For many new skaters, inline skating inspires awe and occasionally even some fear. Taking instruction will swiftly help you to overcome this because the instructor will show you a core set of skills that will dramatically increase the fun factor, and leave you feeling capable and confident. Some of these skills include learning how to stop, how to stand without your skates rolling from under you, etc.
One fear can be that of falling - you'll learn how to fall properly whilst wearing protective gear. While falling is to some degree a part of inline skating, instruction will show you how to reduce the chances of falling.
An Instructor will teach you how to stop
It's important to learn how to stop before you learn how to
skate. The heel brake stop is not hard to learn, but it isn't exactly
intuitive either, and careening down the street faster and faster with no way to
stop can be a terrifying experience. The benefit of having an instructor is that he/she will give you personal attention and will be able to give you personal feedback which is not possible with something from a book.
IISA lessons are structured
If your lesson is from an IISA (International Inline Skating
Association) certified instructor (and it should be!), then he/she will be following a carefully
thought out and detailed structure when teaching you. This means that the
IISA have documented a core set of skills and broken them down into easy steps.
In addition, IISA certified instructors use the same phrases and terminology all
over the world to demonstrate the same skills, so you can change instructors and
continue exactly as you were.
In-line Skating Lessons are effective
When an instructor teaches you, he or she can observe the
mistakes you make, and show you how to correct them. It's often quite hard
to pick up on mistakes that you yourself are making, and the instructor, who is
one step removed from you and understands the skill breakdown, will spot these
and help you to fix them. This dynamic process tends to help you to learn
new skating skills faster than the average person would on their own, although
it doesn't curtail the need for plenty of practice.
The IISA core skills approach helps to focus on all the basic
skills, ensuring that all are learnt properly. It's much harder to do this
kind of practice on your own, disciplining yourself to work on each skill.
Your instructor will quickly point out what you're good at, and what you need to
work on, so you won't need to worry that you might be practicing the wrong
thing. Remember that practice doesn't make perfect - perfect practice
Group skating classes
Taking a group lesson can be a lot of fun, and an excellent
social. You get to have fun learning to skate with other like-minded
people who are probably of similar ability to you, and it's likely that you
will continue to enjoy each other's company after the lessons are over.
Skating is a social activity for many people, and most of
us love skating in the company of others. That's why hanging out in the
Park and mass street skates
such as the London Skate have become so popular.
Lessons will quickly help you attain the necessary skill level to go on group
skates around your own city.
About 1000 skaters in the streets of London
The London Skate passes Piccadilly Circus
You can contact me for rollerblading
lessons in London UK here.
If you're from elsewhere in the world,
the IISA provides a searchable list of instructors at icp-international.org.