Ice Skating Safety 101 | The Basics
Whether it’s your first time on the rink or you’re a seasoned pro, skating safely should always be a priority, not only to protect you but everyone else around you too. We’ve got some great tips to help you stay safe and still have great fun!
Getting the Right Fit
The best place to start is to get skates that fit properly; they need to have a snug fit like a ski boot, not loose like a pair of trainers. If your foot is able to move around inside the boot then you will not be able to balance properly, which will make you unstable on the rink.
If you’re unsure which size would be best then speak to the staff at the rink and they will be able to assist you in finding the right fit. Ensuring that you use skates that are well maintained is also a great tip; rinks should always have skate sharpeners available to keep their skates in tip-top condition.
Learning to Stop and Fall
Stopping is one of the first things you should learn when skating. Being able to stop efficiently will make the rink safer for yourself and others. There are a lot of different techniques you can use depending on what works best for you. Ask the attendants at the rink to show you how to stop safely.
Even the professionals take a stumble on the rink sometimes, so learning to fall safely is a must. The main thing to remember is to protect your head and limbs; if you lose your footing keep your head as upright as you can and bring limbs away from blades. Getting up as quickly as possible is another important thing to remember, your visibility to other skaters is significantly less when you’re on the ground or low down.
Be Aware of your Surroundings
Being aware of what is going on around you is crucial when you’re skating; as well as protecting yourself, you need to be courteous of others. Always listen to what is going on around you, so refrain from using headphones or talking on a mobile while skating.
Generally, there is also a specific direction you should be skating in, decided by the owners. It is important to follow this in order to prevent collisions with other skaters.
These tips on skating safety should help you to protect yourself, stay safe and have a great experience on the rink. If you’re interested in hiring or purchasing a rink, please get in touch.