Safety Tips When Skating
1. Dress the part:
It's important to dress appropriately when ice skating so loose warm clothing are recommended. Gloves can also be great for keeping your hands warm and protecting them during falls.
2. Make sure you choose the correct skates:
Skates that are too big have a risk of twisting your ankle as well as skates that are too small hurting your toes. Don't be afraid to try different sizes before going on the ice. To help avoid injury and accidents make sure your skates are tied tight and secure.
3. Take your time:
As a beginner it is best to take your time and find your legs when first going on the ice. Skating takes time and practice so start by holding on to the side of the barrier and taking short marching steps. After trying a couple of laps, if you feel confident, try letting go of the barrier and gliding with each step.
4. Follow the rink rules:
There are a number of rules within the ice rink to adhere to which are in place for your safety. These rules are as follows:
- Use the changing rooms to put on skates
- Make sure skates are tied tight
- Skate in and anti-clockwise direction
- Follow instructions from stewards and staff
- Put all litter in the bins
- No large bags/rucksacks on the ice
- No baseball caps or scarves
- No use of mobile phones or cameras while skating
- No throwing ice or snowballs
- No skating in chains of more than 3 people
- No tig/chase
- No skating at excessive speeds
- No sitting or climbing over barriers
- No carrying children
- No food or drink on ice
- No access to ice when wearing shoes
5. How to balance when skating:
When learning to skate it can be very tempting to look down at your feet. This can be dangerous and make it more difficult so try your best to keep your head up and look straight ahead.
Try not to lean backwards when skating as this could cause you to lose balance and fall. Lean slightly forwards with your knees bent when skating with your head up looking straight ahead.
6. Don't be afraid to fall:
Everybody falls now and then even the professionals. Falling is part of the fun of ice skating so don't let it bother you. When you fall, tuck your hands in to protect your fingers, shift your weight so your resting on your knees and get right back up again ready for another go.
7. How to stand after a fall:
Go on to your knees
Lift one knee up so you are in a kneeling position
Place both hands on your knee for support and push while standing up