It is a lot more than just being a great skater and liking kids! U.S. Figure Skating has taken the lead in ensuring that its skaters have a safe and healthy environment in which to pursue the sport of figure skating. To this end, there are specific requirements that a coach must meet annually.
There are four requirements for nonqualifying competitions and test sessions and five requirements for qualifying competitions. One extremely important piece of this is submitting and passing a criminal background check. People who study crimes against children know that the vast majority of abuse comes from people in a position of trust. While a clean record isn’t a guarantee of safety, it is certainly an appropriate minimum step for organizations that work so closely with children.
The other requirements are current full U.S. Figure Skating membership, proof of liability insurance with required coverage, continuing education requirements (CERs), current SafeSport Certification and current full PSA (Professional Skaters Association) membership (required for coaches coaching skaters in qualifying events at qualifying competitions).
Each requirement is available for renewal beginning June 1, with the exception of CERs, which are available beginning January 1. Non-compliant coaches will not be permitted to coach skaters at any test session or sanctioned competition and face disciplinary action if they attempt to do so.
As a parent who is investing your family’s time and money in figure skating, it is well within your right to make sure your coach is compliant before attending a competition or test session. Coaches are able to print a coach compliance card as proof of meeting the requirements, and you can ask to see that. Or, you can check the list that U.S. Figure Skating maintains on their website to make sure that your coach is compliant: http://www.usfigureskating.org/content.asp?menu=coaches&id=451. This list is updated daily, Monday through Friday.
Savannah Winkler - VFSC DIRECTOR
Savannah has been coaching since 2015 at VFSC. Savannah is a PSA member, Head Pro of Jr/Sr club, a learn to skate instructor and the Off-ice, Edge, & Power coach. She is an alumni of Vacationland Figure Skating Club where she not only skated for 15 years but also assistant coached for 4 years.
She has successfully helped many skaters through the rankings of USFSA Tests and is a Gold Medalist MIF coach as well as a Minnesota State Championship freestyle coach.
Outside of coaching, Savannah stays busy with work, enjoying family time, and traveling.
Savannah enjoys coaching young skaters the techniques and discipline figure skating offers. If your young skater is looking for a Junior or Senior club coach please contact her at email@example.com or at 218-330-0554 to set you up!
**Currently not taking on new students**
Megan Bistodeau is a native to the Brainerd lakes area. She was a skater for 12 years with Vacationland Figure Skating Club and has been coaching for 10 years. She lives in the Brainerd Lakes area with her husband and 2 children. She loves coaching and sharing her passion for skating with her students. Megan has passed through her Juvenile free skate test, Novice MIF, Second Figures, and pre-bronze dance tests. Outside of skating she enjoys being outside and spending time with her family.
Lynn Wick - Learn to Skate Instructor, Learn to Skate Plus Instructor, Ice Dance, Moves in the Field, Freestyle, Choreography, Power, Hockey, Jr. and Sr. Club Coach
Lynn is originally from Grand Forks, North Dakota and was a member of the Border Blades Figure Skating Club where she started skating at the age of 2. She was a competitive figure skater for 12 years and a United States Figure Skating Gold Medalist in Ice Dancing. She attended college in Minneapolis, moved to Kansas and then onto Nashville, TN, as a touring and singing Country Music Duo. Lynn moved to MN 17 years ago and began teaching with the Vacationland Figure Skating Club and Breezy Point Figure Skating Club in 2004. She and her husband live in Pequot Lakes. Their daughter, Cassidy, is a member of our VFSC Sr. Club and she also coaches their daughter. Skating has been an important part of her life and loves coaching and sharing her passion of figure skating with skaters of all ages.
Katy Rose Pederson - Learn to Skate Instructor / Private Coach in Training
Left to Right: Emma Hagberg, Autumn Johnson, Kennerly Shultz, Cassidy Wick, Trond Sjoberg, Audrey Hasting, Breckyn Gangl, Amelia Bistodeau (not pictured)