At the Aylmer Skating Club, our coaches are among the very best. All coaches are Skate Canada professionals with National Coaching Certification (NCCP), First Aid Certification and Police Clearance Checks through Skate Canada. Our coaches teach both group and private lessons, and have a strong tenure with the club.
All CanSkate and Beginner StarSkate have group lessons provided by professionally certified coaches registered with Skate Canada and are assisted by our older skaters and are called Program Assistants. StarSkate sessions do not provide instruction at this time. A skater may prefer some personal attention Private or semi-private lessons are available on all sessions from our coaches and are required once a skater reaches the Star 2 level.
It is up to the skater and the parent to contact a coach directly to enquire about private lessons. This arrangement is independent of the club. The Club will not recommend a specific coach. When you hire a coach, the agreement is made between the skater, parent and coach. The Club assumes no responsibility for private lessons arranged, or for fees incurred. The rate charged is at the prerogative of the coach.
Before hiring a coach, some factors to consider:
It is the skater’s responsibility to inform their private coach of their absence for a lesson. You may find that you have been charged for a lesson that you did not attend if adequate notice was not given. If your coach is away, he/she will try to notify you and possibly send a replacement. In emergency situations, the coach will try to notify the club of their absence and a notice will be posted on the Bulletin Boards. Each coach has their own policies regarding cancellation and missing lessons.
The Professional Coaching Staff have an agreement with the Aylmer Skating Club to provide their time and services to both the Club and its membership. The Professional Coaching Staff are self-employed business professionals who work for a fee, normally charged on a 15 minute per lesson basis. Lessons for dance, freeskate and skills are arranged and paid for by the parent or skater. Payments are to be made directly to the coach. Selection of a professional coach must be from the professionals listed below as they are signed on with the Aylmer Skating Club. Private or semi-private lessons are mandatory for Star 2 through Gold levels of skating, but you can start much sooner if you wish to – even in Canskate!