how to find a great skateboarding teacher

So your child is now the proud owner of a skateboard. Congratulations! Except for one small thing--how exactly are they going to turn that wooden death plank into a fun afternoon activity? That's where finding a great skateboard teacher comes in. 

No matter where you are, here are some tried-and-true methods to make finding a great skateboard teacher easy, fulfilling and foolproof.

Search Yelp for a local skateboard teacher

Yelp's got its finger on the pulse, and you've probably already used it to find a nearby restaurant or a high-rated hair stylist. But truly, no place will give you a wider or more accurate spread of near-to-you skateboard teachers--complete with reviews from previous customers!--than Yelp. 

Searching for a skateboard teacher on Yelp

Find skateboard teacher recommendations on parenting blogs

Red Tricycle and Fatherly are the two examples listed here, but the sky's the limit. You should also check out The Skateboard Moms' Blog, and any of these 30 top skateboarding blogs--even if not for specific recommendations, to have some reading material on hand that you can recommend to your budding skater.

skateboarding teacher recommendations on red tricycle

skateboard teacher recommendations on fatherly

Ask your local skate store clerks

This is more on a case-by-case basis, but generally speaking, skate store owners and clerks are super passionate about skating, and will be more than happy to give you some recommendations for getting your kid into the sport. (Provided, of course, that you come in at a time that the store isn't super busy--preferably during a weekday.)

asking skate store clerks for skateboarding teacher recommendations

Try a national chain

There also exist national skateboarding school chains! The biggest one to date is Go Skate, which boasts 5,321 certified instructors in cities across the United States, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Russia, and Australia. 

You can sign your child up for group skateboarding lessons, or hire a pro to come to your driveway and shred one-on-one with your Tony Hawkling. And, to be clear, Go Skate isn't sponsoring us--we're telling you about them for free.


With those four starting places, you're sure to find the local skateboard teacher you're looking for. 

Already found a killer skate school or a great instructor? Name-drop them below and help out your fellow skate parents!


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