Safety First For Young Inline Skaters
Your child has new inline skates and is ready to start rolling. How can you help the new skater get comfortable and confident and enjoy good inline skating.
Here are a few tips on keeping your child safe, and instilling good skating habits. Right from the very first skate, ensure that your child wears all the safety gear: helmet, knee pads, wrist guards and elbow pads to guard against bumps and bruises. Check that loose laces and pant legs are away from the wheels.
Before skating, check to ensure that all the wheels, the brake, the straps and other plastic parts are not loose, cracked, broken or worn out. Tighten all parts as necessary. If any parts are cracked, broken or worn out, discard the skates.
Skating Surfaces To Learn On
Always supervise beginner skaters until they feel confident. Hold your child’s hand and guide him along a smooth, level surface. Save the hill training for when the child is comfortable with her inline skate brakes. Choose areas for skating that are free of obstacles. Avoid any area that has water, wet spots, snow, ice, sand, oil, gravel, etc.
Smooth surfaces can be skating paths, sidewalks without too many cracks, or after hours at large industrial are or corporate building parking lot Make sure your skater never skates on streets, roadways and driveways which enter vehicle traffic routes. And never, never tow skaters with a bike to get them used to speed. Kids will learn to go faster as soon as they feel confident.
Starting & Stopping
As soon as the child is rolling along on his inline skates, teach him how to brake and stop. Do this on the flat, level surface, not down hill. With braking, the child needs to learn that stopping is not instantaneous, and she needs to allow enough stopping distance for obstacles, curbs, etc.
Most importantly, have fun with your child, and he/she will enjoy the inline skating experience. For more information about the skates, visit at Skateboard Blog.