I have been having some interesting conversations about my previous blog - which has highlighted that I may not have been very clear! So sorry for any confusion and let me clarify.
I believe that people need to be sure that a trainer is for them - that the trainer is going to be effective and value for money. I do believe that if trainers are teaching as their business and proposing to train high grades then they need to be competing at such a level so as to be aware of the current trends and skills required. However that does not mean that lower grade handlers are not good trainers. Some are very good indeed. But as a customer I would want to know WHY they aren't competing at high levels - some choose not to which is fine! If a trainer has been teaching along time then that can mean they have lots of experience and so are very good - or it may mean they are old fashioned! Some top handlers have no people skills and are down right rude - be sure thats what you want from a trainer before enrolling!
On a club level I am also concerned by the trainers skills. Many clubs operate on the good will of those willing to train - that doesn't mean they are any good at the job! The best clubs have basic systems that all trainers use so that handlers get consistency. These clubs will ususally organise training for trainers to help them develop their skills, wether that be to improve their agilit knowledge or their teaching skills! These clubs go from strength to strength, whereas others just potter along with no real improvement in their members.
So i guess by fine print I mean find out as much as you can about a trainer - and be sure they are for you. Everyone is unique so has different skill sets and you need to match this to your requirements. As i said previuosley don't be fooled by flashy websites and one off wins they have had - look at their longterm achievements and those of their members - are they all improving and having fun in a way that inspires you?
I have no idea if i have explained that any better!! I could blame baby brain :-) But if i am honest it is because i feel passionately about how many people i see who are being in my opinion ripped off as they are having regular lessons and not improving, because their trainer just isn't up to the job.
As for all of us trainers ..... there will always be clients who no matter how many times we explain things, in lots of ways, they still don't get it.... and that is a whole new blog!!!! :-)