Maybe you skated as a kid and you want to get back on the skating rink. Maybe you’ve never skated a day in your life and you want to try something new. Or maybe you’ve always been the skater clutching a friend and trying not to fall over, and you want to feel more confident on skates. Whatever your reason may be, we’re glad you’re here, and we couldn’t be happier to share these beginner skating tips with you. You’ve got this!
3 Beginner Roller Skating Tips
Yes, you’re going to fall—but it doesn’t have to hurt!
One of the biggest obstacles that keeps people from trying to roller skate is the fear of falling. But guess what; everyone falls down, even experienced skaters. The best thing you can do is accept that you will take a few tumbles as you learn new skating skills, and learn how to fall so that you minimize your chance of injury.
Practice going down on one knee and then the other, keeping your hands on your legs (NOT on the ground), and getting back up without using your hands/arms. If you feel that you’re starting to fall while skating, going into a controlled forward fall is preferable to falling backwards. Backwards falls can injure your tailbone, and if you put your arms out to catch you, you may injure your wrists as well. Experienced skaters fall all the time while practicing new tricks, skills, dance moves, etc. They just know how to fall, get up, and keep it moving!
Practice your stance.
If you haven’t personally done this, you’ve probably seen someone who has: You take your first tentative steps out onto the skating rink, legs stiff and straight, arms out wide. As soon as you start to roll, you lose your balance, arms windmilling wildly, before falling over backwards. Unfortunately, your fall was almost guaranteed from your first step. That’s because roller skating requires a proper stance with a low center of gravity. These are the keys to a good roller skating stance:
- Feet shoulder width apart
- Knees bent like you’re doing a squat
- Lean forward slightly at the waist
Remember, the lower your center of gravity, the harder it is to fall over, so try to maintain the squat-like position as you practice walking in your skates, and then pushing off and gliding.
Take roller skating lessons and watch other skaters.
Here at Chester Skateland, we offer roller skating lessons on Tuesdays and Saturdays. All ages and abilities are welcome, and we have classes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced skaters. The cost per lesson is only $8, which includes skate rental, the instruction time, plus free admission to the roller skating session following class!
In addition to our roller skating classes in Chester, you should also head over to YouTube and search for any skills or tricks you’re interested in learning. There are tons of great roller skating videos out there that can help you perfect your moonwalk, learn to skate backwards, or just help you improve your basic skating technique. Keep at it, and join us at Chester Skateland for fun on the rink anytime!