First Aid Requirements

Mountain biking is a sport of inherent risks and injuries can happen away from municipal emergency medical services. Our license program meets industry standards for first aid training to ensure NICA student-athletes (and fellow volunteers) receive appropriate care and response when emergencies occur. The CPR requirement is straightforward. It is the same training and requirement for Level 2 and 3 coaches regardless of the areas your NICA team practices.

Geography of your practice areas is the primary factor used in choosing which First Aid course is appropriate for you and other coaches on your team. They key definition to reference is “time to definitive care.” Time to definitive care means approximately long it would take for Emergency Medical Services to reach, evacuate and deliver a critically injured patient to a hospital. NICA defines practice areas that are within 1-hour of definitive care as “front country or urban,” and areas that are beyond 1-hour of definitive care as “wilderness.”
 
Level 1 Appropriate Courses: Level 1 has been assessed as not needing first aid training as they are either leading practices in a city park with rapid EMS response OR are assisting level 2 or level 3 coaches if going on any trails.

Level 2 Appropriate Courses: Basic First Aid (4+ hours) OR NICA Approved First Aid (8 hours) coaches practicing within one hour of definitive care and Wilderness First Aid (16 hours) for any coaches practicing further than 1 hour from definitive care.

Level 3 Appropriate Courses: NICA Approved First Aid (8 hours) for coaches practicing within one hour of definitive care and Wilderness First Aid (16 hours) for any coaches practicing further than 1 hour from definitive care.

 License Requirement

Level 1

Level 2*

Level 3* 

 First Aid Must be assisting level 2 or 3

if leaving urban area

 Basic First Aid (~4 hr),NICA Approved First Aid (8 hr)

or

WFA (16 hr)

NICA Approved First Aid (8 hr)

or

WFA (16 hr)

 CPR Certification Must be assisting level 2 or 3

if leaving urban area

 In-person Class Required  In-person Class Required

*Due to state-wide geography beyond 1 hr definitive care, Idaho and Colorado level 3 coaches are required to have 16-hour WFA Training. Starting in 2019 Colorado and Idaho will require level 2 coaches to have 16-hr WFA Training.

First Aid Courses Recognized by NICA


First Aid
-Any in-person course or hybrid online and in-person course with at minimum a 3 hour duration focused on first aid skills and scenarios.

-NICA recommends courses on the American Camp Association Recognized Certification List.

NICA Approved First Aid (8 hour)
-Backcountry Lifeline’s First Aid for Mountain Bikers™
-SOLO NICA Approved First Aid (8 hour)
-Bob Foster NICA Approved First Aid (8 hour)
-Expedition School NICA Approved First Aid (8 hour)
-Otis Guy Teaching Services NICA Approved First Aid (8 hour)
– Scott Zelenetz Medi-Bike NICA Approved First Aid (8 hour)
– Michael Booker EMS Safety (8 hour)
– Alabama BSA Troop 142 ECSI (8 hour)
– Ride Safe (8 hour)

Wilderness First Aid (16 hour)
-Any in-person course or hybrid online and in-person course with a minimum 16 hour duration.

-NICA recommends courses on the American Camp Association Recognized Certification List.

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 or you would like to petition for a substitution, please contact chris@nationalmtb.org.

Further details on substitutions-
You may substitute higher level of training to meet your coach license requirement.
 
You might be wondering why the most advanced trainings substitute for the 8 hour NICA Approved First Aid instead of 16 hour Wilderness First Aid. This is based on the geography focus of these more advanced trainings: Paramedics, EMTs, Doctors and others are trained to work in an urban setting as opposed to a wilderness setting.
 
If your more advanced training is not on this list, you may petition to have it added. Please send us your certification card with expiration date and a description of how your training exceeds already recognized trainings. To be approved, your more advanced training would need to:

-Exceed the instruction time of each component of the training you are substituting. Focused instruction time would need to surpass 4+ hours for first
aid, 8+ hours for NICA Approved First Aid and 16+ Hours for Wilderness First Aid.
-Have jurisdiction to give care in the urban and/or wilderness geography of your team’s practices.
-Take legal precedence over basic first aid and/or CPR training in the care you give. This would be based on federal and, in some cases, state regulations (This means if you received another training, you would legally have to use your existing higher level of training).

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.

 
 
 

Are you a First Aid Course Provider or Instructor?
To become a NICA Approved First Aid (8 hour) Provider or Instructor, please follow this process:
1. Review Full Rubric for NICA Approved First Aid Instructors
2. Review Coaches Risk Management for Team Practice 1, 2 and 3 (video or text and take tests)
3. Contact chris@nationalmtb.org to discuss Rubric and your proposed course curriculum.