Choose Your Coach Wisely
As you start your research, you’ll want to look for qualified coaches who can teach to your learning style, support your level of experience, and help you meet your riding goals.
Time and time again, we’ve heard about bad experiences from students who have had “instructors” who have no idea how to be “coaches”. But what is the difference between an instructor and a coach? At risk of oversimplifying, instructors know what skills riders need in general. Coaches, on the other hand, are able to know what skill each individual rider needs.
We encourage you to research how creditable the school is before you dish out your hard-earned cash for training. Find out the background of the school and its instructors. Find out what their teaching style is. Are they ex-pro racers, now teaching? What qualifications do they have for coaching? Do they continue to work on their professional development?
Many instructors go through the certification process and that’s where their training ends. They don’t continue refining their skills and developing into good coaches– they remain entry-level instructors, at best. Just as motorcyclists need to continually practice riding skills, motorcycle instructors should continue developing their teaching skills to become qualified, experienced coaches.
Without ongoing practice, anyone learning something new loses a good amount of the information that has been taught (some statistics say as much as 60%). Coaches and riders alike should practice their skills until the information is embedded and becomes second nature.