by Steve Taylor-Madin January 27, 2022 3 min read
Learning to skateboard, ride a BMX or learn on a freestyle scooter has never been this easy. Parents everywhere are looking for new ways to keep their kids active but also safe and while there’s no perfect options, there are definitely better, safer ways than others. With more kids than ever heading to the local skatepark and trying the ramps, what options are there to help keep beginner skateboarders safe but more importantly, getting better & having fun?
“Back in my day,” I say as I start rambling about all the scars on my knees, shins, elbows and face. We didn’t have YouTube or the new Rampfest Ramp School. We learned by the harsh reality of trial & error. And there were many errors. “Kids today don’t know how lucky they are!” I continue.
But the good news is, we’re not back in my day. Far from it. We are living in a time when anybody can jump online, do a quick search and discover people that have done what you’re trying to learn and they have broken it down into easy step-by-step instructions.
And then of course, we have places like Rampfest offering an entire RampSchool. A school for people to learn how to ride, skate & scoot ramps. As the Rampfest photographer, I’ve witnessed the very transformations possible with regular coaching and guidance. This is next level!
Shall we take a quick look at the Rampfest coaches? These are the guys and girls who’ve spent the hours, days & years perfecting their craft. Sitting on the sideline, it doesn’t take long to see their unwavering eagerness for helping more people enjoy their sport. When students learn a new skill, the coaches are right there with them just as stoked as the student. And that joint excitement just builds and builds as everyone progresses.
The Rampfest Ramp School is pretty self-explanatory. People of almost all ages & skill levels sign up and partake in an 8 week course at the Rampfest Indoor Skatepark. With one lesson per week, students spend time learning all the skills they need to scale all the different levels of ability. From beginner to comp-winning pro, we’re seeing lesson plans for almost everyone.
A quick note on that ‘almost everyone’ bit, after chatting to the Rampfest coaches, if you’ve never been to a skatepark before or you’re really unsure of your skills, they suggest you first get yourself a one-on-one coaching session first. Not only is this going to help you enjoy yourself more, it’s a huge safety requirement.
When you’ve made it through your eight weekly lessons, you’re invited to partake in the Rampfest Progression Session. This is where you show off your newly acquired skills and tick them off on the Skills Card with your coach. Friends & parents can watch on as each rider or skater is given three opportunities to prove they’ve got the skill. THREE. That’s easy done, right! Collecting skills & confidence, students move up a level and the next term begins.
The Rampfest Ramp School is an all inclusive environment for every skill level, age & background. All we ask is that you give it a go. Book your spot today!
If you're not sure how to get started, RampFest offers a range of Skateboard coaching programs for all ages and abilities - you can book a casual lesson, an 8-week term program, or a special "First Timers" 3x Pack to get the basics down.
No matter where you're starting from, we'd love to share the stoke of Skateboarding with you at RampFest.
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