Hiring a Coach
All club coaches are contracted by the Club to coach our CanSkate and Power sessions as well as stroking and group lessons for our STARSkate sessions. Coaches are self-employed and set their own hours and fees. Private coaching speeds up progress by helping skaters focus on individual goals and challenges such as preparing for competitions or working through Skate Canada assessment / test levels.
If your skater wants to try competing or assessing/testing, Skate Canada dictates that you must have a coach.
A skater's base coach will teach all disciplines – freeskate, skills and dance.Coaches may also arrange lessons with another club coaches to supplement lessons. .
Our professional coaches are all self-employed, and therefore set their own schedule and fees.
When registering for a STARSkate session, it’s important to note that session fees cover ice rental costs (for Pre-Star sessions & Star 1, session fees also include group lessons) In addition to session fees, each skater will have a certain number of private or semi-private lessons.
Coaches provide each skater/family with a bill -- usually monthly – for their lessons. Coaching fees are expected to be paid in a timely fashion. Skaters with unpaid coaching fees may not be considered members in good standing, which could prevent a skater from registering for competitions or test days.
Finding a Coach
Every coach differs in style and philosophy, and it’s important for parents to make an informed choice on behalf of their skater. Parents know their child best! Be sure to give some thought to your skater’s learning style and personality, and then talk to a few coaches -- in addition to other skaters or parents -- to determine which coach would be the best fit for your skater. Ask you skater who they like they like working best with on the ice.
Before making a final decision on a coach, be sure to check on his or her availability for the sessions you wish to book, as not all coaches teach on every session. You should also determine the frequency of lessons per week.
Our coaches fill up quickly. It's important to speak with the and try to arrange lessons as soon as possible each season.