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Coaches play a vital role in a skater’s progress and performance. When choosing a coach there are many things to consider; cost, availability and qualifications. Feel free to make inquiries to assure that you have all the information you need to make an informed decision. A list of names and phone numbers are on the links at left and on our homepage).
See the list to the left (or the above menu "About Us" then "Coaches") and click on a name for certification levels, personal skating backgrounds and contact information.
Coaches rates will vary based on qualifications and experience. On average you can expect to pay anywhere from $10.00 ‐ $20.00 for a 15 minute private lesson. Please note that coaches set their own rate. $10-20 per 15 min is only a general guideline. Rates may vary if there is more than one person in the group (semi private or group instruction) and length of the lesson (10 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes or more). Be sure to ask the coach for a fee schedule before committing to any lessons.
Check to see if the coach is available on the sessions you are planning to skate on. If you are interested in a specific coach, check their availability first and then try to skate on those sessions. If skating on a certain day is more important, register for the session and then check with the coach for their availability.
All coaches are required to be registered with Skate Canada, the governing body of skating in Canada. This insures they are qualified as coaches, have current first aid and are insured. The standard qualification levels are mandated by the Coaches Association of Canada and are based on the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). Coaches are designated through certification as CanSkate coaches, Primary STARSkate (formerly NCCP Level 1), Intermediate STARSkate (formerly NCCP Level 2) and NCCP Levels 3, 4 and 5. As a point of reference, there are very few NCCP level 5 certified Figure Skating Coaches in Canada, and you need to be Level 3 to coach at an Olympic game. Coaches are also required to participate in the Coaches Education Program (CEP). In this program they are rewarded points for participating in various types of activities such as Leadership, Continuous Education, Seminars, Conventions, workshops, planning, etc. Every two years the Coaches are rated Gold, Silver or Bronze based on the points they have accumulated.
Make sure you communicate on a regular basis with your coach. It may be via email, phone or a conversation in person. Set goals at the beginning of the year, and communicate with the coach to ensure you are on track.