The best way for new skaters to avoid the problems
associated with InLine Skating equipment is to concentrate on products produced
by one of the big two InLine Skate manufacturers; Rollerblade or K2. DO NOT buy off brand skates. Be sure to do your homework concerning skate products before
going to the store so you won't be swayed by sales people with little knowledge
of InLine skates.
One of the most common
mistakes made by InLine skate purchasers is that they tend to buy skates that
are much too large. To skate properly, the skate must feel like an extension of
your foot and provide adequate support for your ankle and lower leg. Skates that
are too large can often cause pronation (ankles turning in) or supination
(ankles turning out); both of which will make skating difficult.
Wear THIN socks - not
heavy sport socks when trying on new skates. Thick socks will give a false sense
of snugness. Don't worry about the size
when trying on InLine skates. The rule of thumb is to start with a full
size smaller than your street shoes. Be sure that your dealer stocks half
sizes and not just full sizes so you can pinpoint the exact size you need.
Take your time in the store to be sure that the skates are not going to cause
pain to your foot. If the skates are going to hurt, it's better that they
hurt in the store and not later after you get them home.
There should not be any space between the tips of your toes and the
front of the skate. Your toes should actually press slightly into the foam at
the front of the skate but not so tight that they feel as if they are being
There are two reasons why you need to fit your skates in this fashion:
boot's foam rubber liner will stretch significantly once you
begin using your skates. Once the liner stretches you will then need to wear thicker socks
to fill up the extra space.
2. Street shoes
flex every time you take a step causing the
overall length to become shorter so you need to buy them larger to compensate
for this flexing. InLine skates are built on a rigid frame that
does not flex, so your toes will never be forced any closer to the front of the
After buying your skates the
next step is to buy the protective gear required for InLine skating. The majority
of all injuries sustained by InLine skaters could be prevented if protective
gear was used. The basic gear consists of wrist, elbow and kneepads plus a helmet which is the
standard type used
by cyclists. When wearing a helmet, be sure to take the time to correctly adjust
the chinstrap to ensure that it is held in place firmly enough to protect your
head during a fall.
Everyone new to InLine skating should wear all of the
above-mentioned protective gear. New skaters who wear all of the protective gear
learn to skate much
faster since they are confident that the safety equipment will allow them to go unscathed in the event of
a fall. All skaters will eventually fall and to do so without protective gear
could cause serious, unnecessary injury.
InLine Skating Lessons are offered by appointment only at several outdoor venues in the San Diego
area and also at indoor roller-skating rinks at an additional cost.
PRICES FOR LESSONS ARE LISTED BELOW:
||3 to 11 People
||12 & more People
All students must wear full protective gear.
HERE TO SCHEDULE A LESSON
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- FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Q. How long
will it take me to learn how to skate?
A. Most students only require one or two lessons to learn the
basic skating skills. Other sports such as ice skating, roller-skating or
skiing provide an excellent foundation for InLine skating. Individuals
with limited physical activity usually require more time.
Q. Do I
need to bring InLine skates to my lesson?
A. Yes, since we do not provide skates or equipment.
Rental skates are available throughout San Diego but we recommend purchasing
your own skates to ensure proper fit.
kind of skates should I get?
A. The needs of most new skaters can met by a good pair of
four wheel recreational InLine skates made by Rollerblade or K2.
Proper skate fit is the most important aspect of purchasing new skates.
size wheels and bearings do I need?
A. Wheel size and bearing quality will vary from model to
model but should not influence your purchase since they can be upgraded in the
Q. Why do
some InLine skates look so different?
A. InLine skates vary in style for different
applications. Recreational skates are the most popular but there are also
aggressive skates, racing skates, hockey skates and figure skates.
do you teach?
A. We hold classes at several outdoor venues and recreation
centers in San Diego County. Any large paved area which has a smooth,
flat, clean surface is a suitable venue for InLine skating lessons. We
also provide lessons at indoor roller-skating rinks at an additional cost.
Q. As a
new recreational skater, what can I expect to learn?
A. The three fundamentals of InLine Skating consist of
Stroking/Striding, Stopping and Turning. Once these techniques have been
properly mastered, a skater can confidently skate almost anywhere.
I take a private lesson or a lesson with some of my friends?
A. Private one on one lessons tend to cover more material
therefore speeding up the learning curve. Students who feel more
comfortable in a group environment are welcome to arrange for a group lesson
with friends or family members.
my lesson, how much do I need to practice?
A. Like any activity, the more you practice the faster you
will learn. It's best to try and practice several times a week after a
lesson to ensure that your leg muscles will adapt to InLine skating and perform
the new skating skills properly.
much are your lessons and what type of payment do you require?
A. Please click Here to see our
lesson prices. Cash or checks are fine but currently we do not accept
credit or debit cards.