I too admire your enthusiasm, and totally understand your desire to share what youÂ’ve learned (so far). I have to say though, you might want to rethink your whole approach on how to do so in a way that truly does give back to the spey casting community. There are countless examples of well intentioned people doing exactly what you describe, in a wide variety of activities, where they end up providing a disservice to those they wanted to help. As a professional kayak instructor, I cannot tell you how many times I have witnessed this. I have helped many people struggle to undue bad habits, or in some cases dangerous ones. As the saying goes “a little bit of knowledge can be a dangerous thing”.
Originally Posted by nathanvn
Hello! I am Nathan Nguyen, a local self-taught Spey caster and fisherman. I want to teach Spey casting, so far I have been helping people I meet on the river. I'm really excited to focus on sharing Spey mechanics for consistency, as well as my own concepts of graphical visualizations and new approaches to learning Spey casting. My future goal is to create instructional classes at a greater scale.
I am looking for 1-2 beginners with their own setup interested in learning Spey casting/fishing, We'll meet on the American River, spend a morning or evening casting ~4 hours. I'd like brutally honest feedback on my teaching and concepts to improve and gain the top confidence necessary for classes. "Gratuity greatly appreciated but not necessary"
I'm available for 1 instructional session; May 19th, 20th, or 21st.
Message me your availability of the days
Contact at: firstname.lastname@example.org
In no way is this meant to be critical of your skills, or your desire to share and help others get into Spey casting! I would suggest the following:
-do continue to offer friendly suggestions or tips, but be careful to stay WELL within your own personal knowledge base, and be clear on the difference between “friendly tips”and a “lesson”. Try to remember too that in so many ways, often “less is more”; this is especially true with teaching a technical thing like Spey casting.
-look into getting certified. If you really are passionate about Spey casting and teaching others, the time and money will be well spent.
-Always be a student! All of the best instructors, in any field, continue to challenge themselves to learn more. They will always be reassessing all aspects, looking for better ways, and deeper understanding. There is always more to learn! This is one of the things that can be downright addictive about teaching in my opinion.
I could go on and on, but I hope this is sufficient to encourage looking into some further input and development.
Last edited by JasonB; 05-17-2021 at 08:09 PM.
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