Frequently asked questions
Do you teach adults as well as children?
How many lessons does my child / family need?
It really depends – how long is a piece of string! Children tend to learn faster than adults. Likewise, adults and children who already have good balance and coordination through other activities such as ice skating, skiing, dancing or even a martial arts will progress more quickly than people without those skills. Usually 3 to 4 lessons is enought for your child to learn to ballance, get going, stop and turn.
When learning to skate, almost everyone is surprised by how much progress they make in the beginning. You will learn rollerblading more intensively in a private lesson than in a group – private lessons are tailored to your individual needs, whereas the pace in a group session is set by the average level of all the students so that no one is left behind.
It is also important to try and practice between classes. If you are unsure, we can have an assessment lesson where you will receive feedback and we can discuss your goals for you and/or your child and plan how we can best achieve those goals together.
What protective equipment should my child and I wear?
Children must wear wrist, knee and elbow pads as well as a helmet.
It is recommended for the younger children to also get crash bum pads. These are usually sold as Snowboard crash pads.
Adults are required to wear wrist and knee pads, and I recommend that you wear elbow pads and a helmet as well for your own protection – please see my terms and conditions.
You can also seek advice from a qualified salesperson at a professional skate shop when choosing all protective equipment. They will be more than happy to talk you through the benefits of the different brands and equipment available.
What skates should my children wear?
Invest in a good pair of skates. For more advice
s ask a qualified salesperson at a professional skate shop.
Parent or guardian: Can I stay and watch the lesson?
Yes please do! I do not teach children without the permanent presence of a parent or legal guardian
What if it rains?
There are two issues with rain:
1) The level of friction of the wheels on the floor can be reduced
2) It isn't very nice to be under the rain.
The surface at the Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens doesn't get very slippery. I am fairly happy to teach in the rain so long as your child and you are happy to do so.
We can also use a different location in case of rain. It is Outdoor but covered from the rain. Meeting place is Royal Oak tube station