Your child sees their friends roller skating through the neighborhood and decides they want you to teach them how to skate. But it’s been years since you’ve glided around the rink to your favorite 90’s jams. Now what?
Have no fear! We’ve put together a simple guide to teach your kids the basics of roller skating.
- Equipment. Technically, all you need are rollers skates, but we highly recommend a helmet, wrist pads, knee pads, and elbow pads, especially for new skaters.
- Teach your kids the proper skate posture. Knees should remain barely bent, feet should be shoulder width apart, and a slight squat will give your kids a good center of gravity.
- For their first time on skates, tell kids to walk like a duck with the their feet pointed slightly outwards. It may feel silly, but practicing this until they’re comfortable will help them get their footing on skates.
Other things kids need to learn when beginning to skate include gliding and stopping. From there, they can start learning more complicated moves like skating backwards, turns, and hops. Unsure of how to help or teach? There are tons of YouTube videos teaching these skating moves and countless others.
If you don’t want to worry about teaching your kids how to skate during one of our open skates, don’t worry. You can enroll your kids (and join them if you want!) in one of our skating classes. Our classes are from 6-7 p.m. every Thursday. We teach students how to skate forward and backward, safety techniques, as well as different games we play during our open skate sessions.
We are happy to have skaters of all skating types and styles, so come down to Southwestern Skate to master your family’s next favorite hobby!