Like most things in life, skating rinks have rules and etiquette to abide by when participating in your favorite activity. These rules make sure everyone has a fun (and collision-free) time at the rink. Here’s a little refresher from your friends at Chester Skateland:
No Stopping on the Rink
Stopping on the rink could mess up the flow of traffic and possibly cause an accident. If you stop suddenly, the person skating behind you may have too much momentum to slow down before they run into you, causing a traffic jam. If you need to stop, try to go towards the edge of the rink and step off before you do so.
Respect Personal Space
We’ve all been there: you’re minding your own business, trying to enjoy your skating experience, and someone zooms past you about two inches away and almost knocks you off your feet. Don’t be that person. Respect people’s personal space and don’t get too close when skating. This can be a hazard as well.
Be Patient with New Skaters
When skating with new skaters, it is important to remember how you felt when you first began skating. It’s a difficult skill to learn and things are moving fast. Please be patient with the newbies, they are doing their best. Maybe even give them a thumbs up or a “You are doing great! Keep going!” It could make their day.
Skate in the Right Direction
This seems like it would be obvious, but isn’t always. Always skate counter-clockwise unless otherwise directed by the staff at the skating rink. If you’re sick of going one way, maybe try skating backwards to switch things up. Just be careful not to put yourself and others in danger on the rink.
We saved the best tip for last: have fun, smile, laugh, and skate safe!