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Safety First: wear a helmet, gloves and wrist guards until you can skate on one foot backwards with ease. 

Go to the rink's public/open skating sessions and skate. 

Start near the wall, you can hold on with one hand, but hold the other arm up for balance.  Face the direction you want to skate.

Use small marching steps - don't try to walk.
Bend and lift your knees to march, putting the foot back down next to the other.  Don't put it down in front - this is not walking, it's skating.

If you get wobbly, don't grab the wall, instead: bend your knees, keep your weight over both feet and feet pointed straight ahead (and parallel to each other/wall.)
You can put your hands on your thighs to get your balance back - just let yourself glide to a stop.

Once you feel comfortable marching along the wall, take a step to the left and march without touching the wall.  Add a short two-footed glide in that semi-sitting position.
Practice that over and over until you're in control. 

I personally think adult skaters should be able to march and glide before they start lessons. 

Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: Ice Rinks In Flordia
« Last post by davincisop on Today at 11:09:12 AM »
That's a broad question.

Where in Florida?

RDV Ice Den - Orlando
Ice Factory of Central Florida - Kissimmee
Space Coast Ice Plex - Melbourne
Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex - Daytona
Panthers Ice Den - Coral Springs (near Ft. Lauderdale)
Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex - Ellenton Florida
Daytona Ice Arena - Daytona Beach
Ice Sports Forum - Tampa

There are more but I've never skated at them.

I skate primarily at RDV which has a decent amount of adults. I've heard Ellenton does as well, and the rink in Tampa, but I don't know which one because there are three in that area.
The Pro Shop / Re: Flat spot instead of spinning rocker?
« Last post by FigureSpins on January 18, 2018, 04:08:16 PM »
When a skater wears a boot that is too long, the rocker is mounted too far forward, usually under the toes unless the skater has a gap at the heel.  That usually results in the skater tripping/dragging the toepick and spinning either on the flat area behind the rocker if they balance the ball of their foot, or on the toepick because finding the sweet spot under your toes is almost impossible.  If you re-read the original post, that's exactly what's happening.

Get boots that fit with blades that are the right size.  You may not be able to move the blades to the new boots because they may not fit properly.
The Pro Shop / Re: Flat spot instead of spinning rocker?
« Last post by Bill_S on January 18, 2018, 03:36:08 PM »
Seeing the pictures using reflected light, I'd now wager that your blades are probably OK. That doesn't look bad at all - not nearly as bad as I previously imagined it. I thought that maybe you had a couple of inches that were flat which would have been troublesome.

So your first priority is to get boots that fit. If your feet are sliding in them, that's way too much room inside.

BTW, spins are hard to do. It will take some serious time to learn them well. Nick is right.
The Pro Shop / Re: Flat spot instead of spinning rocker?
« Last post by SinusPi on January 18, 2018, 03:18:57 PM »
Perhaps it would, but the flatness is actually quite indistinct - without a curvature guide to put against the blade, it wouldn't be visible at all. Normally I wouldn't have noticed, but someone somewhere suggested that every fraction of a millimeter counts, so I went into paranoia mode. :>
The Pro Shop / Re: Figure Skating Blade Reference - Archives
« Last post by FigureSpins on January 18, 2018, 02:48:25 PM »
I know there are some dead links in this topic, but I came across this nice web page about common issues in figure skate blade sharpening.
The Pro Shop / Re: Flat spot instead of spinning rocker?
« Last post by FigureSpins on January 18, 2018, 02:47:23 PM »
If you know the boots are too big and the rocker's too flat, replace the skates.  (Just fyi: a side photo of the blades, showing the profile contours, would be easier to view.)
The Pro Shop / Re: Flat spot instead of spinning rocker?
« Last post by SinusPi on January 18, 2018, 02:32:30 PM »
There we go, pictures of light shone on the blade. Front part is more curved, hence the narrow reflection. Back part is flatter, hence a wider reflection. I don't suppose the rocker area should have an even wider reflection, now should it..?
Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Ice Rinks In Flordia
« Last post by rmhiller on January 18, 2018, 11:29:25 AM »
I will be staying in Flordia next winter and I was wondering where are the rinks that adults skate at?

I enjoyed skating with adults and I hope I can get some great places to go.


Robin Hiller
The Pro Shop / Re: Flat spot instead of spinning rocker?
« Last post by nicklaszlo on January 18, 2018, 03:05:46 AM »
1.  If you have been skating for one year, it is no surprise your spinning is abysmal.  Spinning is much harder than it looks.

2.  Ask your local coaches who they use for sharpening.  Just because someone works in a skate shop does not mean they are a competent sharpener.

3.  Post a picture of the blades.  We cannot tell you who did the damage, but we might be able to tell tell you if they need replacement or can be fixed.

4.  If your heal is sliding in the boot, this is likely to cause injury.  Get better boots.
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