Roller Skating is a pastime that is loved and enjoyed by many people, you can be young or old, fit or not, roller skating is accessible to everybody. Once you have purchased your skates and one or two items of safety gear then you are all set to enjoy a thrilling experience. But if you are taking up roller skating for the very first time, it can be a little daunting for a beginner. Just like ice skating, when things go wrong, you can land with a hefty thump, so in this blog we will attempt to dispense tips for the first-time roller skater how to roller skate.

Roller Skating for Beginners

Roller Skating is fast and fun, you can move forwards or backwards and stop almost in an instant. It is also an activity you can partake in by yourself, with a partner, or in a group. First learning how to skate can be more than daunting, it can be almost terrifying, just like your first skiing or ice-skating lesson. But once mastered, the feeling is amazing. And like riding a bicycle for the first time: once learned, you never forget. It will need time and dedication at first to learn the proper technique and body form but persistence will eventually win over.

Roller Skating Lessons

Taking lessons when you first begin is advisable, and rather than taking them from a friend, the first one or two lessons are best taught by a certified instructor. A professional instructor will teach you the basics correctly, how to stay balanced and avoid all the beginner falls and accidents. The biggest influence that an instructor can install in a novice roller skater is to defeat the fear of falling.

After you learn the basics and have mastered balance and how to stop, then your friends can assist in developing your technique. Roller skating is like any other skill, if you pick up bad habits at the start, then these can often stay with you for life.

Protective Equipment

Even the best roller skaters take a spill now and then, it is part of the sport. And to make this less painful, protective gear is an important consideration. Your skates are the most crucial piece of equipment and it is best if you rent a few pairs to try before you make your first purchase. It is important that your skates fit properly. Too big and they can cause you to fall, and too small not only can they cause blisters but change your technique to shuffling instead of skating.

The most important part of safety equipment is a helmet as skating on hard surfaces such as roads can be dangerous. Wrist, elbow and knee pads are also available, and whilst learning the best advice is to wear the lot! Obviously all this protective equipment is to buffer the impact from falling, but it does also have a secondary and most important effect. It will give you the feeling of safety and confidence to concentrate on your actual skating and not from falling over. In part two of this blog we look more at the techniques of roller skating.