Safety is the number one priority at SMBA. SMBA coaches work in small groups (6:1 ratio or less), are trained to teach with a gradual progression, carry a first aid kit, carry an athlete emergency contact list, carry cell phones and have radios when out of cell phone range.

All full time SMBA coaches meet the rigorous SMBA hiring standards, including:

  • Background check
  • Wilderness First Aid Certification
  • CPR Certification
  • Concussion Training Certification
  • SMBA Coach Training Program Certification
  • Past Coaching Experience
  • Training in SMBA evacuation and safety protocol
  • Because we know that safety also includes feeling safe at camp, our coaches are trained to handle bullying and work to create and positive supportive environment for all riders.


What can I do to keep my rider safe?

  • Please insure that your emergency contact information is correct when registering.
  • Please put allergy information on all paper work and let the athlete’s coach and SMBA program director know, in writing, at drop off.
  • Please remind your child to get good rest, fuel their body appropriately and listen to their coaches.

What happens if my rider gets sick or injured?

SMBA will contact you if your athlete is too sick or injured to continue riding. All SMBA coaches are supplied with a list of emergency contacts so that they can reach you as soon as possible. In some cases you will need to pick up your child. If there is an emergency that requires immediate attention we will call 911.

If injured, when can my rider return to SMBA?

If an injury, that requires medical attention, does occur, please receive medical clearance before returning to SMBA. In the case of all injuries please let your athlete’s coach know about the injury and encourage your child to take time off, if an injury is not healing or gets worse.

What is SMBA’s concussion policy?

If a concussion is suspected, the rider will be sent home from the ride or race. We will inform the parent or guardian of the suspected concussion and encourage them to see a health care professional. Athletes will not be allowed to ride until a health care professional, experienced in evaluating for concussion, says they are symptom-free and it’s OK to return. A repeat concussion that occurs before the brain recovers from the first—usually within a short period of time (hours, days, or weeks)—can slow recovery or increase the likelihood of having long-term problems.