Originally Posted by disski
How does that $95 for 5 hours group lesson maximum 6 per group equate to ski lessons for groups?
Mike - do you make a living at those rates?
Do I make a living? Yes, I make a very teaching good income-if I taught 6 or 7 hours a day it would be a very substantial living. But at our course we have 3 PGA members (including myself) and 1 apprentice and we all teach outside of our assigned pro shop duties (paid at a much different rate-less than my ski instructor hourly rate) which average about 35 hours per week. Full time teaching jobs are not the industry norm. During the peak of our season I have a lot of 12 hour days (both shop and teaching time) so I definitely put in substantially more hours as a golf professional than I do as a ski instructor. And I'll probably earn 80 to 90% more for comparable season lengths.
Comparing the two types of lessons is an interesting exercise. Most golf lessons are 1/2 or 1 hour and very intense in the sense we don't spend time in line or on lifts. It is usually very focused on one or two issues, both because of the time constraint and the realization that working on change will open the door to ownership/improvement but the student will have to spend time on their own working to lock it in. That is a major reason I won't do a series of golf lessons in rapid fire succession. If you, the student, aren't willing to put in the focused practice time your deceiving yourself. Change, be it golf or skiing, is rarely easy.
Sometime this winter I plan to do a little personal study figuring out exactly how much time in a 5 hour group ski lesson is actual instruction/practice time.
And teaching in both industries is a hell of a lot of fun.