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Group Ride Volunteer Requirements

Ride Leader or Sweep?

Here are the requirements:

RIDE LEADERS Steps 1-4 are required
SWEEPS Steps 1-2 are required


Step 1 Sign the WMBC Waiver: Find our annual waiver here. Scroll down to 2023 Group Ride Volunteers

Encouraged: Become a WMBC member:



Step 2 IF RIDING WITH YOUTH: Complete and Submit a Background Check: Go through Bellingham Public Schools: WASP background check.

Exceptions: Teachers in Whatcom/Skagit County; students in a local high school; already approved volunteers within BPS for 2022-2023 school year

Find your status here:

Forward approval email to

Step 3 First Aid/CPR Certification: In-person class is preferred. Backcountry Medical Guides is providing a 2 day Wilderness First Aid course on Sat-Sun March 25-26. A discount is available if you commit to Ride Leading in spring and/or fall seasons. Email for a code. Upon completion, submit certificate to
Information: March 25-26, 2023 WFA  Registration:


EVERY FOUR YEARS (if you stay active)

Step 4 Ride Leader Training:  Email to find out about upcoming sessions.

If you have received a Ride Leader Certification from another organization, please email certificate to

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