With the launch of this year’s ice rinks coming ever closer, we thought now would be a great time to give you our top 5 tips for first time skaters who are nervous about getting on the ice!

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  1. ‘Your Going to Fall!’

No really, you are. The most important thing is to fall properly!

  • Never put your hands above your head – this will likely cause you to fall backwards with a high chance of hitting the back of your head.
  • To avoid ‘A’, fall towards the ice and choose a side you want to land on – an assist fall!
  • Finally, always fall with your hands in a fist, this avoids fingers getting caught by the blades of other skaters!

2. Getting up!

Keep trying, but get up properly! Never give up.

  • Come to on both knees
  • Choose your dominant leg to stand on
  • Put both hands either side of the leg you are choosing to stand on
  • Slowly and steadily push yourself up!

3. Under 6?

  • Become a living penguin! Waddle along in the same motion, like the Charlie Chaplin walk
  • Make sure you have a dual blade skates on, specially made to provide extra stability
  • Failing that ‘A’ and ‘B’, use a skate aid and get push around by mum and dad!

4. Everyone else?

  • Keep your feet in a ‘V’ and try to walk, naturally pushing forward, eventually coming to a glide
  • If starting out, begin with very small strides. There’s no shame in starting out as a penguin!

5. Stopping!

  • Never go at a speed that you can’t control with a stop
  • Bend your knees and choose one foot, bending your ankle to create a half snow plough stop

If you follow these simple tips for first time skaters, you will be having fun skating along in no time!

A special thanks to Mike Aldred for providing great tips for this article!!

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