Equipment is provided for these lessons, as initial learning uses very light-weight equipment at the beginning. When the student has solid skills and built the strength to properly handle weight he or she would want to have for a while, purchasing personal equipment is realistic.
Once the student has his or her equipment, joining Open Coaching is an option to continue refining skills and building strength. At this point, many options open up, including competition.
Social distancing is maintained during the lessons, and masks are worn. The student wears a mask except when on the line shooting.
Equipment is provided for the Short Course, starting with very light-weight equipment. Building strength along with skills is important, as students must purchase their own equipment to continue on their own. There is a special Open Coaching class for those completing the Short Course, as if the student wants to at least maintain skills, reinforcement of what was taught is necessary, and ideally, the student continues building skills.
Archers joining Open Coaching must have their own equipment, because increasing skills mean the archer gets more precise about technique. This is where adjustments to the bow and arrows are made for better groups on the target. Both of those are very individual, as there are 3 components to shooting an arrow – the bow, the arrow, and how the person does the shot. It’s an integral unit, unique to that person.
Social distancing is maintained at all times during an Open Coaching session. Masks are required except when on the line shooting.