Become an Instructor
We are looking for great people who want to teach others how to ride safely. Join our fantastic team of 20 certified cycling instructors! With funding from the City of Thunder Bay, we are proud to offer CAN-BIKE Bike Rodeo instructor training free of cost. The total value of these courses is $1,000.
Our instructors provide an invaluable service to our community. They help citizens learn how to ride knowledgeably and confidently. They help make our roads safer for all users. They set the standard for cycling skill and etiquette.
If you are looking to develop an important skillset, be a community leader, and get paid to teach cycling courses, apply to become a CAN-BIKE Bike Rodeo instructor today!
Our next course will begin in April 2017.To submit an application, email a 1-page cover letter to EcoSuperior%23org|Caroline. You cover letter should explain why you are interested in becoming a Safe Cycling instructor in Thunder Bay and detail your relevant teaching, cycling, and volunteer experience.
Prerequisites for Bike Rodeo Instructor Workshop
Enthusiastic about cycling
Belief in the importance of lawful cycling
Interested in teaching
Willing to learn and develop teaching as well as cycling skills
Committed to teaching cycling courses
Must be 18 years of age or older
A functional bike that meets legal requirements
About the course
Successful participants will become nationally-certified instructors with CAN-BIKE and will be able to teach cycling classes.
About teaching opportunities
We provide our instructors with the support that they need by offering opportunities to improve their skill sets and receive mentorship. The first section of the instructor training is skill-focused, so everyone in the course will be able to improve any weak points well before they begin teaching. New instructors are have a mentor instructor for the first year that they teach, and they don't give courses alone until they are very comfortable. Even for experienced instructors, most courses are team taught.
Instuctors can make their own hours: some instructors teach a handful of courses each year, while other instructors take on more courses.
The number of courses offered each week varies. May, June, and September tend to have the most teaching opportunities, with up to 12 courses offered in a week. The busiest times occur during Spring Bike Week in Grade 4 classrooms, when we require as many instructors as possible to teach in classrooms. July and August are slower, and 2-5 courses tend to be offered each week. On average, courses last 2-4 hours. Instructors earn $20/hour.
Stay tuned for 2017 course dates.
Safe Cycling Thunder Bay is looking for people who love riding, want to help others, and will join our team of 24 instructors. To apply, please submit a 1-page cover letter detailing why you would like to become a cycling instructor in Thunder Bay, and include any relevant teaching, volunteering, or cycling experience to EcoSuperior%23org|Caroline. If you have questions about becoming an instructor, email Caroline or phone 624-2144.