A great instructor is like a great restaurant; hard to find but worth the search. I think these are the three most important assets of an effective paddleboard, ski, or sport instructor:
  • The teacher is an eternal student that is always being open to change, self improvement and learning new things.
  • The teacher must be proficient in dynamically demonstrating the skills that they are teaching you.
  • The teacher must possess focus and attention to minute details for analysis and correction.

Aside from the big three having humor, empathy, humility, and good communication skills are all part of being an effective coach.

Being a top level pro athlete and/or a teacher with every certification next to their name does not automatically mean they're effective coaches. With that said, those attributes can and may help.

Having a coach that understands the individual’s learning style is paramount to the students success. This is why, as a student I prefer and will only use private coaching.

If I can be of any help to you with your private coaching please contact me. I will open up your ski or stand up paddleboard fun and improvement quickly and effectively.

jonathan bischof stand up paddleboard coach and instructorJonathan Bischof is from Jamaica, Vermont and is an avid skier, stand up paddle boarder, kettle bell enthusiast, and loves to eat and cook. For fun he likes to race stand up paddle boards. He runs the stand up paddle board academy for Vermont Ski and Sport. Jonathan is a fitness professional with the following credentials; World Paddle Association (WPA) Level 1, National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), Functional Movement Systems (FMS) Level 1 and 2, and Russian Kettlebell (RKC1 and HKC).

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