1. Get On
Start with something to hold on to. To get on, place one foot on, then slowly shift your weight up onto that foot. Move the other foot on when all of your weight is on the board.
2. Stand Still
Next milestone is just standing still. It takes the brain around 30 seconds to calibrate and stop wobbling. I recommend you hold onto something for this 30 seconds. Try to look at a faraway object and not the ground.
3. Get Balanced
Next, slowly move near something to grab on to. As you grow more comfortable, slowly let go. I usually use my car and have people circle around my car 3 or 4 times. By the forth they are well ready to move away from the car. Make sure they know how to turn in place, some people think you have to curve around widely like in a bicycle. Fix that early so you don’t hit stuff.
4. Start Riding
You can slowly move away, and work on increasing speed. You might wobble out and fall here until you’ve done it for around 5 minutes total. I recommend having someone walk with you and if you start to wobble have them grab you and lift. That usually fixes it. I’d say this happens an average of .5 times per new rider.
5. Speed Up
Work toward faster and faster speeds! Practice moving over cracks and on hills sideways. Practice texture transitions.
6. Get Off
Just like how you got on, slowly balance on just one foot by shifting your weight onto just one of your feet while staying still. Move the other foot backwards when it is completely off the board. Then shift your weight onto the ground foot. This is probably the most dangerous part, because people think you can jump off of it like a skateboard and you really, really can’t do that. If you try to jump forward with both feet, you point your toes, the board stays under you and you usually wipe out bad.