Guide to learning to skate

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Written By Anson

Inline skaters continue to learn from beginner to advanced


In-line skating is a relatively new activity, having only gained popularity in the last decade. It is important to have formal instruction in order to avoid injury, as many people are unaware of the rules of the road. The IISA used to offer certification training for in-line skating instructors.

Just beginning

If you have ever ice skated, roller skated or skied, you probably will take to inline skating quite quickly. Many people begin inline skating without formal instruction, however, skaters who take lessons from a Certified Instructor progress more quickly. Learning fundamental skills enables skaters to develop their full potential safely and effectively.

Advanced skaters

If you already know how to skate, a Certified Instructor can help you to polish your skills or learn new tricks. Maybe you want to ride the ramp, go down stairs or learn how to improve cardiovascular conditioning while fitness skating. A Certified Instructor can show you proven techniques that will give you a foundation for the shortest path to successful skating.

Working with an instructor

When you make contact with your instructor, be sure to confirm an exact time and place for your lesson. On lesson day, show up early so you have a chance to put on your protective gear and loosen up. You don’t want to waste lesson time fixing your helmet strap or retightening your skates, although your instructor will be glad to help you if you need it. Before the lesson begins, discuss with your instructor exactly what you would like to work on. When the lesson is over, review key points covered and specific techniques you need to continue to practice.

Putting it all together

Be patient after taking a lesson! It takes time to assimilate all the information you learned in class. The techniques you learn from a Certified Instructor have been tried and tested by the best skaters in the world. Practice these techniques. Even professional athletes take a step backwards when they try to incorporate something new into their game. It may take a while, but soon you’ll be skating better and having more fun!

Final words

Inline skating is a great way to get exercise and enjoy the outdoors, but it is important to be safe while you are skating. Skaters should always wear protective gear, including a helmet, knee and elbow pads, and wrist guards. They should also be sure to skate in areas that are free of obstacles and traffic, and avoid skating in the dark.

If you are interested in learning how to inline skate, there are many resources available. You can find classes offered at local skating rinks, or you can purchase instructional DVDs or books. You can also find many helpful tips and tricks online. Just remember to always skate safely and have fun!

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My name is Anson Nakamura and I have been inline skating for fun for 18 years. My friends and I skate at our local skate park and we just love to skate. I have been a big fan of the sport since I was a little kid. I started with a pair of Rollerblades that I got from a garage sale. I was terrible at first, but I kept at it and eventually I got pretty good.  Now, I can do all sorts of tricks and I love skating more than ever.  There's nothing quite like the feeling of cruising around on your skates, wind in your hair.  f you've never tried skating, I urge you to give it a go. It's an incredible feeling and you might just get hooked like I did.

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