Ask a group of experienced skateboarders if they think that skateboarding lessons are worthwhile and you will get two widely divergent views. One group will tell you that skateboarding is a natural ability and except of the few basic safety steps, people should be left to learn it on their own in a way that suits their pace and their idea of fun. The more modern school of thought feels that with the sport having become as complex and technical as it has, providing proper skateboarding lessons will enable learners to get the fundamentals right and be able to progress to skateboarding at high levels with the right skills. The truth is really in the middle but since there are a large number of people wanting to learn skateboarding, you can make money from teaching them, if you have the skills.
Of course just having skills is not enough to make you a good teacher â€“ you will need a great deal of patience, especially in dealing with slow learners, understanding, and the ability to give encouragement to those who are lacking in self confidence about their skateboarding abilities. If you have those qualities in you, then the first thing you need to do is identify your target market â€“will it be young kids who want to learn or teens who want to improve their existing skills or older people who want to try something new for fun and exercise? Each group will need to be taught different things in a different way and once you identify your market you need to make a teaching plan. This teaching plan will contain everything â€“ what to teach, how to teach, how long to teach it for, and everything else that will make your teaching program an organized success. Knowing how much to charge is critical â€“ charge too little and you are wasting your time but charge too much and you wonâ€™t get any clients.
Never make the mistake of starting with a large group of students â€“ things can get out of control for an inexperienced instructor and the whole thing could end in chaos so it better to start small, get a feel of how things will work and then expand. And since you will need to give individual attention to each student, starting small will enable you to see how much time you will need to devote to group instruction and how much to personal. Keep all the variables in mind as you plan your skateboarding lessons and expand slowly so that your time and income are both under control.