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Learn to Figure Skate: The Do’s and Don’ts of Skating on Ice

Ice skating requires a certain degree of dedication and the drive to succeed, even if you’re only an amateur. To be really good, you have to know which things you need to do and those that you don’t. You do need to really want it to succeed; you don’t need to be lazy and lose focus if you want to become better in the sport.

If you want to get into this activity, here’s what you need to have or do.

DON’T forget to tie up your skates well

It’s a rookie mistake—forgetting to tie your skate’s laces up well is like forgetting to account for injuries and different problems. Loosely tied skates may give your feet blisters. There’s another reason for tying them up well too; they prevent the cold from coming into your feet and give you frostbite. If you don’t tie your skates up very well, you could see yourself in the hospital soon.

DON’T skate without due diligence

When you’re skating on ice, it’s nice to have a smooth, even surface to work with. This is already assured if you’re skating on an artificial rink. But during the winter, there are plenty of lakes and rivers for you to skate on. You have to know what conditions these lake and river rinks are in before you even try to skate on them. That’s only natural, if you want to skate without problems.

DO get a sturdy helmet

When you’re skating, and as a beginner, you tend to fall, and fall down hard. If you want to keep your limbs—and especially your head—intact, wear safety gear. These safety gears include helmets, arm and leg pads, as well as good skates. Having these helps keep you at ease. If you fall, you can fall as much as you want without the risk of injury in your head.

DO know where the cracks are

On uneven, temporary ice lakes and rivers, you’re bound to run into different features brought upon by the environment. Since there is no one managing the ice on these, you contend with ice cracks, uneven surfaces, and other features you have no idea of. You have to be extra careful if you’re skating on ice. This gives you the added benefit of avoiding accidents.

DO know how to stop

As a kid and a beginner, you get to practice stopping and other techniques on the ice. When you’ve got these under your belt you don’t get any problems. The problem here is when you’re a skater learning your stuff at an already older age. You need to practice how to stop if you want to enjoy.

Keeping yourself safe is the most important thing when you’re on ice. Watch how you skate most especially; once you get the hang of skating, you’re going to enjoygetting better.