Dragonfly does not believe we can teach you to be an aerial “coach” in 30 hours. That is not our goal. Our mission is to provide a strong fundamental launching pad, in person, and by partnering with you, we can cultivate great coaches over time. We do feel that with certain pre-requesites (such as a clean inversion) and hands on coach training we can give you what you need to succeed. In addition, the Dragonfly program is about developing the whole coach, mind body and soul. Our first priority is safety followed by student culture. We are not interested in divas. We are interested in Strong, Compassionate and Encouraging coaches who are Fierce in their discipline and their passion for aerial. If you are an elite level performer but not interested in cultivating the ability to motivate a student and leave them feeling empowered, Dragonfly is not for you. We seek coaches that have the same level of passion for a nine year old recreational student as they do for a young adult competitive.
Trainees are required to complete 20 hours of assisting, (alternative options are available for remote learners) at Dragonfly, to complete the certification process. This allows us to see you hands on with students. Coaches are also provided continued resources to grow as a coach though our complimentary coach classes here at home base, where we can continue to cultivate you to the next level.
In order to complete a Dragonfly Coach certification, you must obtain CPR and First Aid certification, complete 20 hours of in-class assisting, complete a written exam and must attend all 18-20 hours of training. Minimum age is 16 years. Textbook: Dragonfly provides a versatile and packed full binder with at least 24 lessons of curriculum and resources. Applied Anatomy of Aerial Arts by Emily Scherb is required reading for Level 1 as well as the Aerial Instructors Handbook by Julianna Hane. Dragonfly coach certifications are not easy, but we are more than teacher training. We are a coach cultivation and mentorship program and invested for the long haul, including potential placement opportunities.