One of the biggest questions we get is about how to pick a private coach. First, it is important to know that the Richmond Figure Skating Club deals with all coaches as independent contractors. They do not work for the club, but at times the club does reimburse them on behalf of it‘s members for services rendered.
Many of the coaches maintain memberships and ratings with the Professional Skater‘s Association (PSA) and attend regular training and certification classes. You can learn more about these ratings by visiting the PSA at www.psa.com.
We do not make recommendations on specific coaches, but encourage the skater and the parent to start out by trying one that the student may have had as a group teacher in Learn to Skate classes or who matches them in personality and skating philosophy. Each coach has different rates, experience and styles of teaching and it is sometimes best to try an couple of coaches before deciding on one. Certain coaches may specialize in certain disciplines of skating which you can read about below, i.e. ice dance.
Skaters/Parents pay the coaches directly for their coaching time (typically in increments of 30 minute lessons). Below is a list of coaches who work in the area:
Mary Ruth Halapatz