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Coaching Tips for Teaching Kids

 

We get a lot of emails each year from parents interested in knowing how they should go about teaching their kids how to barefoot waterski.  Our #1 response is to schedule time with a professional coach.  We recommend sending young kids to coaches that have kids of their own or have many years experience with kids.  Working with kids is much different than working with adults and in the wrong environment, your kids can become easily intimidated.  So pick your coaches carefully.  For more information on barefoot ski schools, check out the BFC Ski School Review

Maybe you've sent your kids to barefoot school, but need some refresher pointers, or maybe you don't want to spend the money until you know your child is interested in it.  For that reason, we've assembled a few videos to help you with the basics.  You'll walk through training along with Kathryn, our 7 year old, as she learns the sport.  We'll show you some quick tips and tricks we've used to get youngsters (and adults) to understand what to do on the water so they can enjoy the sport and not be afraid of it.

The tips we show on here are not meant to represent the only way to learn.  They are techniques Chuck has picked up over the last 26 years as he learned the sport.  Chuck has trained with or skied with nearly every top instructor/barefooter including Mike Siepel, Ron Scarpa, Brett Sands, Keith St Onge, Mike Frankenbush, Paul Macdonald, Andre De Villiers, Eugene & Heinrich Sam, Mike Salber, Willie Farrell, Ryan Boyd, Bill Brzoza, Lane Bowers, Peter Fleck, Gizie & John Price, Brendan Paige and many more.  He's developed knowledge on everything from the basics to high end advanced techniques including surface turns, one-foot turns, toe turns etc...   Chuck developed training aids such as the BFC Extreme Footers and BFC Neckbrace for helping skiers learn the sport faster with less injuries.

If you have some tips of your own, and would like to submit your own video, please send an email (Click Here) and we'll walk you through upload instructions. 

Check out our VIMEO page for Kids Coaching Tips
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If that isn't enough, here's more
 
Multiple Turns

Kathryn's first attempts at multiple turns. Chuck takes you through the steps of learning multiples. 
Stacking Tricks to Learn Faster

At 10, Kathryn is learning back-toe holds and back-to-fronts on her feet. Chuck explains how to learn by stacking tricks 

Jumping Out of the Boat

Chuck instructs Austin Miner on how to jump out of the boat for the first time.
 
 Learning Toe Turns
 
Kathryn's first day Learning Toe Turns
 Added Motivation for the Coach

This videos reviews the deal we made with Kathryn. Work hard over the winter, attain specific goals, and be rewarded with a trip on Spring Break.