Keep these three ideas in mind to make sure you get the most out of your water ski coach.
1. Open Your Mind
When working with a coach, it is important to be open to new ideas, even ones that may initially seem to contradict some of your long-held truths. Slalom technique is constantly evolving, and a good coach will be constantly taking skiers down new routes to meet the same goal. Trust is important here.
2. Speak Up
The coach/skier relationship is most effective when it is reciprocal. A coach wants more than a yes man on the end of the rope. Try to convey what you are feeling after trying a certain movement or technique, and try to elaborate beyond “feeling good/feeling bad.” That being said, try to limit your input to the specific element of the technique you and your coach are currently addressing.
3. Post-Session Dissection
When possible, seek any necessary clarification after your set. Depending upon the time constraints of your coach, it is a good idea to have him reiterate what you were discussing on the water. Walking through the paces on dry land can offer great insight into the bigger picture.