Instructor Bios

Whether you’re a complete beginner just starting out, or an experienced rider looking to build on your skills, our friendly team of instructors are ready to assist. Using our low-risk and gradated learning system we help students gain skills at their own pace, and stay safe whilst having a blast on their skateboards. Skate Now instructors have undergone training and are experts at teaching the steps involved in learning how to ride in ways both children and adults can easily understand and follow. With Skate Now instructors skateboarding lessons are safe, practical and a whole lot of fun!

Danny

Head Coach and Founder

Danny is the Director of Skate Now and has 12 years’ experience as a skateboarding coach. He started out at Kman, Australia’s first skateboarding school, and has undergone instructor training with the AIS. He’s taught thousands of students how to ride and gain more skills and confidence on their board.

Danny has a strong passion for making skateboarding accessible, taking a creative approach and delivering world class skateboarding programs.  Danny skates every day and is also passionate about art.

Nevada

Head Coach and Coordinator

Nevada works on our school, OOSH and council programs and takes care of bookings too . She specialises in teaching beginners and is an expert at breaking things down into easy-to-follow steps, that can be understood by students of all ages.

Nevada has extensive experience working with kids, making her great at keeping a good balance of fun and learning, whilst managing risk. She’s an intuitive coach, who’s also great at troubleshooting to ensure good technique.

Nevada has delivered thousands of learn to skate programs at aftercare and vacation-care centres as well as school sports programs. She’s also great at comforting kids when a ‘whambulance’ is required.

Mark

Group Lesson Head Coach

Mark is one of our most experienced coaches and he’s also completed a degree in Primary Education. His lessons involve easy-to-follow steps that are delivered with plenty of humour. In fact, by the end of a lesson with Mark we guaranteed all students will be rolling confidently on their boards, as well as on the floor in laughter!

He’s been working with kids for over 10 years and has a strong understanding of how to structure a lesson to allow all kids, regardless of their ability, to build confidence and develop their ‘skater skills’.

Jake

Private Lesson Coach

Jake has worked fulltime as an OOSH educator for 3 years, as well as teaching skateboarding with Skate Now for over a year. He starting out learning to ride at the iconic Bondi Beach skatepark from an early age, and he’s now an accomplished street and park skateboarder.

Jake enjoys helping intermediate level riders take their riding to the next level, and seeing the enthusiasm and determination of beginners as they rise to the challenge of conquering the basics.

Michael

Private Lesson Coach

Michael is highly experienced in both the riding and coaching side of skateboarding and has also worked extensively with children in other roles. Michael specialises in private lessons, and is great at building student’s confidence, giving encouragement while teaching the skills and techniques of skateboarding.

He’s also a weapon of a fast bowler in cricket and a self confessed chocoholic!

Tim

Coaching All-Rounder

Tim is just as at home skating an urban street plaza as he is snowboarding the powdery slopes of a Canadian mountain. He’s also had a lot of experience with action sports coaching, both with children in the K-12 range as well as adults in team building exercises.

Tim has a degree in Sport & Event Management as well as Certificate III &  IV in Fitness. He is also great with kids, enthusiastic and patient.

Tom

Coaching All-Rounder

Tom has 7 years of riding experience and over 2 years’ experience working in skate education. He’s an all-rounder and excels at running private lessons, group lessons, intermediate programs and kids skateboard parties.

Toms’ passion and enthusiasm for skateboarding and helping kids develop their skill and confidence really shows in his lessons.

Ben

Coaching All-Rounder

Ben is a skate and surf instructor, and he’s been skating himself for over 10 years. He’s an all-rounder coach and runs regular private and group lessons as well as intermediate programs.

He’s passionate about coaching, and likes the satisfaction of seeing a students eyes light up after they’ve nailed a new move he’s just taught them.

Ben is also a keen camper, and loves to go on surf safaris up and down the NSW coast.