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