HeadZone Helmets, Communication in the Water Ski World.

BEND YOUR KNEES!  ARMS STRAIGHT!  EYES UP!  That’s me, Keith St.Onge yelling at my students from the boat four years ago.   I had to yell at the top of my lungs to get my students attention and quite frankly I was fed up with it.  Most times the skier could not hear me and if they did, I was more of a distraction then an instructor.  It felt like I was scolding these barefoot skiers and possibly scaring them at the same time.  I then developed my own sign language to communicate but half the time they would only catch a portion of my symbol.  Simply too many distractions!  “How can my dream job be such a nightmare?” I would say.
Jackie St.Onge

I met Mark Ellis, president of HeadZone four years ago and he has changed my life for the better…forever!  I used the HeadZone communication device when they first hit the market and instantly fell in love with the product.  I can now use this system to easily communicate with my clients while they are performing the maneuvers they want to learn.  I simply talk into the microphone, which sends my instruction through the helmet.  The student does not have to look at me or try to figure out my sign language.  I like to explain this situation as a “Reaction.”  The student reacts to my instruction instead of having to think about what do to.  Many of my clients tell me “It seems like you’re in my head.” Haha, I laugh and say, “That’s because I am!”

With HeadZone I can cut the learning curve in half and accomplish in one run, what use to take three to eight runs.  Not only that but my students do not take unnecessary falls.  I’m able to critique their position before something bad happens and beginners learn instantly because of my ability to response quickly.

You might be asking what type of water resistance this helmet may have?  HeadZone is fully waterproof and can withstand all impacts on the water.  Many times it helps break a fall with less impact being diverted from the head.  The helmet molds tightly to the skull and does not catch or bucket the water.

We are proud to be affiliated with HeadZone and take pride in using this product at the World Barfoot Center!  Come down to sunny, Winter Haven, Florida and allow us to guide you from all levels of barefoot skiing.  The future has arrived and we are embracing it…you should too!

By: Keith St.Onge, 2x World Champion, 11x National Champion

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4 Responses to “HeadZone Helmets, Communication in the Water Ski World.”

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