Before the lesson is given, the first few registration and introductory steps should have been put in place already (Liability waivers and and Fees should be paid before you proceed for the first skateboard lesson). After all of the upfront tasks are handled you will need to schedule a lesson with the student and their parents. The first lesson is always the most memorable so make sure your polite, courteous, and understand that they are probably more anxious then you are.
One of the things that I suggest is having the parents watch and take part in the skate lesson to lighten up the mood and the kids usually love it when they are not all alone with some weird skateboard instructor, this is just one of the many things I recommend. Let me back up and bit and start my curriculum from the top.
The first thing I tell my students before the lesson begins is:
“The first three things to do before you Skate does not involve a skateboard at all!”
I then ask them if they can think of some things that they would need to do before they skate, the answers are:
2) Hydration (Having water or gatorade readily available)
3) Helmet and Pads (make sure they are all strapped up)
Once all of these items are checked of the list the Lesson is ready to begin.
The majority of my students are between the ages of 7 and 13 years old and have been skateboarding for only a few months so everything is still pretty brand new. Most of my students can only stand on the board and thats pretty much it. So to be a successful teacher you have to break down the key elements in skateboarding and focus on them one by one until you can move forward and advance to the next level of instruction.
First Level of Instruction (Groms)
The first thing you’ll need to learn if you want to skateboard is how to move or push while on the skateboard. Proper feet placement is critical and this should be one of the most highly pushed elements of pushing because where you put your feet affects so much of how your skateboard will react with the weight of your body. Proper feet placement are front foot on the front bolts and back foot behind the back bolts. (if you done know if your student is goofy or regular just push him back and forth and see which way is most comfortable for them). Once the stance and foot placement is established you can begin teaching them how to push. Always push with the back foot, not the front which is commonly referred to as “MONGO” and should be fixed ASAP if the student pushes this way. The proper way to push is having the front foot turn from a slight angle on the front bolts to a 90 degree angle perpendicular with the board (i tell the students its like squashing a bug, the motion with the front part of your feet is similar). When the front foot and leg is comfortable on the board (IT will bare most the weight while pushing) you can then take a few pushes. Make sure the pushes with your push foot start next to your front foot and push through until the push foot is towards the back of the board. After about 2 or 3 pushes the student will have to put their foot back on the board and turn their front foot back in the position it was in while riding. That’s pretty much how you would explain the pushing part of skateboarding. Now you are moving pretty fast and need to stop… How do I STOP!!!!