You Will Learn Without Falling Using Lane “Dawg” Bowers’ Step-By-Step ‘No Fall Barefoot Skiing Method’”
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Thanks for the e-mail asking what I would personally like to have help with. As for me, I feel comfortable at my current level. I have been using your video and coming along at a good pace. I will be down for personal instruction soon. The area I would like some help is in teaching first time barefooters. I have watched your tape and studied how you use the step off method. I have been able to get my wife up on Dawg Paws holding directly on to the boom off a wakeboard.
Do you think it would be easier for her to learn on her feet doing a step off? I have a Barefoot Nautique (V Drive) and the boom on those is not located in the best position. The boom is also kind of low and there is a good deal of spray. Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated.
As some of you may know, before my No Fall Barefoot Skiing DVD, I used the step off method as the ideal way to teach beginners while on the boom only! The reason why I taught this method is that so many people get injured trying to tumble-up while holding directly on the the boom. The reason for these injuries is two-fold; first, they attempt too many starts and their grip gives out at the worst possible time. This leads to an untimely fall when they knew to hold on, but were unable. The second reason is that after tumbling around, they sit-up too far forward and their feet hit the water in a straight leg position causing their heels to dig in. This also causes a horrendous crash even though they know they will be safe if they do not let go of the boom. The problem is that this crash comes as such a surprise that it crushes them before getting to a safe butt glide position.
Since I published my 2 Hour Instructional DVD, I have changed what I believe the best way to teach a beginner. By far the safest way to teach a beginner is to put them The Easy Footer (877 685-6270). The Easy Footer allows the skier the ultimate in safety as long as some guidelines are followed that are not included in the video that Mike Seiple ships with it.
The best way to practice the butt glide is to hold a small Gatorade bottle between the legs as high above the knee as possible. This will keep the skier from opening the knees. Then have the skier extend the legs and lean back a bit until they are balanced on their butt without the use of a handle. Keep the feet and knees no more than six inches off the land (water). This balance point is the key to a great butt glide. This will take some abdominal strength so it is not a bad idea to get the sit-up program in gear. While in the Butt Glide position, practice keeping the handle next to the hips with the knuckles on the skiers’ legs.
To practice the Three-point Position on dry-land, go from handle tucked in to the handle up and out to the top of the knees while sitting forward, raising the knees and bring the heels wide and close to the outside of the hips. If this is done properly, the skier should never lose the bottle between the legs.
Once these steps have been practiced to perfection on land, have the skier sit in the swing and practice the Butt Glide and the Three-point Position in the handle BEFORE taking off.
When you feel the skiers confidence is good, have the skier lean back to a Butt Glide position holding their feet out of the water until you have accelerated enough to get the skier out of the chine spray (from the side of the boat). This speed should not exceed 20-25 mph for adults and 10-15 for small children. (Many times if I think the child is nervous, or if I am really concerned to gain some extra confidence between the skier and I, I simply put the boom high enough to allow the skier to assume a good position while the boat is at an idle. While doing this their should be a constant stream of praise and reinforcement while attending to good position and making sure the skier keeps the water line right below the ball of the foot consistently.) Then have the skier lift their knees without losing the bottle so that they can bring their heels back to their butt in a wide stance. Make sure the skiers’ ankles are fully flexed to keep the ball of the foot from pushing through.
After the skier is comfortable in the Three-point Position, and not before, have the skier squeeze their feet closer and stand to a good position as practiced on dry land.
Good luck to you in either learning or teaching someone else to barefoot in this manner which I believe to be the safest when the proper homework is done!
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