I originally started as a volunteer in a local adaptive skiing program, coaching primarily para-athletes with cognitive disabilities. I got downsized in my day job in January of that season, and upped my teaching time considerably. Originally, I wanted to "give something back" to my community. But, I found that I really enjoyed teaching people to skiing. That spring, I moved closer to a big city, when winter rolled around, still hadn't found a satisfying job, and started teaching alpine full-time. This year will be my third consecutive full-time alpine season.
Originally Posted by bud heishman
Why does it make us feel so good to help other people feel good? Is this rewarding feeling really exclusive to skiing? or does it happen more frequently with skiing? Do, say, Tennis or golf instructors experience the same joy that ski instructors do when the lightbulb goes off?
I have taught other sports and have not experienced the same kind of gratification that skiing offers. Is it because skiers are in a more aroused state of anxiety? What is it about teaching skiing that seems so uniquely gratifying? Is there some unique bond between instructor and student that is established which does not occur in other sports?
The only other sport I have taught professionally is rock climbing. My answer would be yes, but sports climbing has a much higher risk factor than tennis or golf, and tends to attract devotees more akin to skiers.