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Join The Patrol


Join the Patrol
as a biking, or hiking, safety patroller!

You are welcome to take an optional get-acquainted patrol ride, or patrol hike,  to see how we operate (contact our Recruitment advisor, below)



Take National Bike Patroller Certification Class

You are welcome to join us for an optional get-acquainted patrol ride, or patrol hike, to see and discuss how we operate  (contact our Recruitment advisor, below)

  • Obtain either OFC or OEC certification but not both

    • Outdoor First Care (OFC) - Class (8-hours) is the first-aid requirement to become a Bike Patroller candidate for the American River Bike Patrol (and mountain host slots at varied ski areas).

    • Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) - Class (80-hours) is the first-aid requirement to become a Ski Patrol candidate at a ski resort; f you already have an OEC credential, you satisfy first-aid requirement.

  • CPR BLS class (CPR for Health Care providers)



ARBP Orientation

You are welcome to join us for an optional get-acquainted patrol ride, or patrol hike, to see and discuss how we operate (contact our Recruitment advisor, below)

  • Attend a 3.5 hour bike patrol "trail ready" orientation class, offered on-line, and pass the quiz, which you can take on the members area once you are given member access the ARBP portal.

  •  Take the online and hands-on portions of the National Ski Patrol’s Bike 1, Basics of Bike Patrolling course.

  • Participate in skills/training assessment check-off ride, or check off hike.

  • Participate in a basic bike mechanics maintenance class, offered monthly.

  • Order approved ARBP uniform items

  • Take a Livescan universal background check


Annual Requirements:

  • National Ski and Bike Patrol Membership

  • Obtain and Maintain Outdoor First Care (or OEC) and CPR certifications

  • Attend the required annual refresher course for active Patrollers (usually held late spring)

  • Be knowledgeable and comfortable in basic on-trail bike repair (course provided)

  • Attend half or more of our First Saturday morning information/training meetings

  • Attend at least one Parkway event representing the patrol per year

  • Log a minimum annual patrol commitment of 48 hours. If you are a member of another NSP Patrol registering as a secondary bike patroller, requirement is 30 hours annually.


Estimated financial commitments for biking or hiking  patrol members:

  • Annual Membership in National Ski Patrol, $100(if you are a NSP member of another patrol, host unit or alumni member, you pay nothing more as a secondary member); annual NSP regional and divisional dues, $39 dollars.  Once the candidate achieves full patroller status and fulfills annual hourly requirements and other membership expectations, the patrol has helped offset annual dues expenses when patrol finances allow.

  • Outdoor First Care course (about 4 hours on-line, another 4 hours hands-on ) is $25; CPR course, about $25.

  • Universal background check (required of Sacramento County, for volunteers) is about $30

  • Patrol Jersey is about $65 and/or mesh vest is about $30. The patrol quartermaster has other uniform options, as well. 


Questions: Contact the Patrol Recruitment Advisor,  Tim Viall,; cell, 209.969.3875.

Apply for Bike/Safety Patrol

By applying below you state you understand and accept the roles and responsibilities of a National bike patroller and member of the NSP. You also agree to keep the required certifications and training current to the best of your ability and to have fun as a member of this pioneering patrol!

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