3. Helps Avoid Bad Habits and Gives Instant Feedback
“I didn’t realize I was doing that”, “Wow, you really do need to exaggerate things” or “Now I see what I need to do”, are very common responses watching video of yourself windsurfing. Productive 1-2-1 feedback, sometimes whilst sailing along right next to someone, highlights the defining moments and skills that can make a significant difference to your windsurfing. Plus a good coach should be able to unravel all the ‘beach banter’ like, “I’ve heard you’re meant to do XYZ”. You want to eradicate confusion and explain ‘why and when’ one particular ‘tip’ might work in one instance, but not in another. It also stops people practicing the wrong skills for years and years. Coaching should be all about developing the right skills for the right time for each individual. If someone can’t bend their knees very well or prefers an under arm grip, good coaching is about either correcting or overcome the issue by focusing on what works best for that person. Having a ‘trained eye’ to identify the exact skills you need should instantly make a difference to your windsurfing.