This post is very close to my heart, because it was borne out of my own experience as one being coached and as one who coaches. Particularly, because I'm a new freediving coach, everything is very new to me and I am vividly aware of what is involve in this act of coaching. It does not fully represent the whole spectrum of coaching but perhaps more of coaching at the beginner level.
Top athletes need coaching to become even better. But those who will see the most profound improvements through coaching are usually the beginners. Because there is much to work on as a beginner, every input can result in a significant change and new experience.
I believe I only made so much improvement because of my seeking of coaching throughout the four years of my freediving journey. When I first started out, and even now, I still have issues of relaxation and equalization. And I was not someone comfortable in water to begin with so I also had issues with finning and orientation. I was not the instantly "get it" kind of beginner freediver who instructors get amazed and impressed by, not the one who passed on her first assessment.
I was the one who had so many issues that I keep coming back for more coaching sessions. And look where it brought me today! Someone who now has sufficient experience and knowledge to coach others.
So I really know that coaching works - coaching can help you improve faster than you can on your own. Having a buddy who occasionally looks at you and gives you tips, is not the same has having a coach who is devoted to helping you achieve your goals.
And you don't always need a coach. You can experience some success and knowledge about what you need to work on from a coach, and subsequently practice on your own until you master it, before you find new issues that you need help with again. This way, you can have continuous improvement!
And that was how I got from where I started out at to where I am today.
Check out my blog post on coaching: https://therapystop.wordpress.com/2021/02/09/the-value-of-a-coach/!