The coach has EVOLVED into making money for the DZ (not all but many). The Coach was intended PRIMARILY to bridge the gap between "Off Student Status" and "not licensed".
A coach and the "A" license card combined is a good thing for our sports younger jumpers to learn right from wrong. It is up to us as a group and us as older jumpers to ensure that the intent of the program is maintained. I like the letter idea. I had to get 3 for my Tandem Examiner Rating, so 1 for a Coach Candidate seems fair.
I completely agree. Where it's different at our DZ however, is that coaches aren't paid. They may get their slot paid, but otherwise, it's just a rating.
IMO, the coach rating is really an "instructor in training" rating.
(This post was edited by DSE on Mar 3, 2007, 10:06 PM)