Although the skating season is quite a long way off, the Eckville Skating Club is already looking to make sure they are able to provide the necessary instruction for all their young skaters. Specifically, the Club is looking for coaches for this coming season.
Sandi-Rae Hebb, a former coach and current Board Member with the Club said, “we are looking for more coaches this year. Our current coach normally teaches full-time in Sylvan Lake, and now that their arena is complete, she’ll be spending most of her time there.”
President Brandy Parsons, President said that the Club needs people who are able to teach the fundamentals of skating, adding “we want kids to have fun and be active, and we like to have a little showcase at the end of the season, too.”
The Club is currently looking for coaches who are certified and able to teach in the Learn-to-Skate, CanSkate and StarSkate programs. Coaches need to be certified through Skate Canada. Instructors would be responsible for teaching the Learn-to-Skate classes, which consist of 3-4-year-olds, and the CanSkate classes, which include children ages five and up and the StarSkate group.
“There are a few different courses for CanSkate and StarSkate,” said Parsons. “We’re looking for CanSkate instructors, but we would like to instructors who can do both CanSkate and StarSkate.”
Learn-to-Skate and CanSkate are the more basic classes, through which children learn the fundamentals of skating, while StarSkate is more advanced, and entails private and group lessons and testing.
“Our program normally runs two days a week for about three to four hours, depending on the day,” said Hebb.
Parsons said there are one or two openings for coaches with the Eckville Skate Club, but the availability of those positions hinges on the qualifications of those who apply.
“If they can coach both CanSkate and StarSkate, and want to coach both, they can. If they only want to coach one, they can do that too,” said Parsons. “There’s flexibility in terms of hours and nights, too. We can set that up with the arena board, to accommodate their schedule, if need be.”
Those who are interested in becoming a coach for the Club are advised to check out https://skatecanada.ca, to sign up or to find out more about criteria for coaches.