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Group Ride Volunteer Requirements

Ride Leader or Sweep?

Ride Leaders are responsible for leading a group of 6-8 kids on rides each week and teaching them basic mountain bike skills.

Sweeps assist ride leaders but are not expected to teach the group. They support the ride leader by demonstrating  proper technique, riding last or sometimes first, chatting with the kids, and supporting a fun, positive environment.

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 2024 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 2023-2024 school year

Find your status here:

Forward approval email to

Step 3 First Aid/CPR Certification: In-person class is preferred. 


EVERY FOUR YEARS (if you stay active)

Step 4 Ride Leader Trainings for Spring 2024:​​

Saturday, 3/16 from 8:30am-12:30pm

Sunday, 3/17 from 8:30am-12:30pm

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

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