This article is not aimed at discrediting any studios or instructors, but rather is aimed at highlighting the difference between instructors who have undergone training, versus those who have not.
As safety and injury prevention are the highest priority for any instructor, there are certain requirements that are very important:
- The ability to act with speed
- The ability to observe the general class and be able to multi task
- The ability to focus on correct technique and know what to look for
- The ability to know safe positions to take up when physically supporting or spotting a student
- Experience in the move
- Knowledge of anatomy, specifically the areas most used, and the areas used for specific moves
- Knowledge of anatomy insofar as what the long term consequences can be if a move is performed incorrectly over time
- First Aid training
- Indemnity Insurance in order to cover the instructor should an accident happen
There is an excellent article that has been written by Dr Katherine Humphrey who outlines a comprehensive research study that was conducted amongst pole instructor students in the UK. The research was based on eye tests to follow where students focused their eyes to look for flaws, both before and after the instructor training course. It also showed the likelihood of their ability to pick up mistakes made if they had undergone training.
To read the full article you can go to http://www.worldpoledance.com/trained-and-untrained-instructors-are-poles-apart/
There are other factors that will help you determine whether you will be a good pole instructor.
A background in dance or fitness is a great plus. It will give you a more rounded ability, as well as physical dexterity and a deeper understanding of movement.
The ability to observe and communicate and not jump in and hold the student up
To have patience and a pleasant personality.
To sum up, there are currently no laws requiring a person to have undergone instructor training. However, the advantages far outweigh those for trained instructors, and the safety of the students has been proved to be increased by better knowledge. However, it does depend on who does the training, and the quality of the course.