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Florida Ski Schools... your opinions

I am heading over to Saudi Arabia for some work... and when I get back I want to treat myself to a 5 day Waterski School around May time...

Has any one got any ideas of where in Florida to go? any reconsiderations?

I ski down to [email protected] (32 off) 55Kph.

will be obviously flying a hell of a long way so want to get as many opinions and thoughts as possible so I can get the booking made and have something to look forward to when I am there!


  • RogerRoger Posts: 1,586 Mega Baller
    I personally like Matt Rini and Chet Raley for coaching, but in fairness, there are great ski schools all over Florida. Matt is in the Orlando area if you're interested in doing other activities (like theme parks). There are many others in that area like Jodi Fisher, Drew Ross, the Brooks brothers, etc. Chet is in the West Palm Beach area. I'm sure you will be able to find one that meets your needs as other people chime in here.
    Roger B. Clark - Okeeheelee skier. Senior driver, Senior Judge
    PhilSymoPat M
  • LeonLLeonL Posts: 2,365 Crazy Baller
    Chet would be hard to beat.
    Leon Leonard Stillwater Lake KY - SR Driver SR Judge
  • BrennanKMNBrennanKMN Posts: 519 Crazy Baller
    Wade Cox is in Orlando as well.
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 6,009 Mega Baller
    I have skied at Travers which was a great experience for me. I got some great coaching and really enjoyed it. I have also skied a few sets with Lucky which was great as well.

    If you do more than slalom it may change where you want to go. There are a ton of great sites in FL depending on what you are looking for.
    Mark Shaffer
  • jayskijayski Posts: 900 Mega Baller
    edited September 2015

    Drew Ross, Incredible lake, awesome coach with indisputable knowledge and theory, accommodating, friendly and warm atmosphere...he's here as @drew, early morning pre-set pic
  • gregygregy Posts: 2,583 Mega Baller
    I always thought it would be cool to hit a few. Chet I'd like to go ski with someday. I had a good experience with Brooks Wilson a local session when he came through.
  • Orlando76Orlando76 Posts: 1,246 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I've been to Matt rini twice and 2 or 3 times to Jodi Fishers. I've never met Jodi, I've always been coached by Logan at Jodis. I feel I've gotten much better feedback at Jodi's rather Matt Rinis. Not to discredit Matt Rini, I was happy there but at my beginner level in the course, jodi's was more informative. If you have access to a Go Pro, bring it along.
  • mlusamlusa Posts: 34 Water Ski Industry Professional
    There are many good ski schools in the Orlando area. Like someone said, it may depend on your personality. I've had much experience with Jack's, Brooks Wilson and Drew Ross. All are excellent for different reasons and offer great coaching. Jack's offers a camp experience, housing/boarding great food, excellent coaching by Jon, Chris, Jack and Natalia and a very good site. The Wilson's are also excellent coaches and super nice guys. If you don't need housing or transportation, I find it hard to beat the experience of skiing at Drew's. Excellent slalom and trick coach (most don't realize how good a trick coach he is) and the nicest ski site in Florida and great location.
  • Stevie BoyStevie Boy Posts: 2,095 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited September 2015
    Try and choose a ski school where you are going to get consistent coaching, I went to one place and it really worked well same coaching all the time, went back a second time , dofferent boat driver, different coach, different lake on most days, now that didn,t work so well, so I ended up bailong out and skiing with someone else, it,s a shame I didn,t choose them to start with.

    If Only I Was Perfect

  • WishWish Posts: 8,014 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Conditions factor in as well. Wilson Bros have probobly one of the most protected sites and having 3 courses in different directions helps with sun glare and wind.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 2,720 Mega Baller
    LaPoints Ski Park is centrally located an very protected.
    John Wilkins- Si non pro sanguine quem ludus ne. #iskiconnelly
  • LarsLars Posts: 173 Baller
    I'll chime in, this past spring we rented a large vacation house right on the lake at swiss waterski resort. Being able to sit in our hot tub to and see people skiing all day was really cool to that site. Coaching was great and I think it's one of the more reasonably priced schools per set. Kind of in the middle of nowhere, but a 45 minute jaunt down to downtown disney kept the wives happy :) .
  • PhilSymoPhilSymo Posts: 49 Baller
    AMAZING comments Guys thanks so much,

    LOVE the comments on personality, but it would be VERY hard to gauge that without meeting them first, wouldn't it?

    We have recently had Jodi over to Cyprus for some coaching and he was great, and I know a very good watersking friend goes there (recently ran [email protected] in Tourny ;) )

    Slalom Only I am afraid, I can only do a few tricks and have not jumped in almost 3 years!

    Also if Accom and food an option that would help, but not a deal breaker.

    Also I am Ex-armed Forces (RAF) and wondered if any did Veteran Discounts?

    Thanks EVERYONE again!!


  • rq0013rq0013 Posts: 557 Baller
    I always go down in May to Orlando and it can be windy. I love going to the boarding school and skiing with the Wilson bros. Wind protection is great and the coaching is the best imo.
    Rob Quetschke
  • skihartskihart Posts: 520 Solid Baller
    I usually ski with Matt Rini who is great. I tried out Brooks Wilson at the boarding school once last winter to try the new Prostar and he was also amazing. Matt is probably more technical as a coach while Brooks seemed to be able relate to his skiers in a more basic way without getting as technical but still getting great results. Both are super nice guys and I am sure you would be happy with either.
    Matts lake is really close to Disney and the airport. The boarding school is a bit more of a drive but the conditions are super.
    Have fun!
  • skibugskibug Posts: 2,051
    I can't believe no one said Swiss Ski School. I think they have the best 4 lakes around, well protected from the wind. Great boats and great drivers.
    Bob Grizzi
  • Stevie BoyStevie Boy Posts: 2,095 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    One lake, one Driver, One Coach works better

    If Only I Was Perfect

  • rawlyrawly Posts: 516 Crazy Baller
    Or three lakes , one driver , one coach. I also recomend Brooks Wilson and The Boarding School. Awesome coach and very nice set up. Share a large house , or get the private apartment. Halfway between Orlando and Kennedy Space Center , and right next to the Orlando Wetlands Park if you're into nature. I spent a few months nearby for work , and @brooks always made time for sets around my wacky work schedule. Glad people on this sight recommended this place to me. Thanks !
  • schaferschafer Posts: 313 Solid Baller
    @rawly I couldn't agree more with the 3 lakes 1 driver 1 coach. @brooks is a great guy
    Quest for the Purple Loop
  • ChadWChadW Posts: 100 Baller
    I'm fortunate enough to live in the Orlando area and have been able to ski with Matt Rini on several occasions over the past year. His style of coaching resonates with me because he is able to simplify things so well. There are many great options, I'm a fan of picking 1 coach so you get consistent feedback.
  • DkLkSkrDkLkSkr Posts: 42 Baller
    Check out Wade Cox, @wade. First class coach and site!! His site is outside Orlando, but worth the drive!
    Gregg Doster
  • skierjpskierjp Posts: 812 Crazy Baller
    I think you're better off every once and a while to try and see what multiple coaches have to say. If they all seem to be hitting on the same thing then it could be huge. I wouldn't want to go to a one coach and get the tip of the week that they are telling every skier that comes off the dock. I've seen that happen.
  • Stathis VentourisStathis Ventouris Posts: 124 Baller
    Although I have never been in a school in Florida nobody mentioned the most important (in my opinion) aspect in getting a good coaching. Is the "coach" also the driver and watches you through the mirror or by turning his head while driving or sits next to the driver and has the full view and understanding of your skiing.
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,878 Mega Baller
    There are lots of great places to ski in Orlando area. LaPoint ski park was fantastic. Jeniffer Leachman - LaPoint was great. She challenged you to think about what you were doing and why. So you get mental exercise as well as great coaching.
  • TriplettTriplett Posts: 209 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    My suggestion is Orlando in general. Jodi Fishers is a pretty protected place for the spring, when most places are blown out, Jodis will be calm. He is great a setting you with a solid foundation that will allow you to build upon it all season. And since you were RAF, I know he always like seeing fellow Brits. If you do decide on him, let him know I steered you in that direction. Good luck in the decision and have fun in the desert over the winter.
    Brent Triplett - Michigan
  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,101
    I highly recommend Jodi, also. Great site. Very personable. Fun to hang out with after the skiing is done. A past world champion. He really works on the the base foundation of skills and is very focused on body alignment.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • jackskijackski Posts: 263 Baller
    Chet has a great site, nicest I've skied on and I have to thank Chet and Noah for taking me from dreaming of running 38 to doing it.
  • PhilSymoPhilSymo Posts: 49 Baller
    @Triplett thanks buddy, Jodi was over here(Cyprus) recently... so yea, it would work... still deciding had a great Chat with @brooks and Natalia Berdnikava about their respective places. So its all coming together slowly, and I will have to Finish my Week of with a "tribute" ski at the Mapple site, I would feel like I was cheating myself if I was in that area of the world and didn't pay my respects in some way.

    Thanks to EVERYBODY who has chipped in on this. REALLY appropriated from the other side of the Globe!
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