Ice skating can be a scary skill to tackle, especially if you grew up in Florida. While ice skating might seem scary at first, it’s easy to conquer with a little determination, patience and excitement. Jacksonville Ice strives to make it easy for everyone to learn to skate. Here are five tips for ice skating beginners.
Dress for Success
Before you even step on the ice, it’s important to wear a warm outfit. Fitted clothing is your best bet because it allows for freedom of motion. Socks and skating tights are a must to keep your toes warm and to prevent blisters. If possible, wear thin microfiber socks. These socks will be less bulky and less likely to absorb moisture. Skate rentals are available at Jacksonville Ice.
Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously
When you’re learning to skate, you will fall. It’s impossible not to. What’s important is you get back up, and you’re able to laugh about it! Don’t be too hard on yourself when you’re learning. Remember that learning a new skill and improving yourself is fun!
Warm Up Slowly
It takes a lot of hard work to learn how to do a triple axel. No one got on the ice for the first time and won a gold medal. It’s important to start slow when learning to ice skate. Creating a solid foundation for your skating is key to learning harder skills. It’s important to warm up slow and create a base of skills for your future ice-skating career.
Don’t Look Down
In ice skating, where you look is where you’ll go. So, if you’re looking down at the ice, that’s where you’ll end up! Be sure to always look up at where you want to go and to focus your body weight up. Whatever you do, don’t look down!
Steer with Your Shoulders
Turning can seem like a big obstacle to overcome when you’re learning to skate. It’s actually very easy! Just turn your outside shoulder, the one furthest from the direction you want to turn. and you’ll gracefully turn in that direction.
If you’ve caught the ice-skating bug, Jacksonville Ice has the cure. We have Learn To Skate programs for all ages! To enroll call the office at 904-399-3223. We can’t wait to see you on the ice!