Private archery coaching is ideal for many individuals. Here are some situations in which you might want to retain a private archery coach for one or more exclusive lessons:
- you want to make dramatic improvements in your archery skills quickly;
- you have some archery experience and have many questions about tuning your form;
- you have a unique schedule that does not allow you to attend our regular Saturday morning club group performance coaching sessions; or
- you learn best when a teacher is dedicated to your use exclusively.
A two hour first time lesson, including equipment rental, costs $20. Returning archers can get a group lesson, including equipment rental, for $20 as well.
If you want to check out a bow, arrows, and other gear from the club in order to be able to shoot at home or at other times besides our Saturday lesson time, you will need to buy a card redeemable for ten lessons, also known as a “ten lesson card”.
Do not wear any dangling earrings or facial piercings. You will be using a bow and the bowstring will move very quickly across your body, catching anything in the way, so remove all facial jewelry before shooting.
Additionally you should try not to wear baggy-sleeved shirts, as they can catch on the bowstring, though we will provide you an arm guard to minimize this.
The archery range can be a little wet early in the morning at the beginning of the lesson, so please wear shoes that don’t mind heavy dew and the occasional muddy step.
Since this is San Francisco, you will want to dress in layers and bring a hat with a brim. By 10am the sun is often out and it begins to really warm up.
A “ten lesson card” is a bulk purchase of lessons. You buy ten lessons at one time and received a 25% discount. A ten lesson card costs $150. Ten lessons would normally cost $200, so the discount is significant. The card can be shared by up to two people.
Additionally, once you are paid up on a ten lesson card, you are allowed to check out a bow, arrows, and other equipment for your own use. Since a new starter-level bow with arrows and accessories can cost anywhere between $150 and $300, this is a really good deal. Many of our students have checked out bows, and when they outgrew them, traded them in for a more advanced one.
Holders of ten lesson cards that are not shared with another archer are eligible to participate in our performance coaching session, and extra 30 minute session of lectures, demonstrations and hands on coaching which starts at 8:30am, a half-hour before our regular session. There is no extra cost. Space is limited.
–Updated by Gerard 8/4/12: performance coaching information added.
If you’re coming to the Golden Gate Park Archery Range for the first time, you can make your visit a lot easier by knowing how to dress for archery and maximum comfort.
The archery field is a grassy field that is regularly mowed by the SF Parks department but owned by a family of gophers. PIles of dirt (that quickly become mud) are frequent. Plenty of dew and fog means that there is no shortage of mud, so wear shoes appropriate for walking around in wet and muddy grass.
Clothing and Jewelry
This being San Francisco, you should always dress in layers. The weather can go from 55 to 75 in an hour or two, and you’ll need to adjust your clothing accordingly. The weather forecasts often predict gloom and doom at the range, but we often find it to be unseasonably warm. If you’re one of those people who is comfortable wearing shorts all year long, you’ll be entirely comfortable just layering your upper half.
If you’re coming to shoot, make sure you don’t wear clothing that has lots of things that may catch on the string as it moves past your chest. Jackets with zippers, bulky pockets, anything that sticks out is going to be a problem.
Also, if you have necklaces, dangly earrings, or facial jewelry, you will want to remove it until you have a good sense of whether it is going to interfere with shooting.
You’ll also want to bring suncreen and a hat, preferably one with a floppy bill. It’s sunny and hot there, despite whatever the weather forecast claims.
Special considerations for parents and their kids
Dress your child appropriately and sunscreen them, even if it’s foggy when you leave your house because the weather at the range is some of the sunniest in the city. If you’re planning on shooting with your child, great! If not, you are welcome to wait behind the waiting line.
If you don’t want to wait, or you have small children, know that there is no playground nearby. This part of the park is very flat though, so many children practice riding a bike here and sidewalks are plentiful. There is also a pretty good BBQ restaurant at the golf club next door with tables and chairs, so you can go and enjoy a cup of coffee and read there for a while as well.
Our club’s insurance requires that you be at least eight years old to take a lesson with us. There are no exceptions.
To indicate interest in private archery lessons, please send a note to info -at- goldengatejoad.com that includes the following information:
- Your full name and contact phone number.
- A confirmation that all individuals for training are at 8 least years old.
- Your current experience in archery and your near and medium term goals.
- If you own a bow, what kind of bow you have.
- What is your desired scheduling for private lessons.
Please remember that we are a volunteer organization, not an archery business. We have far more demand than we can handle and have to pick our opportunities very carefully.