Making a difference as a Skating Instructor

This post was written by Anne R. Oct 17, 2017 in Profiles, Skating

Isaiah grew up taking part in NVRC camps and then went on to be a volunteer with children’s programs and summer camps.  Now, he’s an experienced skate instructor who loves teaching kids and watching them grow. “I like to think that every time I teach, I’m making a difference because I’m helping children learn a lifelong skill”.

Growing Up with NVRC
Isaiah is definitely a recreation kid.  He first participated with NVRC as a child where he enjoyed the adventures of day camps.  He knew from those fun experiences that he wanted to volunteer with NVRC so he enrolled in the NVRC’s Preteen Leadership program to learn the skills and tools he would need to be a volunteer. Isaiah volunteered for 2 years in various sport programs, special events and camps and then joined the NVRC staff team as a Birthday Party Leader and Camp Leader in 2016.

Passion for the Ice
Isaiah has always loved playing hockey and skating so he decided to apply to become a NVRC Skate Instructor and he’s been teaching kids how to skate since the fall of 2016.  He loves working with kids and seeing them progress through the classes and learn to master specific skating skills.  He especially enjoys seeing the kids come back the next year as stronger, more confident skaters.

Why Youth Should Consider Working with NVRC 
Isaiah believes if you enjoy working with kids and are a confident skater, then being a skate instructor is an awesome job.  “It’s a great opportunity and it’s really fun – the staff are really friendly and they help you out when you’re first learning to teach skating.”  Isaiah has done a number of courses including his Bronze Cross, First Aid and the Skate Instructor Course which he says really taught how to teach and communicate with kids.  One of the best parts of the course was that “they pair you with an experienced skate instructor so you’re able to practice teaching while shadowing them.”

More About Isaiah
When not working, Isaiah attends Handsworth Secondary and also makes time to play his favourite sport hockey.  He also plays soccer, likes to cook and can be found surfing in Tofino in the summer.

Want to become a Skate Instructor?

Complete these three courses at your local community recreation centre and you are ready to apply for a Skate Instructor job!

High Five: Principles of Healthy Child Development
The standard in BC for those who lead sport and recreation programs for children aged 6-12 years. Consisting of training, resources and tools, the HIGH FIVE system is based on years of research and consultation with experts, and is the only quality assurance system in North America designed to specifically support the safety, well-being and healthy development of children in sport and recreation settings.

Emergency First Aid
Emergency First Aid offers instruction on prevention, recognition and treatment of life-threatening emergencies. The course covers initial assessment, preventing disease transmission, rescue breathing, choking, CPR-A, major bleeding, unconsciousness, shock and secondary assessment.

NVRC Skating Instructor Course
An introduction to the foundation of skate instruction skills. Candidates focus on teaching methods, learning styles, skating progressions, class management, safety supervision, communication and feedback.  Participants must be at least 15yrs or older to register for this course.

These courses will help prepare you to become an instructor.  More information on how to become an instructor is available from Darcie Montgomery at 604.983.6557 or email.


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