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Do y'all tip Coaches/drivers?

Orlando76Orlando76 Posts: 1,191 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
Is it customary to tip your coach when you go to a ski school? I've been 3 or 4 times and never thought of doing so until today.


  • jhughesjhughes Posts: 1,013 Mega Baller
    Generally yes.
  • skibugskibug Posts: 2,049
    I pretty much always do, especially the drivers. They are usually in the boat all day and a lot of times they are working for peanuts or less. That is just the facts of the industry. Coach's too, for the most part, depends on the situation and how I am treated. If the coach is driving too, I don't double down.
    Bob Grizzi
  • Orlando76Orlando76 Posts: 1,191 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Oh boy, don't I feel like a cheap turd. I specifically ran my credit card this go around to see if it gave a tip option on the receipt.
  • wtrskiorwtrskior Posts: 704 Crazy Baller
    Never have and ive never personally seen it. If there is a young driver or something I can see that. At $50-80 a set I can't believe too many tip or if it's expected. I received a handful of tips when I worked years at ski school.
    Nick SullivangregyTheBigHead
  • bogboybogboy Posts: 699 Solid Baller
    Yes, almost always.
  • gregygregy Posts: 2,583 Mega Baller
    The only time I have was at ski demo that was free. There was a Pro skier that was mostly conducting it and gave me some advise.
  • Razorskier1Razorskier1 Posts: 3,425 Mega Baller
    Jim Ross
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,989 Mega Baller
    It depends. When I have been to Traver's or Coble's I tip the coaches independently. If I was taking a lesson from Seth or Chet for example I probably would just pay him and not tip. I never thought of tipping the driver in that situation but it makes sense.

    At ski school I generally tip the guys that have been in the boat most of the week drivers and coaches.
    Mark Shaffer
  • ALPJrALPJr Posts: 2,096 Mega Baller
    Some craft brew.
  • hemlockhemlock Posts: 156 Baller
    @ALPJr +1 a bottle of scotch doesn't hurt either. :smiley:
  • jimskijimski Posts: 471 Crazy Baller
    Yep every time, the equivalent of a set
  • Stevie BoyStevie Boy Posts: 2,083 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited July 2015
    I am not quite sure where it's at here, waitresses etc do not get a wage as such or any sort of benefit, so I understand the need for tipping for good service or though I have had some cases where they have expected it for bad service, some of them do not seem to understand the concept, where as other people get board and lodging + wage and/or free ski sets when working at ski schools.
    Nobody ever tipped me for doing my job, so I get annoyed when people expect to be tipped for not doing theirs, especially as they now expect 15-20%
    I have walked away from skiing venues thinking that I should have tipped, but have normally done all my cash on skiing.
    Would it be fair to say that Cash payment is a tip in it's self ?

    If Only I Was Perfect

  • ricski39ricski39 Posts: 80 Baller
    I spent a few years working at a ski school and was basically paid for my driving, landscaping and boat cleaning services with housing and free ski sets. Not that I'm complaining, it was a great time. But anytime that someone gives you a little extra cash in exchange for driving the boat in the sun all day, it's much appreciated. And considering that I most likely used said tip money to buy some Natural Light, a twelve pack of some craft beer is always appreciated too!
  • Stevie BoyStevie Boy Posts: 2,083 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited July 2015
    @ricski39 I will bear that in mind next time, I Guess the Driver does not get any benefit from a cash payment to the Ski School , so use the credit card for ski sets and use cash to tip driver.
    I know how hard it is to be in the Boat all day long, a lot of Concentration + Heat can be exhausting.

    If Only I Was Perfect

  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,091 Mega Baller
    edited July 2015
    As a previous ski school driver tips are awesome. We usually work for room board and sets. If you were learning something and had a great time I would not expect a tip. I usually got tips from people who were around for a week and I spent a lot of time working with and picking them up after falls. If they are long time students and friends I usually do not expect it and would be happy to have a beer at the end of the day together and catch up. If I am getting coaching from just a coach in the boat I pay the set fee and not think about a tip.
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,091 Mega Baller
    @ricski39 said it well too. It goes to better beer.
  • gsm_petergsm_peter Posts: 785 Crazy Baller
    edited July 2015
    I usually tip both the driver and the coach.
    Life is too short not to enjoy every day!
  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,097
    bored? Maybe you should have held out for additional spelling lessons. :)
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,091 Mega Baller
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,989 Mega Baller
    At ski schools like Coble's or Traver's the coaches and drivers mostly work for room, board and ski sets. I know that the tips are appreciated.
    Mark Shaffer
  • skibummskibumm Posts: 106 Baller
    I was a snow ski instructor for 20 years and received tips from about 50% of my clients. That is after they paid what I felt was highway robbery of $125 per hour of instruction. Of that $125 I would make about $23. They are greatly appreciated and I tip all those types of individuals.
  • OldboyIIOldboyII Posts: 586 Solid Baller
    Although money is universal equivalent I always afraid to offend people giving money directly.
    Instead of this I always invite snow instructor to share lunch with me or in the summer come to ski/wake platform with decent bag of bananas & apples.
    If I ski with boat owner or individual snow instructor we keep to price tag - returning customer for them is the best tip.
  • Rpc29Rpc29 Posts: 204 Solid Baller
    As a former Coble Ski School employee, tips go a long way, we weren't making much and $10 goes a long way at the bar in Lillington.
    Ryan Christopher
  • LeonLLeonL Posts: 2,353 Crazy Baller
    @skibumm, hmmmm, $23 an hour sounds pretty good to me.
    Leon Leonard Stillwater Lake KY - SR Driver SR Judge
  • ozskiozski Posts: 1,671
    I was fortunate enough to receive a few tips when I was driving / coaching in Florida, nothing regular but a couple of guys paid me some decent lump sums when I got them past certain milestones. Another fried client bought me a 3 event bag when it was time for me to head back to Australia... And the chicks well that's probably for another thread. The money is soon forgotten, the real fun is the people you meet and the stories that stay with you for a lifetime. As a ski school driver I was broke and blissfully happy, good times.
    'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.'' Boat 2005 Nautique 196 6L ZO - Ski - KD Platinum

  • WaternutWaternut Posts: 1,511 Crazy Baller
    edited July 2015
    Can't say I've ever tipped a driver or coach but then again I haven't taken many lessons or skied at many other places than our little club or with friends.

    I wish tipping was still something that was done as a way to show that you did a really good job. This whole entitlement thing has really ruined customer service IMO and it annoys me to have to tip someone who barely even did their job.

    edit: Yes, I've worked for tips at a golf course for 1.5 years. I enjoyed getting tips but I also felt like people could be seeing my kindness and helpfulness purely because I wanted a tip and not because I actually wanted to help. It didn't feel genuine...
  • gregygregy Posts: 2,583 Mega Baller
    @shaneh you just haven't met the right driver yet.
  • A_BA_B Posts: 4,228 Mega Baller
    Tipping in advance can also work in your favor!
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