- Step 1: Find a place to skate Find a place to skate with a smooth asphalt or concrete surface and a good amount of open space. Empty parking lots are usually a safe bet.
- Step 2: Put on safety gear and skates Put on your safety gear and skates.
- TIP: Make sure that your helmet fits snugly on your head. There should be no play in the chin strap.
- Step 3: Stand up Stand up slowly, keeping your knees slightly bent. Take a moment to get your balance.
- Step 4: Take a step Take a small step with your dominant foot.
- Step 5: Push Push toward the ground with your opposite foot.
- Step 6: Alternate Push with your dominant foot while bringing your other foot forward. Repeat this process continually.
- Step 7: Practice braking Gently push back on one of your heels to brake.
- TIP: If your rear brake fails, simply drag one of your skates on its side. This will slow you down in a hurry.
- Step 8: Practice Practice skating and stopping until you’re comfortable. Pretty soon you’ll be ready for the open road.
- FACT: Almost half of injuries to skaters are sustained by people without proper safety gear.
You Will Need
- In-line skates
- A helmet
- Knee pads
- Elbow pads
- Wrist guards (optional)