Skills Courses

Spreading the love of riding, one ride at a time.
New Zealand is home to some of the world’s best instructors. WorkSafe keeps record of all MTB Instruction companies that have been audited under the Adventure Activity Regulations 2016.

Starting a mountain bike instructing business.
Running a MTB instruction company is heaps of fun, but we also want to make sure people that people are doing it safely.

Here is a check list to start:

  • Form a Company with the NZ Companies Registry
  • Get land owner permission. These may be DOC concessions, Recreation Permits for Crown Lease land from LINZ, private land holder agreements and possibly a resource consent.
  • Create a Safety management plan (SMP) – this will need to include or be supported by SOPs, staff training and induction, Hazard and risk assessment register. Check out for templates
  • The Adventure Activities Regulations 2016 means that most likely you’ll need to  register your business and gain a higher audit from Outdoors Mark or Adventure Mark. Most trails over grade 3 would fit in this scope. If you’re in doubt then there is no doubt you should be registered. It will protect you and the greater industry.
    Legislation regulations to consider:
  • Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
  • Health and Safety at Work (Adventure Activities) Regulations 2016
  • Accident Compensation Act 2001
  • Maritime Transport Act 1994
  • Local Government Act 2002
  • Land Transport Act Now 2017
  • Land Transport Rule: Passenger Service Vehicles 1999
  • The Conservation Act 1987
  • Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Rule 1999
  • Resource Management Act 1991
  • Civil defence Emergency Management Act 2002
  • Privacy Act 1993
  • Employment Relations Act 2000
  • Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017
  • MOSHH Assessment – chemicals used in work place.


For more information contact NZPMBA Instructing Representative:

Ashley Peters Founder, Instructor: WORD- youth MTB adventures and JoyRide

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