Learning to inline skate will require a safe, obstacle-free training space. An empty parking lot, an unused tennis court, a sidewalk or any flat, smooth piece of pavement with grass (for cushioned falls and stops) beside it will work fine. New inline skaters will need to walk in their skates to begin, and a large grassy area will make a great tryout area before skating on pavement. Beginners should avoid the well-traveled trails and parks until they can maneuver safely.
There is nothing safer than an indoor or outdoor skating center or rink. The surface is usually kept clean and even when they are busy, the traffic flow is controlled and there are usuallu carpeted areas where you can try walking in your inline skates.
Recommendations for Your Inline Skating Environment
- Do not inline skate in darkness. If unavoidable, wear reflective clothing and use a light to illuminate the road and youself.
- Choose locations that are relatively safe with level surfaces like rail-to-trails and rail-with-trails. Avoid uneven surfaces, debris, and unsafe neighborhoods.
- New inline skaters should avoid crowds, traffic, and rough terrain.
- Use extra caution when inline skating in unfamiliar locations or on new surfaces.
- Inexperienced inline skaters should be accompanied by an experienced skater, regardless of the relative safety of the location.
- All skaters should be aware that earphones or any device that restricts hearing or provides entertainment will affect awareness of traffic, pedestrians, or the skating surface while inline skating.
Sign up for training with a certified inline skating instructor, and an appropriate training surface will usually be included as part of your lesson package.