first aid sections.

To view the chart of Coach License Levels and first aid requirements please click HERE.

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Georgia League Recommended Courses


June 3rd and 4th, 2017

We are excited to announce that we will have Back Country Life Line, a company based out of Colorado coming to Georgia the weekend of June 3rd and 4th to provide a first aid training opportunity.

Taught for mountain bikers, by mountain bikers, Backcountry Lifeline’s trainings focus on the types of emergencies that riders may see or experience on the trails. The Level 1 training, First Aid for Mountain Bikers ™, teaches riders how to recognize emergencies, and how to respond to them, when EMS support is one hour away or less.

Course length: 6 hours
Upon completion of the one day course, students will be BCLL-certified in First Aid, CPR & AED instruction. Completion of the course satisfies the Level 3 coaching requirements for First Aid and WFA equivalent.

TIME: 8:30-5:30 (1 hour break for lunch)
ADDRESS: 3660 GA HWY 365 │ Alto, GA │30510
FEE: $135/person
Participants will need to provide snacks, lunch and drinks.
Parking will be between the two dealerships, and there will be signs leading to the conference room.

TIME: 8:00-5:00 (1 hour break for lunch)
ADDRESS: Boots Ward Cobb Co Rec Center Large Conference Rooms
4845 Dallas Hwy │Powder Springs, GA │30127
FEE: $135/person
Participants will need to provide snacks, lunch and drinks.

Back Country Lifeline

REI Courses

REI is offering several Wilderness First Aid (WFA) courses throughout the year at various locations. To view a complete listing please visit the WFA class page here and then click on the “View more dates” link. Locations include Sawnee Mountain Preserve in Cumming, Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, and the Atlanta REI store. They will be adding an October class as well.

REI also offers American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR/AED for Adult and Child once a month throughout the year. Please visit the CPR class page here and click on the “View more dates” link. Please note that they will be adding late summer and fall dates as well.

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