PROFESSIONAL COACHING TEAM

At WTSC we pride ourselves on our fantastic coaching team. All our coaches are Skate Canada trained & certified and offer instruction in the Skate Canada programs: CanSkate, STARSkate and PowerSkate. If you are interested in adding private lessons please contact the coaches directly, or speak to us in the office.

All our coaches must abide by the Coaches Code of Ethics

Private Lessons

While not mandatory, private lessons may start at the Canskate and PowerSkate level and can greatly help improve a skater's progression. Private lessons are given on sessions called Private Ice on the schedule, and payment of the ice fee should be made directly to the WTSC office in person.

Once a skater moves into the Pre-StarSkate level it is strongly recommended that a skater have a coach. The coach is responsible for the development of the skater as well as guiding them through the testing process and involving them in local competitions. Once a skater moves into the StarSkate level they are required to have a professional coach. Time is set aside during Pre-StarSkate and StarSkate sessions for private lessons. 

Please make your arrangements with the coach directly; payment details are arranged directly with the coach and not through the Club. Please be courteous and notify your coach 24 hours in advance if you have to cancel a lesson.

 

Choosing A Coach

When choosing a coach there are serveral 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

Cost
Coaches rates will vary based on qualifications and experience.  On average you can expect to pay anywhere from $10.00 - $15.00 for a 15 minute private lesson.  Keep in mind that rates will 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).  If you are unsure and are shopping around, be sure to ask the coach for a fee schedule before committing to any lessons.

Availability
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, or Skating Club office for coach’s availability.

Qualifications
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 or NCCP Levels (1,2,3,4,5).  As a point of reference you need to be Level 4 to coach at an Olympic games.  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.  

 

Skater-coach diplomacy

Skaters can expect their coach to be inattendence as arranged, and giving their full attention to those they are teaching. Sometimes coaches have to miss a scheduled lesson, and they should give the Skater advance notice of the cancellation/ reschedule. 

In return, Coaches will expect skaters to be prompt and to attend lessons regularly, and to give advance notice whenever possible if a lesson must be missed. They should receive full and prompt payment according to the terms agreed at the beginning of the coaching relationship. 

Skaters experiencing conflict with a coach need to meet with the coach to discuss the problem.

Circumstances change, relationships don't always work out and sometimes it is time to try something different.  If a skater plans to change coaches, for any reason, the coach should be advised of the decision, by phone or in person, and outstanding coaching fees should be paid in full. Keeping relations cordial contributes to a productive and cooperative atmosphere in the Club generally.