There are many reasons to consider hiring a private coach: To excel at a faster pace than in group lessons, to supplement your group lessons with an occasional private one for more focused attention, to obtain assistance developing a difficult skill, to increase your commitment to skating, or to pursue a competitive path. Whatever the reason, this document provides information for your consideration in choosing the best coach for you or your child from the Club’s professional staff.
After reviewing the Club coaching staff’s profiles you may also want to ask other members who they employ as a coach, if they are satisfied with their services, and if not, why. Keep in mind however, that not every coach is the right fit for every student: What works for one family may not be the best fit for you – either long-term, or for your skater’s immediate development
Some things to consider when selecting the right coach are personality, learning and teaching styles, experience and technical know-how.
Some of the questions the Club recommends asking prospective coaches include:
What is your coaching philosophy?
What do you believe are the responsibilities of a good skating coach?
How long have you been coaching?
What are your greatest coaching accomplishments?
Do you specialize in coaching certain disciplines (e.g. singles, pairs, ice dancing, synchronized skating)?