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On Sunday 2nd April the Manchester Marathon will pass by Silver Blades Altrincham. Customers are advised that there will be disruptions to traffic and road closures in the area. There will be no access to the council car park outside the rink between the hours of 8.15am - 1.30pm. For more information please click here

our skating tips
If you want to follow in the blades of those on Dancing on Ice or have a burning (or should that be freezing?) desire to take to the ice for fun, then our top 10 tips for ice skating beginners should be just the ticket to have you skating confidently in no time, rather than skating like Bambi on ice

Don't look down when skating

It's amazing how many people starting out in skating spend all their time looking at their feet rather than in the direction they are going. Instead, keep your head up and look in front of you so at least you can see who or what you are about to collide with!

Get some good skates

If you're stepping out for the first time, then hire skates available at most centres will be fine. But if you get the skating bug and decide to take it up, buy a decent pair of skates that will last and most importantly, fit well and provide good support.

Tie skates the correct way

The right skates for you will not be the correct ones if they are tied incorrectly. Make sure your skates are not too tight or your feet will likely go numb, while having your skates too loose will not provide the proper support for your ankles.

Get some skating lessons

If you want to master the basics, taking some lessons is an absolute must. Take a few group lessons which are available at most rinks and for a variety of ages. Also take a friend along, as learning with someone will help you relax.

Don't lean backwards

Leaning back will likely send you flying on your backside or worse. The best advice is to keep your knees bent and your weight forward. Hold your arms out in front of you and open them wide to help you stay balanced.

There's no stopping you!

Naturally, one of the basics you'll need to know is how to stop. To stop, bend your knees, turn the toes of each foot inwards, point your heels out, and push out on your heels. This will slow you down and bring you to a stop. Now that's a relief!

Skate in the correct direction

While initially the direction you are skating may not be of your choosing, there is usually a directional rule to follow on the ice, either clockwise or vice-versa. Don't try skating the wrong way round the ice rink as you'll end up hurting others and quite possibly yourself.

Make use of temporary rinks

If you are not fortunate enough to have a skating rink near you, then make the most of temporary ice rinks. Christmas is a particularly good time to try to visit a temporary ice rink in some major cities, so go along, you'll have a good time.

Don't take it too seriously

When you fall down (and be sure you will), have a laugh about it and get right back up on your skates again. Don't take yourself or your skating too seriously, after all, even the best end up on their backside from time to time. It's even funnier if you do it in style!

Warm up for skating slowly

Give that skating takes place generally in a cold arena, then your muscles are initially going to be cold. Prior to skating, it's not really wise to just throw your leg over a barrier and start stretching. Stretching in a cold environment can lead to muscle tears, so wrap up well (but not as to restrict your movement) and start with some bend and work up to stretching.
So there you have it, some useful ice skating tips to get you started. Remember that proper instruction is important, especially if you are wanting to make the step up to more advanced skating used in figure skating, ice hockey or speed skating. But if you are skating purely for fun, then make sure you actually have fun on the ice, and if the worst comes to the worst, make sure you have a good friend to hang onto.

Silver Blades Altrincham

Oakfield Road,
Station Site,
Altrincham,
WA15 8EW
Tel: 08700 852929
Email: altrincham@silver-blades.co.uk
Rink Manager: Rob Pitchford