Private archery lessons

With private archery lessons, you can make a great deal of progress in a short time.

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.
If any of these things are true, private archery lessons may be the right fit for you.  Cost is variable with the experience and certification of the coach, but you should expect to pay anywhere from $50 to $75 per hour with a two hour minimum.
Please read the frequently asked questions about our lessons below.  If after reading them you still want to inquire about private lessons, drop us a note per the instructions at the bottom of this page.

Lessons

What does it cost to take lessons?

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”.

How should I dress for my archery lesson?

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.

What is a ten lesson card?

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.

How should I dress for archery? How should I prepare my child?

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.

Shoes

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 man is excited about his archery lesson, but his jacket is unsuitable for shooting.

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

Prepared for a sunny day watching their child shoot archery

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.

Sitting through a 2 hour lesson with comfortable chairs and sunglasses

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.

How old do you have to be to take an archery lesson?

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.

5 comments on “Private archery lessons
  1. Dolano Arthur says:

    How does one register for a private lesson? We cannot do your Saturday morning classes. We are all beginners. Ages 9,11,12 and 47

  2. Mitchell Yang says:

    Hello,
    I would like to learn archery as soon as possible. I am unable to come to this Saturday morning lesson, but am free on early morning this Sunday, after 2:30pm on Tuesday and anytime on Wednesday. Would it be possible to arrange a private lesson on any of those three days this week or next week? I have shot a couple times before, but would like to have a private lesson since I have never had formal training except for a quick run through the basic posture and firing.

    Thank you,
    Mitchell

  3. Lilian says:

    Hello,
    My name is Lilian Pelattini and I’m 13 years old and have been doing archery for four years. I have a 62 inch 20 pound recurve bow that I recently upgraded to. The goals I wish to achieve in these lessons are better accuracy in shooting and being able to hold the bow steadier. I would prefer to have lessons on the weekends in the afternoon. You can contact me at lilianpelattini@gmail.com. Thanks.

  4. Samuel says:

    Hello,
    My name is Samuel Flores. I am 12 years old. I have no experience in archery, am willing to work hard be an expert. With private lessons I can learn more from one on one lessons to become great at archery. I do not own a bow willing to buy one if needed. I would really like to have lessons on the summer Fridays and sundays. Once I start school, I would only have lessons on Saturdays for 2 hours. I am really passionate to learn archery.

    email me: Samuel_Flores123@hotmail.com

  5. Wendy says:

    I am interested in the archery and wish can start as soon as possible.

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