Learning to Skate

Lynn in­sists people can learn to skate at any age. The bot­tom line is to make it fun.

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Tod­dlers: This is the eas­i­est age to learn, as tod­dlers tend not to be afraid of the ice. Make learning to skate a fam­ily ac­tiv­ity. Keep ice time short, sing songs and play games.

Ele­men­tary-age kids: Kids this age may be more afraid of get­ting hurt, but they love so­cial­iz­ing and learning on the ice, and they want to build on their skills. En­cour­age healthy com­pe­ti­tion, keep feedback pos­i­tive and use mu­sic to help kids ex­press them­selves.

Young adults: “Think­ing out­side the box or rink is es­sen­tial,” Lynn says. En­cour­age pre­teens and teens to bring their off-ice in­ter­ests onto the rink to mo­ti­vate their learning and in­spire their skat­ing. Set re­al­is­tic goals and be pos­i­tive.

Adults: You’re never too old to learn. Just re­mem­ber, when you fall, get back up.

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