Coaching

Three highly trained professional coaches provide extensive tennis instruction at SSTA for all levels and ages. They offer regular scheduled drill sessions and group instruction as well as individual sessions.

NOTE: The Tennis BC Covid-19 Safety Guidelines of Jan 8 advise that:

  • Only one-on-one private adult coaching is recommended.
  • Adult player is defined as at least 22 years old.
  • If two players are members of the same residence, they may be coached together. 
  • Group coaching for up to 4 students per coach on a court is allowed for juniors under age 22, if there is adequate space for full 3-metre physical distancing by all students.

Regularly scheduled coaching time slots can be viewed in the Booking section


Peter Schelling and Marjorie Blackwood have taught tennis and run club programs around BC for over 30 years. They moved full time to Salt Spring Island in 2016, and have been building the game of tennis up at the Salt Spring Tennis Centre Indoor courts and Portlock Park.

Marjorie is a former Top 50 WTA player, 3-time Canadian Champion, 2-time quarter-finalist Wimbledon doubles, 13 professional tournament title holder, & Former Manager/Director Whistler Racquet Club. For information on private and group lessons and rates for adults and juniors, contact Marjorie at [email protected] or 604-905-9327. Email is preferable.

Peter is a 2-Time National Masters Doubles Champion, Director of Tennis 1994-2009 Whistler Racquet Club, and has coached players of all levels for over 25 years. He can be reached at [email protected] or 604-698-6506.

Piers Zdan, the youngest & newest member of the coaching team, hails  from North Vancouver and Victoria before that, bringing a wealth of coaching knowledge. He is a Tennis Canada certified High Performance Coach 2, and Club Professional 2, and has coached all ages and abilities, from beginners all the way to National champions and collegiate level players. Piers also plays locally at an Open level, and continues to enjoy competing.

Piers currently runs all the Junior programs offered at SSTA facilities. Please contact Piers at [email protected]