Black Pickle Adventure Company seeks to foster the love of the game in new and experienced players alike. We provide private / group lessons and coaching so that players at all levels can develop their skills and gain confidence in the strategy of the game. We also host tournaments and skills clinics and offer consulting / hosting services for tournaments, events and corporate outings. Come set sail with The Black Pickle Crew as you embark on your next Pickleball Adventure!
Private and Group Lessons
Ready to take your game to the next level? Whether you are a beginner or a long time player wanting to sharpen your skills, Black Pickle private and group lessons are the ideal way to improve quickly and confidently.
Lessons are individualized for first time beginners to the more advanced tournament player wanting to get to the next level. We incorporate a variety of teaching methods in each lesson using drills, demonstrations, court targets and game play scenarios, bringing players to higher levels by teaching strategic play and smart Pickleball.
We offer single lessons, smart packs, and recurring lessons. We also offer gift certificates.
Group Lessons can be up to 4 players.
Skills Clinics / Tournaments
We offer many Black Pickle Skills Clinics and Tournaments throughout the year. Follow us on Facebook or go to our Events page for the latest scheduled events. Sharpen your skills and enjoy the Positive Power of Pickleball as you explore ways to take your game to the next level.
Can't make it to one of our scheduled clinics? Black Pickle instructors are available to visit your facility and host larger group lessons for more than 8 players, Private Skills Clinics, or even a small Tournament for your group.
Event Consulting Services
Converting Tennis Courts into a Pickleball facility? Interested in adding Pickleball members and groups to your private club? Do you want to throw a Pickleball tournament and you just don't know where to begin? You are in luck! Contact The Black Pickle Adventure Co. We offer consulting and hosting services to help you navigate the fast growing world of Pickleball.
"I recently visited family in North Carolina and decided to sign up for a pickleball lesson with Johan Middelthon. I was experiencing ongoing frustration with my 3rd shot drop despite having been to a clinic and taken a couple of private lessons in the last 1.5 years.
Right from the beginning Johan was very optimistic and reassuring that he would be able to teach me 2 simple things to make my 3rd shot drop a success. His advice was different compared to prior instructions and I am happy to report very effective as my success rate has improved significantly.
Johan has a special talent for teaching. He is a great listener and focuses on what the student wishes to learn. He tries to keep the instruction to one topic at a time and does not overwhelm you with extemporaneous information. The more lessons you take with Johan the more instruction and advice you will receive but in a measured and paced manner that allows you to absorb the information. Johan likes to play with you as his partner so you can implement what you have just learned and he can give you immediate feedback. This is a very effective learning tool.
I highly recommend Johan for every pickleball player regardless of skill level.
His patience and encouragement will put a smile on your face!" Susanne F. Port Townsend, WA
“I’ve taken several of the skills clinics instructed by Johan Middelthon. He made learning a new skill fun, while letting us know that it was OK if we didn’t get it right the first time. He always gave encouragement, but let you know if a shot wasn’t correct, without being demeaning. It’s one thing to be good at sports, but it’s another to practice good sportsmanship. Both on and off the court, Johan is a true master at this.” Carolyn S. Denver, NC
"Like many others, I was addicted to pickleball the moment I had my first rally on the court. However, after a while, I could feel I was constrained in play and looked to Johan for private lessons. I had watched him play with the various caliber of players and noticed, first, that he was excellent, but mostly he was in constant communication with his partners. I also observed that the games he was in were played entirely differently, with more strategy a lot more dynamic, and a lot more fun. Rallies lasted longer, and the game was different than what I was playing.
After lessons with Johan, my gameplay has improved significantly. He is so very patient and encouraging. The magic I find with him is that he can spot what has to be developed in my game and easily explains the adjustments I need to make. We work on drills to hammer in the changes, and then Johan partners with me in games, coaching, to harden the development. The best thing of all is how Johan fosters my confidence. He reassures me to try different things and supports me through the whole process. When I play without him, I hear his words of encouragement in my head. The lessons have changed how I approach the game, and I truly enjoy playing significantly more. " Udit P. Davidson, NC