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Beginner's Ice Skating Guide

January 23, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 93

Ice skating is a really fun winter activity for people of all ages. If there is an outdoor rink or frozen lake, it can be a really fun way to get outdoors when you might otherwise stay inside. Whether you want to pick up ice skating yourself or are interested in getting your children started, there is some specific gear you will need to buy first.

Skates The first thing you'll need to buy before heading out on the ice are some ice skates. Before you start looking around for new skates, you'll want to decide what type of skating you or your child wants to do. There is a big difference between hockey skates and figure skating skates. For hockey skates, the blade is curved and has no toe pick. Figure skates are lighter, have a straighter blade and a toe pick that is used to stop on the ice. Before you head out on the ice, remember to try on the skates for fit. They need to be really snug and lace up tightly in order to reduce the risk of injury on the ice.

Safety Equipment For figure skating, there are no required safety pieces needed. However, it is a good idea to wear a pair of wrist guards. When you fall, the first thing you put down are your hands which puts a lot of strain on the wrists. For ice hockey, the safety equipment is much more extensive. You'll need a helmet, safety gloves, padding, guards and more.

Clothing As a beginner ice skater, your clothing should be all about comfort and warmth. If you spend more than a couple hours outdoors skating, your will need to make sure you have enough warm layers to keep you warm and safe. Consider wearing snow clothes with a pair of long johns underneath. Remember to cover every part of your body by wearing a hat, gloves, scarf and more.

Getting Started Once you have the correct equipment and gear, it's time to hit the ice. It doesn't need to cost a lot of money to start skating. Instead, enlist a friend or neighbor who knows how to skate to give you a small lesson with some tips and pointers. Once you have the basics, you'll be able to enjoy the ice on your own and will improve every time you step out on the rink.

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