Your 1000 jump coach might be a world class flyer, but that doesn't make him or her a good teacher. Jump numbers are a poor measure of teaching ability. A 100 jump coach willing to put a lot into effort into a good ground prep before the jump will help you learn more than a coach turn back to backs who briefs you for 5 minutes before the jump.
The fact that coach courses accept and pass candidate that aren't qualified is the real problem. I had a discussion with another jumper about this and he had what I believe is a great idea. You should have to get a letter or recommendation from your DZO or STA to get into a course. There are plenty of 500 jump individuals in this sport that would make a horrible coach.
80 dollar coach jumps that put obtaining a license out of reach for many young jumpers are a problem.
The biggest problem of the coaching setup right now is that it is primarily designed to make money for the drop zone, and course designers, and helping new jumpers is just an after thought.
(This post was edited by DougH on Mar 3, 2007, 2:14 PM)