Coaching Philosophy

I believe that most people possess what it takes to accomplish their goals, but without guidance and proper coaching they may find themselves with little to no progress year after year. I also believe that for skiers, or athletes in any sport for that matter, to progress they must understand the physics, and mechanics of the sport. Far too many people train by what I would call “The Rules” of skiing rather than the physics of skiing. “The Rules” don’t exist and can inhibit performances and progress.

On the other hand if you understand the physics of what you are trying to accomplish, you can then execute certain finite movements to accomplish your desired results. This is why rather than give skiers your average “ski tips,” I try to custom tailor my coaching to their needs and desires and include a firm understanding of the mechanics of the sport along with any coaching I do. Furthermore, I like to do all of this in a setting that promotes a healthy, relaxed attitude and contributes to the enjoyment of the sport. What does all of this mean? Let¹s have some fun while we train and get a better understanding of what we are doing for long term success! ~ Seth

Coaching Resume

Seth Coaching
  • Coaching since 1994
  • Coach and Manager of Trophy Lakes from 1995-1996 and 1998-2001
  • English Teacher, Fitness Instructor, and Head Basketball Coach at Newtown High School in Sydney, Australia
  • Co-Founder and owner of H2Osmosis Sports (now H2OProShop) since 2002 and owner/head instructor of Seth Stisher’s Water Ski Training Center located at Oz in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Guest Coach at Gordon Rathbun¹s Ski Paradise since 2000
  • Guest Coach at Waterski Costa Rica since 2009
  • Coached many top level athletes from all over the world including: the former Chilean National Slalom Record Holder, The Irish National Slalom Record Holder, The 2004 Junior Worlds Slalom Silver Medalist, various current pros and up and comers, and many top level Big Dawg competitors.
  • Coaches a few winter weeks at Lago Chacabuco in Santiago, Chile since 2007
  • WaterSki Magazine Fantasy Camp Coach, 2008
  • Regular Instructional Article Contributor to WaterSki Magazine since 2005
  • Instructional Articles in the WaterSkier since 2007

Skiing Resume

  • 2021 Mens 4 National Slalom Champion
  • Bronze Medal at 2018 35+ World Championships in Santaigo, Chile
  • 3rd place finish at 2017 Colorado Big Dawg World Tour Stop
  • 2nd Place 2016 Goode Waterski National Championship-Masters Men
  • 2nd Place 2016 Southern Regional Waterski Tournament-Masters Men
  • 7th place 2016 Big Dawg World Tour Finals
  • 6th Place 2016 Big Dawg World Tour NC Qualifier
  • 8th Place 2014 Goode National Waterski Championship-Masters Men
  • 5th Place 2013 Goode Waterski National Championship-Masters Men
  • 7th Place 2013 Big Dawg Cedar Ridge Qualifier
  • 4th Place 2013 Big Dawg Michigan Qualifier
  • 8th Place 2012 Big Dawg World Tour-Texas Qualifier
  • 3rd place 2011 Goode Water Ski National Championship-Masters Men
  • Current Big Dawg Competitor with a 5th place finish in the first season (2011-Present)
  • 9th place 2007 MasterCraft Pro Slalom Shootout
  • 7th place in the 2007 Toyota Last Man Standing Slalom Shootout
  • 6th place in WaterSki Mag 38 off Spin it to Win IT
  • 2006 and 2007 Open Men’s Southern Region Champion
  • 2006 INT US Championship 3rd place Men’s Pro Division
  • 7th place 2006 US Nationals Open Men Slalom
  • 8th place 2006 Last Man Standing Slalom Shootout
  • 8th place 2006 Pro Slalom Shootout
  • 6th Place 2005 US Nationals Open Men Slalom
  • Collegiate National Slalom Champion in 1997
  • Collegiate All American and All Star
  • One of first thirty skiers to run 39.5 off in a record tournament (2001)
  • Ranked as high as #14 in the World as a Professional Waterskier

Our ski club at Squam (New Hampshire) began working with Seth 3 years ago, each June we have a 3-day clinic at our site. We are a diverse group, all ages and stages, and differing levels of skiing ability. All of us involved have progressed in our skiing and had a lot of fun working together. Seth has a unique ability to coach, teach and become friends with the skiers he works with.

Barry Gaw, Riveredge Marina, Holderness, NH