Spring and summer are right around the corner, and what better way to welcome in warmer weather than with an Explore Archery program? Hosting your own Explore Archery program is easy and a great way to get bows in new hands and spread the word about your shop!
Explore Archery is an educational program aimed toward beginners of all ages and abilities. USA Archery and the Archery Trade Association developed Explore Archery with the support of the Easton Foundations.
USA Archery suggests five easy steps for a successful Explore Archery program:
First, you’ll need an instructor.
USA Archery requires all Explore Archery instructors be certified at or above USA Archery Level 1 (they also allow certification through NASP or Olympic Archery in the Schools). You can easily become certified. Certified staff will bring value to your Explore Archery program as well as your shop for years to come. Especially with people new to archery. They will see your certifications, and know they’re in good hands without knowing anything else about archery. You can learn how to become certified here.
Next, you’ll need to register your program.
By completing a simple form and paying just $25, your program will be registered and searchable by anyone browsing the web. The more available your Explore Archery information is, the better your turn out will be!
Know what to teach.
USA Archery provides a sample curriculum and ideas for awards for outstanding students! A plan of attack helps the program run smoothly, and gives students something to aim for – other than the bull’s-eye!
Find a safe place to shoot.
For those of you without your own archery lanes, you can create your own in a park or in a gym!
Finally – get the stuff!
You can purchase pre-packaged beginner equipment for all ages and sizes. If you have your own equipment, make sure you know what you want on loan and what is for customers.
Photo Credit: USA Archery