About these lessons
Start at the very beginning with our 3 hour Beginners class, designed to make your first skating steps safe and fun. This class is for you if you are a complete beginner who wants to learn all the basics in detail or if you cannot stop on your skates. You will leave with lots of exercises to inform your practice and ensure you continue to progress outside of class. If you are already up and moving and using your heel brake (albeit not very efficiently), you may be better suited to our Improver lesson.
Cost : £45
Location: Albert Memorial – opposite the Albert Hall
Upcoming Beginner Lessons : Online Booking with Credit/Debit Card or PayPalPlease click on the lesson you wish to book below and complete the booking process. There are no upcoming events at this time.
What you will learn in the beginner lesson
The Beginner class starts on the grass where you will learn all the basic positions and go through the safety stuff without your wheels rolling around! You will learn all about your protective gear, how to fall correctly, how to prevent falling and how to skate absolutely right so that falling happens infrequently. Learning to skate should not be ‘trial and error’. It’s all about physics, motion and gravity and we will teach you about it all so that you learn to progress smoothly.
We focus on getting you rolling and teaching you to master the heel brake stop (which isn’t the easiest thing when it’s all new). We will also cover turning so that you’ll be fully manoeverable and able to skate, stop and turn. You will then have everything you need to practice on your own and continue improving after class.
If you are very anxious about skating or very fearful of falling over, we recommend a private lesson for your first time on skates. This will allow you to go at your own pace and fully digest the information being given, while your instructor will continually focus your attention where it is needed, thus reducing the possibility of falling. We teach the same methods in a private or group lesson, the only difference is having an instructor’s eyes only on you rather than shared by a group. Group classes are longer to allow practice time in the class and this is the main advantage of a group class, that after 3 hours most people are really starting to ‘get it’.
After completing our Beginner lesson, most people with some practice then continue to our Improver class.
Do you need some urgent help with your skating? Check out Asha’s free mini tutorials for help with heel braking and skating faster, especially for beginner and improver skaters.
Please note: You will need to bring your own skates, wrist guards and knee pads as these are not supplied by Skatefresh. If you don’t have your own you can rent from a shop close to where we skate for £10 – Click Here for Beginner Lesson Requirements page
What people say about our beginner skating lessons
“Many thanks for the class on Saturday – it was just great. So lovely to be learning something again and she’s such a brilliant teacher – I had a wonderful afternoon and have been boring friends and family about it ever since! I now have the confidence to head out to the park with my 7 yr old, knowing it will be fun and not catastrophic!” (Samantha 42)