Saturday 1st June, 11am – 2pm
Saturday 15th June, 11am – 2pm
Saturday 29th June, 11am – 2pm
Tuesday 2nd July AND Tuesday 9th July (you MUST do both), 7pm – 8.30pm
Saturdays at Serpentine Road East, Hyde Park
Mid-week at Victoria Park, North London
Places are limited so please book in advance by completing the booking form at the bottom of this page telling us your name and phone number and the course date you would like to attend.
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 and if you cannot stop on 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 class.
Mid-week Beginner class In 2013 Skatefresh will be offering mid-week Beginner classes in June or July. These will be held at Victoria Park, an ideal location for beginners, on smooth, flat and quiet courts, away from the crowds, traffic and bustle of Hyde Park.
What you will learn
The Beginners 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 rarely happens. 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 manoeuverable 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, so highly reducing the possibility of falling. We teach the same methods within a private and group class, 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’s class, most people with some practice then continue to our Improver class. Once you are a repeat customer with Skatefresh you pay a cheaper price for each class (£40 instead of £45 for the 3 hour workshops, for example).
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
Once you have completed our Improver class, you will be ready to join Asha for the Improver/Intermediate One Day Intensive.