Learn to Teach - Skateboarding - A Certification Course

We know you can skate, but can you teach? Become a Certified Skateboard Instructor and teach for profit & fun.
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  • Lectures 22
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 2/2014 English

Course Description

With this course you will be given the tools to learn how to teach skateboarding. You will learn the basic Teaching Model which serves as your class outline from introduction to review, you will learn how to break down each skill into three easy to understand steps and how to clearly communicate those steps to your students. You will learn how to manage your class effectively and safely. You will learn about what makes for a great teacher so you can become one as well. Live sessions will give you a chance to practice teaching each of the steps. You will be given quizzes throughout the course to reinforce your learning. You will become certified when you pass 80% in each category of a written test based on lectures, a skills test where you send in a video of the 8 moves and a 15 minute video of you teaching three students/friends, how to perform a particular move (such as a manual).

What are the requirements?

  • You will need a computer that will allow you to watch/read all text/video lectures. You will need to be able to video tape your self performing the 8 moves. You will need to be able to 'attend' the live lectures via Udemy/skype/Google Hangouts and finally you will need to be able to set up a class with three students/friends and videotape for download on Vimeo or YouTube you teaching one skill as designated by the Examiner

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of this course you will learn how to teach skateboarding whether to a brand new student or to someone with more advanced skills. You will learn the proper introduction for any class, the four fundamentals of movement that when combined create every move, The Teaching Model which sets you up for success no matter which move you are teaching, how to give proper feedback, what the different learning styles are so you can tailor each lesson to your audience, you will learn where to stand in the classroom for safety and learning, safety techniques to keep your students on the board, and how to end the lessons insuring your students will not only want to come back but will do the 'homework' you suggest. You will feel confident that you have all the tools you need to start teaching skateboarding for love and/or money.

Who is the target audience?

  • Proficient Skateboarders who can complete all eight of the moves: basic push, front/backside turns, Manual, Tic Tac, Ollie and with some proficiency, but to a lesser degree than the first five: Nollie, Kick Flip & Heel Flip

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: We know you can skate, but can you teach?

A review of the methods we've used for teaching: video, text & live sessions as well as how to get your skills test and practical teaching tests completed. We sum it up with a review of what happens when you graduate, including the T-shirt, Membership Card, placement on our Instructor Search Engine and other help we offer to insure that after completing this course, we can help students find you!


In this lecture you will be given a small task: tying your shoe and you will be asked to teach someone else. Even if no one is around, you can do it out loud as if you had a student. This will give you an idea of how important, clarity and brevity are in teaching, and how important it is for you to understand what you are teaching.

7 questions

What you already know about teaching from the learning to tie your shoe

Section 2: Influential Teachers

In this lecture you will get a chance to better understand what it takes to be a good and great teacher. We will review the common characteristics which include: responsible, safe, credible, trust, fair and more. You will get the opportunity to think about who you want to be as an instructor and have a checklist of skills you want to obtain as a part of your own teaching style.

Section 3: Safety & Injury

When you put wheels under the feet of students young and old, you had better be prepared to keep them safe. This lecture is all about where to stand to keep your students safe, when to let them on their boards, how to start them off (on the ground or the grass, for instance), what to do in case of an emergency and how to keep them safe easily by getting them (and you) to wear the gear.

Safety quiz
4 questions
Section 4: Learning Styles
7 pages

This lecture is the key to teaching individuals in the class--everyone learns differently and this lecture is all about helping you figure out how different people learn, what to look for and why. Watchers, thinkers, doers and feelers will all be in your classroom, how you help them learn is up to you. This lecture will give you the necessary tools to set them, and yourself, up for success.

Video discussion on learning styles
Quiz to remember the learning styles
5 questions
Section 5: Let's Teach!

This lecture is all about explaining why you need to do a proper introduction, what it entails and how to do it. Whether you are teaching brand new students or returning students, you need to start the class somehow and this lecture explains what you need to do in a step-by-step method. NAGS/Falling/BREW are your ticket to success.

Quiz on the Intro
3 questions

This lecture is all about what it actually looks like in the classroom. Join Jeremy and his brand new students Zoe & Lindsey for the beginning of their journey in learning how to skateboard. This was filmed with two actual students, neither of which had ever had a lesson.


This lecture is what you need to know about positioning yourself in the classroom. When you have a sport that includes wheels, you need to be able to watch all your students at the same time, even if you are focused on one. Safety mandates that you always keep an eye on them. Further, we discuss best practices for letting them get rolling, whether one at a time (a good idea for beginners) or letting them all do the moves at once. Where you stand during the entire class matters. The directions in which you demonstrate your moves also matters. You will learn how to be position yourself for their learning and everyone's safety.


The Teaching Model is the foundation for every move you will ever teach. In fact, many certified instructors use the teaching models to run meetings. The first aspect is "Setting the goal", you need to let them know what the class is all about. So, you tell them what they are learning (beginners) or you ask them what they want to work on (for more advanced students. But setting the goal, then demonstrating the moves immediately afterwards are the two keys to getting going. The entire Teaching Model is explained in this lecture in a step-by-step sequence with some repetition in order for you to begin to assimilate the information: S.A.P.A.R.S (The Teaching Model's acronym) is your ticket to teaching every move!.


In this lecture, Jeremy teaches Zoe & Lindsey how to break down the first move. Sounds simple, just push & glide? Yes, but if they don't do it right, you will need to keep them practicing. Here Jeremy has them learn how to do it statically, then moves onto the dynamic moves allowing them to practice on the board, moving. In a true class, the students would get more practice time. Watch how he uses 3 steps (3+3s) to create this important move. Push + Glide + Return.


Here Jeremy teaching Zoe & Lindsey how to turn using their edges (heel or toe). He answers her question of why it seems that the Frontside is really more like going backside and why. You will see how well Jeremy encourages the students, using positive words. It was January 4th in Seattle and cold and yet they were having fun. Jeremy again uses the 3+3s (three static/not moving + 3 dynamic/moving) steps to make it all happen seemlessly. Rotate + (Lean + Edge)


Again, in a real classroom Jeremy breaks down how to do a manual. First he sets the goal by telling them what he is teaching, then he shows them, then he breaks it down to three steps (Weight + Unweight + Balance) so they can more easily figure out how to get this move for themselves. He uses some innovative ways to help them with the tricky balance.


In this lecture, Jeremy teaches Zoe how to Tic Tac on the skateboard. He uses the introduction and B.R.E.W. fundamentals to set her up with success. The 3 steps: Unweight + Shift + Rotate both statically and dynamically (on the ground, then on the board moving) help Zoe get it. A fair amount of practice and she finally gets it. He also does a great job giving her feedback and homework and selling her on more classes when explaining what the current move is used for in a later, more difficult move and what move they are doing next week when she returns.


In this lecture we see the challenges Jeremy has when the student doesn't have the talent for the move, yet. While we always believe our students will get a move, what to do when they don't yet have it? Jeremy uses a fence to help them, statics, practice with the jumping (plus some feedback so she can make some corrections). The three steps: Pop + Jump + Roll will eventually get her the move. We never let our students say they 'can't' do something, we suggest they just are not getting it 'yet.'

Section 6: First of the three skills you only Demonstrate

This is simply a visual lecture on what the Nollie looks like so you can insure you have this skill by the time you take the skills exam. What would you guess the three steps to doing this move would be?


This is simply a visual lecture on what the Kick Flip looks like so you can insure you have this skill by the time you take the skills exam. What would you guess the three steps to doing this move would be?


This is simply a visual lecture on what the Heel Flip looks like so you can insure you have this skill by the time you take the skills exam. What would you guess the three steps to doing this move would be?

Section 7: Preparing for your tests

Here I give you the criteria for how your skills test will be evaluated. Body Position, Rotation, Proper Edging and Weight Transference. It will be reviewed by a certified skateboard instructor, one of your peers.


Here I discuss all the points you will have to gain during the course of your teaching. The scorecard notes all the aspects of teaching you will need to insure you do during your Practical Teaching Exam. This includes proper feedback, being professional, checking for gear, being safe and then using the 3 + 3s. Also, a proper introduction, using the Teaching Model, and finishing up the class with the review and the sell.

I will send you the scorecard prior to your teaching.

20 questions

Final written exam


You may do your skills test and teaching test in either of two methods: One is via video. You will first video tape yourself and send it to us via Youtube or Vimeo of you completing the 8 skills. For the teaching test you will need to get two friends and teach them a skill that we give you to teach. Just like Jeremy did with his two students.

The second way for you to take your tests is to do them live. If you make mistakes, we happily will give you feedback on what the mistakes were and give you a free chance to do it a second time. With our feedback, if you've made it this far, you should succeed.

Prior to doing either, contact us for what we are expecting, so you can be sure to do it correctly. Again, if you make mistakes, either from a miss-understanding or simply not done correctly, you will have a chance to do one repeat.


Graduation day will be an online class, where we'll celebrate your success and then answer any questions you have about being a member, listing on the instructor search, how to get you your t-shirt, and how to start teaching. We want to insure we set you up for success after you leave this course so we like to help you with marketing materials, pricing, and any other way we can help long after your certification happens. Skateboard
IA is a membership organization and once you are certified, we are here to help.

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Instructor Biography

Trish Alexander, Certified Skate Instructor, Examiner and owner, Skate IA

Director, owner of Skate Instructors Association for North and South America. Our company is the only certification course that can offer insurance to members for both skateboarding and inline/quad (rollerblade and roller skates) skating. I run summer Skateboard Camps in Seattle and also run Skate Journeys Skate School which is the largest inline/quad skate school of it's kind in the world (inline). With 46 instructors we have more instructors than any other school and we offer 6 levels of classes to kids and adults throughout the year. Skate Journeys is a non-profit providing free classes to those who need it, including an entire free program to the refugee school via Seattle Public Schools. Skate IA was started in 2004 on the heels of the closure of ICP/IISA North America and I have been running it since 2009.

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