Adult lessons were not part of the plan. For a long time, we erred on the side of caution and advised skate-curious folks to try something a little less volatile. After all, compared to kids, we’re taller (further from the ground), heavier, and an injury can result in an inability to work (potential loss of income), as opposed to a few relaxing days home from school.
However, due to increasing demand, we decided to go for it. And we’re so glad we did! Adults learning to skateboard has benefits that go far beyond entertainment value: this is a physical outlet that demands heightened awareness, which temporarily negates other stress factors—you can’t be worried about a looming work deadline when you’re learning to drop in, or throw yourself off a ledge on a piece of plywood with little wheels on it!
It’s also about facing fears and connecting with an inherent, yet under-used energy that comes from taking on a seemingly frivolous challenge just to prove to yourself that you can! It’s powerful stuff!
Skateboarding is certainly not everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s actually a good thing. But we firmly believe that at least attempting skateboarding can bring benefits to people of all ages, whether or not they decide to stick with it. The danger factor is often overblown; skateboarding is no more dangerous than soccer, hockey, or basketball. Accidents certainly happen, but with proper equipment, thoughtful instruction, and physical/emotional support, it’s something that ANYONE can grasp.
We’re super proud of all of our adult participants (20 this session—full capacity!), and we’re inspired by their courage!
Check out our Adult Lesson page to learn more about the program!