Beginners courses are conducted when there are enough interested people. Please contact the Training Officer to find out when the next course is planned.
Courses on how to shoot a bow are open to anyone who wishes to learn. No matter what age or ability, everyone can learn as long as they have the strength to fully draw a light poundage bow (15 lbs). We have children as young as 10 years old, boys and girls, and adults well into late retirement years, who all participate in the sport, either socially for exercise or competitively for awards. It can be a sport for the whole family to enjoy together. In this sport we have wheelchair bound persons competing along side able-bodied archers.
We prefer to teach children who are at least 10 years old. It is a requirement that at least one parent or guardian accompanies their children if under 16 years of age for all the lessons.
Everyone attending is fully covered by Archery Australia's public liability insurance policy for the duration of the course up to a maximum of 8 weeks from date of commencement of the course.
Beginners courses are conducted on an "as required" basis. Each course consists of 4 sessions of approximately 2 hours each from 10am to 12 noon. Then you may join the scheduled club shoots for a further 4 weeks. All reservations for places in the courses will be entered into a booking list on a first come, first serve basis. Cancellations will be offered to each person, in order of bookings received, until all places are filled. There is a maximum of 12 people per course.
To nominate for the course complete the Beginners Course Application Form and returned it with the non-refundable booking fee of $20 to the Club's postal address. The course-booking fee is to cover the administration costs. The full cost of the course is $80 including the booking fee.
COURSE LOCATION AND FACILITIES
The Beginners Course is located at the Archery Park, Forrest Road, at Strathalbyn. If you wish to park your car in the shade of the trees, please beware of possible risk of falling branches from these trees, cars parked at your own risk. Please use caution and drive slowly at a walking pace on entering the grounds, as there may be children playing in the vicinity.
Please GIVE-WAY to cars entering through the gate, as it is only one-lane traffic into and out of the club grounds.
Everyone attending the course (if under 16 with parent or guardian) should meet the Coach/s at the club shed to complete all forms. The shed is used for Club Members and Visitors; all must sign-in the attendance book before entry on to the archery ranges. The attendance book must be signed by all when attending the club grounds by all parents / guardians even if for a short visit.
We have a disabled toilet located at the club grounds.
There is a small canteen for your convenience. Please bring change as we may not have change on hand.
The archery ranges are open field areas, so there is little shade available on the shooting line during the lesson; please wear a hat, use sunscreen and bring drinking water.
At least one parent or guardian of children under 16 years old is required to stay in attendance at all times.
The Beginners Course runs for 4 Saturday mornings (as on booking form) starting at 10.00am and finishing about 12 noon. Please turn up 30 minutes prior to starting time to get equipment set up.
Please refer to the calendar on the Home page for course dates.
At the first lesson of the Course we require insurance cover forms to be completed and receipts will be issued for fees paid. Please be at the ground at 9.30 am for the first lesson to ensure the paperwork is completed on time. There is a ten-minute break at approximately 10.50am. Cold drinks, tea, and coffee and snacks are available for purchase.
If the weather is very windy or it is raining constantly then that days lesson may be postponed. If it is extremely hot (Strathalbyn morning temperature is over 32 degrees), then that day's lesson will be postponed. If the Coach decides to postpone the lesson, each person enrolled in the course will be advised by phone or email the evening prior to the lesson if possible. Any participant who misses a lesson in the first 4 weeks for any other reason (than being officially called off) will need to discuss this matter with the coaches to make other arrangements; there may be an additional cost to you for an extension or transferred to the next available course.