If you're in half way decent shape, which I hope we all are :wink: , then it's not bad at all... I had a great time during it... the most strenuous part is the course at the end... but even that is only has hard as you make it... you just have to finish it... not set any times... although competition and LE go hand and hand right!!! so you end up pushing it
Its pretty intense physically. You have to go through all sorts of different drills, such as riding down stairs, power slides, obstacle courses and such. The last day you will have both a written test along with a practical test which is a timed obstacle course, when I went through it we went through a path in the woods where there was dirt, hills, mud, big rocks and trees.
I AGREE WITH ZUKE :L: make sure you get the bike shorts with padding and also get a good pair of padded bike gloves. I went through c.o.b.w.e.b. its not too bad...you prolly will feel a little tired at the end of the day and a sore if you don't have the proper padded clothing.....the most challenging part is the obstical course because your being timed and watched for mistakes, but its a great course i would suggest taking it if you are really considering bike patrol :thumbup:
The BEST tip: RIDE!!! If you haven't been on a bike in a long time you better start riding... It will really help you if you build up your balance and basic skills again before you start power sliding, dismounting and going down stairs. Other wise you're gonna get hurt... The weather is a factor too.. when I did it 2 years ago in August, those 3 days were also record setting temp days, it was over 100`f. each day...
I recommend doing IPMBA instead. The only instructor in the state is out of Mount Holyoke College. IPMBA is international certification, and it is a tougher course. Hooahh!
That is - if you like tougher! I agree with the bike shorts, get them padded. Good gloves too - and most importantly, a great pair of sunglasses; polarized and scratch resistant is best! I cannot tell you how many times I thanked my lucky stars I had them. Make sure you are in shape, and I also agree with the recommendation to ride. Practice makes perfect. Balance is so key! Everything has to do with balance! Good luck!