Roller skating lessons are run in blocks of 6 weeks and there are currently 3 levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced as well as an adult only class.
As a beginner, you will learn how to skate along (Stride 1) and glide, how to turn (A frame) and stop (Snowplough) and will feel a lot more confident on skates by the end.
An intermediate skater can also learn more impressive looking ways to stop (Spin Stop), how to corner more sharply (Parallel turns) and start doing some ‘freestyle skating’ around cones (Lemons). You will learn a better, faster way to skate forwards (Stride 2) and make a start on skating and stopping backwards.
At advanced level, you will learn how to skate fast around curves backwards and forwards (Crossovers), turning from backwards to forwards (Mohawks), gliding and stopping on 2 wheels (Heel stop 2), another turn (Lunge turn), jumping, Slalom, an impressive backwards stop (Backwards powerslide) and some harder freestyle skating around cones (Backwards Lemons, Forwards and Backwards Snake, Criss Cross).
These are aimed at people who would rather learn to skate without children around and are initially aimed at beginners. The class will take it slow and will be taught by Rachel. Note that adults can also take part in any other class with or without their children.
And this is what we’d love to do – can you see yourself here one day?
Or maybe showing off in the park?
About the Lessons
Whether you haven’t been on skates before, or if you are self taught but want to learn some new skills, this is for you. If you’ve seen people doing fancy looking things and want to give them a try, then come along and learn.
Please note that we will be teaching people wearing inline skates – the ones with wheels down the middle. This is no harder than quad skates if you take it slowly and get the technique right, and once you have got going inline skates are faster and more manoeuvrable.
We will be playing games at all levels, to help you learn your new skills. There are 2 coaches, Rachel and Davy Gibbons, in every lesson to make sure everyone gets enough attention. Lessons are for adults and children and are great to come to with your kids – why sit and watch?
Skating Lesson Times
There is a skating skills session in the Christmas Holiday – Weds 3rd January 11:30-1:30. This can be a taster to see if you’d like lessons or as a one-off to learn new skills, or if you are already having lessons, to have some extra fun in the holiday. All levels taken as we have 2 coaches.
The next blocks start after the Christmas Holiday:
- Beginner lessons: 9:15-10:15am Saturdays (starting 6th January)
- Intermediate lessons: 6-7pm Sundays (starting 7th January)
- Advanced lessons: 10:30-11:30am Saturdays (starting 6th January)
- Adult only lessons: 8:15-9:15pm Thursdays (starting 11th January)
Booking a Skating Lesson
There is a strict limit of 15 skaters in a lesson (7 for adults as only one coach) and we can only take bookings for the full block – 6 lessons for £20. You will make the best progress if you come to a whole block of lessons as each skill builds on the ones before and it’s harder if you miss things out. Lessons are for adults or children and anyone aged 5 or over is welcome. To book lessons, text or phone Rachel on 0794 7991727 or ask at reception during skating sessions on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday. If you want to join in part way through a block, please contact Rachel to see if there are any places.
Taster Sessions / Skating Skills
If you want to try out skating lessons before committing to a full block, there will be taster skating sessions in most holidays. Usually we run combined beginner and skating skills lessons from 11:30-1:30. Rachel teaches beginners and Davy does more exciting things with skaters who can already skate and want to learn new skills. We ask people to bring a pack up as this session is over dinner time.
Again, contact Rachel to book. If you have questions please call / text Rachel on 0794 7991727 or email [email protected]
There is no need to buy your own skates to come to lessons as there is a wide selection at Penistone Leisure Centre. We have sizes from junior 8 to adult 14 that you can borrow as part of the lesson price. However, if you wish to buy some we recommend you come along and try on lots of our pairs to see what suits the shape of your feet. Some brands fit wide, some narrow, some support ankles more or less and some people prefer rigid plastic while other like softer boots. At the very least, please read our Skate Guide and buy a brand with rubber wheels as it will make skating much, much easier. If you contact Rachel as above, she can arrange a time during a public skating session to meet you and help you to try on different skates.