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I was a tennis instructor for about 10 years. Here are a few things from my experience that can become problems for you with learning through videos. 1). You have to retain everything that you watched on a video. If you forget something you won't be able to call yourself out on it. And being a beginner you won't have an experienced eye for noticing mistakes. ...


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I can answer only from experience from learning ice-skating, swimming and tennis. No video can tell you what you are doing wrong. For that, you need an experienced instructor. And not all instructors are equal. Some are geniuses at focussing in on your particular mistakes and deficits, and telling you -- repeat you, not some statistically average person --...


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@AnoE's answer is pretty much bang on, but there are two main elements that you can't learn by watching videos; stress management and improvisation. I've taught numerous people to climb outside, and one thing I've always tried to install in them is that, at some point, things will go wrong. It might be a route you can't finish because it's too tough, you ...


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Specifically for your example of rock climbing: You should really have personal oversight on your first real rock climbs because the stakes are much higher. In the climbing gym, the safe points are in a straight vertical line; everything is colorful and trivial to see and use. If you fall past the 3rd or 4th carabiner, very little can go wrong; due to the ...


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Learning can be supervised or unsupervised. What you're doing with watching videos is unsupervised. (It works well for a lot of things, no doubt) The difference between supervised and unsupervised is feedback. Someone telling you what you're doing well, and what mistakes you're making. In climbing in particular, a lot of the mistakes you can make (incorrect ...


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Canadian Specific answer: If you are in Canada, certain "guides" are governed by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides" or "ACMG ". In Canada anyone being payed to guide high risk activities including Rock climbing, skiing and alpine and mounting climbing are expected to be accredited by the ACMG. The courses are incredibly ...


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Depending on the country rules may change but generally you only need to know navigation rules (i.e. https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=NavRulesAmalgamated) and possibly additional rules for your region (i.e. https://boat.wa.gov/boating/the-laws/). There is basically all you are required to know. If you have your own sail boat or use friends' boats - that'...


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