Skates and Equipment
You will need to bring the following to all Skatefresh lessons:
1. Skates (either inlines or quads)
2. Wrist Guards
3. Knee Pads
If you do not wear knee and wrist guards you will not be allowed to attend the lesson.
The following are strongly recommended (apart from Street Lesson when helmets are compulsory).
4. Elbow Pads
Note: The only exception is for our Street Skating Lessons where knee, wrist guards and helmets are compulsory.
If you have your own inline skates, please notice what kind of skates they are. If you have fairly cheap (under £50 from new) skates with plastic wheels, you will discover that they are not designed for skating. The wheels do not roll easily and you should test this before bringing these skates to a class. If you spin a wheel with your fingers, it should rotate freely for a few seconds. If it stops quickly then those skates will not roll easily and you cannot learn how to skate. If you have these skates, we recommend that you hire for your first class and then at least you have a back-up. If you come to class in these poor quality skates you will develop at a much slower rate than the others and your instructor will not be able to help you as is intended. Consequently, this could be a frustrating experience.
If you have Quads skates (old style roller skates), they need to have either toe stops or heel stops. We ask all skaters, inliners and quaddies to ensure they have skates with brakes. Learning to stop without brakes on either type of skate is too advanced for the average beginner. We want you to leave the class with a thorough understanding of stopping (using a brake), even if you haven’t yet fully perfected it. This isn’t possible with inline or quads skates without brakes/stoppers.
We strongly recommend the wearing of helmets for all our adult group lessons but the only class for which they are compulsory is the Street Lessons. Cycle helmets are fine or specific skate helmets. Skatefresh instructors wear helmets at all times in class and non-helmeted skaters are usually in the minority.
You will need to wear layers of clothing so that you will be comfortable as you are outdoors and can take things off as you get warmer (layers is the answer). A rucksack for your things is useful. Do bring something to drink and maybe a light snack as you will have a few breaks during the session. At the Hyde Park Boat House location there is a food kiosk nearby selling hot drinks and snacks.
If you need to hire skates for the day in Central London, we recommend Slick Willies at 12 Gloucester Road. If you email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us your shoe size, we can contact them to reserve your skates in advance and speed up the process on the day. They are hiring good quality skates and protective gear this year at £10 for the day. They are 10 mins walk from the Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens where Beginner classes take place and 20 mins walk to the Boathouse for Improver and private lessons.
We regret that there are no places to hire skates in either Brighton or Reading.