Your first inline-skating lesson shouldn’t be too complicated; don’t expect to be speed-skating around deadly curves on your first try. What you can expect to learn is how to skate gently forward, remaining steady and upright and, maybe most importantly, how to stop skating. Once you’ve mastered these basics, you’ll be ready to move on with the development of your skating skills, ideally under the physical tutelage of an expert.
Things You’ll Need
- Inline skates
- Wrist guards
- Knee pads
- Elbow pads
- Flat paved area next to rough grassy area
Instructions how to rollerblade for beginners:
1. Sit down on a rough surface like grass, and put on your protective gear.
2. Put on your skates. They should be snug without being uncomfortable; experiment with different levels of tightness until you find one that works for you.
3. Brace one knee against the ground and stand up one leg at a time. You should be able to walk on the rough surface without too much trouble.
4. Practice the three basic stances. For the ready position bend your knees just enough so that you see your knees and not your feet when you look down. And with your hands in front of you, place your feet about shoulder-width apart.
5. Enter the V-stance by bringing your heels together and pointing your toes outward to form a “V” with the skates.
6. Enter the A-stance by spreading your legs to shoulder-width or more. Practice moving between the three stances while still on the grass.
7. Assume the V-stance at the edge of the grass.
8. Step onto the pavement, keeping your feet in the V-stance.
9. Take another step, making sure to keep your knees bent and your hands out. You will glide forward on this step. Follow up with another step, bringing your feet into and out of the V-stance. Once you’ve gotten a rhythm going, you should start to glide forward smoothly.
10. Begin to brake by bending your legs gently so that your shins press against the tongues of your skates. Then bring one leg slightly forward until its knee is straight, and lift your toe to press the skate’s brake against the pavement.
11. Practice gentle skating and braking until you can do it with ease.