Now it’s no secret that I am not the best ice skater; however, I’m close to being an authority on falling, so skating safety is important to me. The national safety council also has a useful tip list.
1. Comfortable skates with regularly sharpened blades
At the beginning of each season, take your skates to a professional sharpener.
2. Check the ice
Before you take off, make sure there are no major cracks, holes, etc
3. Know the skills
Before you skate with friends, learn how to skate. It’s not much fun falling the entire time
4. Dress for success
Shorts are for the summer, ice skating should be done with all the necessary winter gear.
Be sure the location has been specially prepared and tested for safety. The ice should be strong enough to support your weight
6. Buddy System
Never skate alone. If the Olympic athletes can skate in front of millions of strangers, you can ice skate with one or more friends.
I don’t know any adults or teenagers who wear a helmet ice skating. I don’t myself; however, it can’t hurt to have your young child where one until their proficient and confident.
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