10 Ice Skating Tips for Beginners

How to make the most of your time on the ice if you are a first-time skater at Shenley SK8

If you are a first-time skater, or perhaps just a bit out of practice, getting on the ice can seem daunting. But do not worry, here are our ten top tips to help you make the most of your time at the rink...

  1. Dress for success

It is important to dress appropriately when your ice skating. Wear casual and comfortable clothes that are practical for you to move in – some comfy trousers and a festive jumper would be perfect! Make sure you bring some thick socks to wear with your skates, which will help you to avoid blisters, and always remember a pair of gloves to keep you warm in the cold and to protect your hands from any falls.

2. Make sure your skates are the right size

Skates that are too big put you at risk of twisting your ankles, and if your skates are too small you’re going to have sore toes very quickly, so when you arrive at the rink be sure to select the right size. Do not be afraid to try a couple of sizes to make sure they are a good fit!

3. Secure your skates correctly

Just as important as finding the right size skates is making sure that they are fastened correctly. You want your skates to be snug and secure; this will help you feel stable and steady on the ice and again will stop your feet turning inwards. Make sure that your skates feel comfortable before you get on the ice.

4. Take your time

If you are a beginner, it’s best to take your time and not expect too much from yourself straight away when you first step on the ice. Start by holding on to the side barrier and taking short, marching steps. This will help your balance and help you get used to the feeling of the ice beneath your skates. Maybe try a lap or two holding on to the barrier or someone’s hand, and then when you feel confident it is time to let go and start gliding.

5.Follow the rules of the rink

At every ice rink you go to there are always a series of rules that visitors must follow to keep everyone safe and to avoid accidents. One of the most important of these is to skate in the right direction; at Shenley SK8 this is anti-clockwise. You will be able to find the other rules on posters around the rink, so make sure you are familiar with them before you start skating.

6. Do not look down when skating

It can be very tempting to look at your feet when your ice skating but looking down can make things more difficult and a bit more dangerous. Try your best to keep your head up and look straight ahead in the direction that you want to go.

7. Do not lean backwards

As much as you do not want your weight to be too far forwards when skating, it is equally as important not to lean backwards. Leaning back makes it much more likely that you will lose your balance and fall. Instead, try to keep your torso upright and remember, look straight ahead instead of down.

8. Bend your knees for balance

To help you perfect your posture on the ice, bend your knees slightly and put your arms out to steady yourself. Try putting one arm out in front of you and the other slightly out to the side.

9. Do not be afraid to fall

All ice skaters fall every once a while, no matter whether they are a beginner or a professional. The key is to laugh it off and not let it bother you. When you fall, tuck in your hands to protect your fingers, shift your weight so you are resting on your knees and then get right back up on your skates again ready for another go!

10. Relax and enjoy!

Ice skating is all about having fun, so above all else make sure you relax and enjoy your time on the ice. Do not take yourself too seriously because even if you do fall, there is sure to be people in the same position as you!

So, there you have it, 10 top tips to help you get ready for your visit to Shenley SK8. We cannot wait to see you there.