How to learn to snowboard
I have been snowboarding for more than 8 years, I have been teaching physical education for more than 13 years, about 25 years have been devoted to extreme sports and sports tourism. In this article, I express only my personal opinion on how to choose a snowboard instructor, and how snowboarding training (and generally any training in potentially traumatic sports) should really look like. The increasing incidence of deaths in ski resorts and the significantly increased number of serious injuries on the slopes of the Moscow Region made me share some of my thoughts on snowboarding. I do not pretend to be the ultimate truth, there are people who are much more experienced than me – this is just my point of view. Books, videos and photo guides, forums on the Internet will not teach you how to ride – just forget about them. It’s the same as trying to learn to play the guitar by the self-instruction manual, but pay attention to the difference – playing music rarely leads to serious injuries even if you don’t know the notes. When using the services of snowboard instructors in a ski park, remember: * the owner of the “instructor crust” can be almost anyone who has completed a week-long training course for 150-200 euros, which, in general, he rides for only the second season, and Dmitrov’s next drove out. Very often, such a snowboard instructor is a student at a side job. * with “crusts”, Federations and Associations there is complete confusion – each claims to be real, and the rest are fake and their crusts are worthless. The exception is the European and American professional associations of guides and instructors. * such snowboarding instructors do not and cannot have serious knowledge in the theory and methodology of training. The teaching methodology, age physiology and biomechanics are taught only at the sports faculties of institutes, the training process in the specialty is 6 years, and not 10 days (exceptions are masters of sports in snowboarding and skiing). Write it in BIG letters – snowboarding is not only left-and-right turns and jumps, parties at a bar and beer with friends, but also orientation in the mountains, avalanche danger, poor visibility, rocky dumps, cracks in glaciers, etc. Instructors in Volen it’s very rarely taught anything more than the technique of skiing on gentle sloping slopes, few sportsmen ride off-piste. Mass deaths during skiing in 2007 (one of the victims – a master of sports who received a head injury incompatible with life), in my opinion, is a rather serious warning to novice riders, as well as to snowboard and ski instructors who trained them. Training with friends It is quite possible if you have friends with a name in snowboarding and professional guides (those who earn a living from this) who want to spend their personal or working time on you. Do not flatter yourself – they don’t get any pleasure from the demonstration for the 145th time in a week driving on the back edge, even if they say that this is their favorite pastime …. Classes in a ski or snowboard school A fairly inexpensive and widespread option for training, budgeting is achieved by increasing the number of students from 1-2 people to 10-15. I believe that dispersing the attention of the trainer between 15 students inevitably leads to an increase in the probability of injury risks of such activities, especially if the group is taken to the mountains. First of all, it concerns children’s groups – it’s extremely difficult for one or two instructors to control 15 children, a successful outcome of the trip is just luck, which will sooner or later change. Any school has good and responsible instructors – try to communicate with several before making a choice – ask them to show a video or photo, not a “crust”. (Responsible – not in the sense that they come to training on time, but those who care about you or your children). Training with pro-riders and professional guides I believe that this is almost the best option, but … as a rule, they can not be found in the city – with the beginning of the season, everyone is in the mountains until the summer, many work abroad. WHAT TO DO – where to go ??? The most correct, in my opinion, system of teaching snowboarding for beginners (from 16 years old) is individual lessons (group of no more than 2 people) with an instructor 1-2 times a week in combination with independent lessons at least three hours a week. It is recommended to watch less snowboard video and spend more time on the slope. The most correct, in my opinion, system of teaching snowboarding for beginners (10-16 years old) is individual lessons with an instructor 2-3 times a week for a month or two, then lessons in a group of no more than 10 people in a school or section, with this option, all the attention is paid to the child at the initial stage of education, and not 1/15 of it — which helps to avoid injuries). After mastering the basics (turns, speed control, braking, safe falls, getting to know the safety rules on a slope), after 2-3 months of training, a trip to the mountains on prepared tracks should follow.