Learn to Skate

The learn to skate sessions offered by ISC in partnership with IBC form the backbone of our clubs skating activities and our competitive success. They provide a safe introduction to skating and allow people of any ages to quickly acquire the skills necessary to either skate recreationally or to be able to progress onto the internationally recognised skating disciplines currently offered by our club, details of which can be found else are on our website.

We use a recognised teaching scheme specifically designed to develop the basic skating  skills required to allow anyone to skate safely. Everybody learns at a different speed but we can teach anybody who wants to to be able to skate forwards, stop, turn to backwards, skate backwards, turn to forwards again and turn corners proficiently. Once you can do that you can start artistic, speed or any other skating discipline with safety and with confidence.

Our coaches are insured, qualified, police checked and first aid trained.

Skates are available and free for use at all learn to skate sessions, if you have your own feel free to bring them along.

What to expect when you come.

All our learn to skate sessions follow the same format:

They last for two hours, for the  first 30 minutes people are free to arrive, and if they have skated with us before put on their skates and free  skate in  the designated area around the sides  of the hall. (everybody goes in the same direction for safety) The centre of the hall is reserved for new or nervous skaters and in this time we always have coaches on hand to asses newcomers, help them put on their skates, talk to new skaters and parents to makes sure everybody is happy and safe and prepared for the main part of the session.

Over the next thirty minutes skaters are taught formally in small groups. They are differentiated by their current ability into four basic groups or grades. In each stage they learn different skills; in grade 1 they learn how to stand up on skates, balance, skate forwards and stop;  with each grade the difficulties of the skating challenge increases.

At the end of the formal lesson all skaters take off their skates to take a break, they eat, drink and socialise. By doing this we minimise the chances of accidents by ensuring that people are properly hydrated, refreshed and ready for the last 45 minutes of the learn to skate session where skaters have the choice of either practice or skill related skating games and activities.

Skaters are introduced in a structured way to some of the skating disciplines and are given the option of either practicing what they have been learning with the support of coaches or be involved in skill related games and activities designed to improve their skating ability.

If you have any questions or want to know more about what we do please feel free make contact with us.

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