Taking skating lessons as an adult can seem unnerving and even a little uncomfortable, but after lacing up your skates and getting onto the rink it can also feel freeing, enjoyable and fun!
We spoke to Learn to Skate participant Karti about her experience with the program.
1. What inspired you to take skating lessons?
About three years ago I was diagnosed with a chronic illness which has put a lot of things into perspective for me. It made me realize that I wanted to focus on the enjoyable aspects of life and not just my career. I made of list of things that I wanted to accomplish and skating was at the top of my list.
I’m currently enrolled in my second class.
2. What has been your favourite Learn to Skate experience so far?
My favourite experience of the class would be the people that I’ve met. My instructor Stephanie has been so welcoming and encouraging. When I first started I was not only nervous but had a fear of falling. But everyone was so friendly and supportive – from Stephanie to the other instructors and individuals learning how to skate. It was also comforting to know that it was people of all ages that were taking the lessons.
3. What has been the best skill you’ve picked up through Learn to Skate?
We go through a number of skills such as bubbles or skating backwards. However my favourite skill that I have learned, which was also a personal goal, would be the “skate board” as Stephanie refers to it. It’s where you push forward and glide on the one skate – I can now glide for almost two to three feet.
4. Do you think you would continue to take classes to strengthen your skating skills?
Definitely – I’m planning to take the next level in February.
5. What would you say to anyone considering skating lessons?
Just do it and don’t hesitate. Life is too short. I’m glad I took the chance and got to meet some amazing people along the way.
Harbourfront Centre’s Learn to Skate programme, generously supported by the RBC Learn to Play, has over 90 classes for people of all ages and abilities, including private or group sessions, all on the scenic Natrel Rink. For more information please click here. Our final session begins February 9.