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Choosing the Right Private Lesson Skating Coach

Finding a One-On-One Skating Instructor


If you think signing up with a private lesson skating coach might be a step in the right direction, you could choose to start private lessons with a former group class instructor. Many end up being assigned to a skating coach by the management of a skating facility or by referrals from friends. You might even find a coach via directories or coaching association member lists. In any case, you should interview the potential skating coach, and get as much information as possible since this will be a private lesson one-on-one relationship.

Things to Consider for a Private Instruction

A private lesson skating coach should be certified through a reputable skating organization. Some well-known certification organizations in the United States are: Some worldwide certification organizations are: You will want to be comfortable with the skating coach and make sure it is easy to understand his or her instructions. You have decided to improve your skating, so make sure you have a coach that agrees with your inline skating goals and understands any specials needs you may have.

  • Make sure your skating coach has several years of experience, especially in relation to your goals.

  • A good skating coach will listen closely to what you say and make sure he understands your goals.

  • A good skating coach will be focused on you during your sessions.

  • A good skating coach will regularly assess your progress and change things if necessary.

  • Decide if the coach's teaching credentials meet your needs, and feel free to consult their coaching bios or resumes.

  • The coach's personality is important, since you will be working with this person on a regular basis.

  • Make sure you get along with your skating coach and feel comfortable asking questions.

  • Make sure the coach is available at the times that you are able to skate.
Discuss your private lesson expectations and inline skating goals in detail with a potential new coach. Be sure to also discuss any areas of concern or special needs. Your budget, goals, discipline and requirements will determine how many lessons you or your skater will take each week. The coach will be able to guide you as to what is an appropriate number based on your skating level and your budget. Make sure that you and the prospective coach agree on the amount of lessons and payment schedule. When you find a coach you like, who fits your budget, agrees with your goals and meets your requirements, start private skating lessons!

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