Tennis is one of the more easily accessible sport in Singapore to pick up. If you are an adult, there are a few places where you can find tennis lessons in Singapore. Let us highlight some points to take note off when considering taking adult tennis lessons.
1. Locate public tennis courts nearest to you
These are tennis centres ran by the Singapore Sports Council. There are around three main public tennis centres in Singapore. They are located at Kallang (east central), Yio Chu Kang (north) and Farrer Park (central). At these places, you can find private coaches providing individual tennis lessons. At Kallang, there are also adult group tennis lessons conducted by STA coaches. These are coaches attached to the Singapore Tennis Association. They are all qualified coaches.
2. Individual vs Group lessons
Individual tennis lessons tend to be a bit more expensive, ranging from $60 to $100 per hour for one person. The wide range is based on the quality and the qualification of the coaches. If you are a beginner, It would be encouraged to start with an individual one-to-one lesson with the coach. After, say, 5 lessons, you may then wish to join a group. It is easier to form a group amongst your own friends. You can also seek the services of a coach to coach your tennis group. Playing in a group is quite fun as it allows one to spar with others and enjoy the spirit of competition.
3. Ask for the qualification and experience of the tennis coach
Do not be shy when asking for the qualification of a tennis coach. Typically, a qualified coach would have a STA level 1 tennis coaching certification. Some coaches have higher qualifications and would in turn charge a higher fee. However, there are coaches who are not qualified (from a paper point of view) but still coaches. Tennis coaching is not regulated by the authorities in Singapore i.e. one need not be licensed in order to coach.
4. Tennis lessons at clubs
If you are a member of a country club, there is most probably a tennis section in existence. Sign yourself up to be a member and enjoy playing with others. There will also be a resident coach present with whom you can also take lessons.
5. Tennis lessons at private condominiums
If you live in a condominium with tennis facilities, there will be tennis coaches visiting the courts on a regular basis. A suggestion is to keep a look out and find out more from these coaches. Again, you may ask your neighbours about how well these coaches teach them before engaging their services for yourself.
6. Timing and scheduling of tennis lessons
It would be good to take note that most people prefer to have their lessons after work i.e. in the evenings or in the weekends. Therefore, you may find it difficult to find a tennis coach at such peak times. If you are not too fussy about the sun, try arranging for lessons at 3-5pm in the afternoons or later part of the mornings.
7. Search the internet for tennis lessons
The internet is the best source to find out more about adult tennis lessons. The more IT-savvy tennis coaches will be able to reach out to you via the internet. Always, call or email to the contacts for coaches' qualification, experience and coaching rates.
As an avid tennis player, I had my fair share of experiences in trying to find out which are the best ways to learn tennis in Singapore. I hope this article will provide some guidance for all would-be tennis players! If you find this article useful and would really wish to learn tennis, please check this out http://www.1sports.asia/ Happy Learning & Playing!