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5 Roller Skating Etiquette Tips

So you're planning a trip to a public skating session and not quite sure what to expect? If you've never skated at a public session before it can be quite a daunting prospect, especially if you are new to skating.

But whether you are new to skating or are an experienced skater, there are several rules that you should know to keep you and your fellow skaters safe and ensure that everyone has a great time.

DO: Skate in the right direction

Skaters usually move around the rink in an anti-clockwise direction. This is the standard at most roller skating rinks and sessions. Slower skaters should skate on the right, towards the edge of the rink and anyone who wants to go a bit faster should move to the left and skate closer to the centre of the rink.

DO: Watch out for beginners

A public skating session can be a fun place for everyone, from the youngest skater getting used to their first pair of wheels to the seasoned skating pro. But in order for this to work, everyone must be considerate of skaters with other skill levels. Don’t weave around slower skaters, as this may startle them and cause them to fall, which doesn't end well for anyone.

DO: Read the rules

While there are standard skating etiquette rules, every skating session will have their own set of rules which should be on display to help every skater have an awesome (and safe) time. If you have any questions about the rules and guidelines of the session you are attending, don’t be afraid to ask.

DON’T: Skate in the opposite direction or cut across the rink

Unless a change of skate direction is announced, skaters should continue to move around the rink in an anti-clockwise direction. It’s important for everyone to skate in the same direction and this includes cutting across the rink. A skater travelling the opposite way or cutting across the rink to reach the exit for example, can cause collisions, falls, and many near misses. If you want to leave the rink continue to skate around the rink until you reach the exit.

DON’T: Leave your laces too loose

Loose skate laces and spinning wheels are not a good combination. Always ensure that your laces are tied properly so that they don't come undone and cause yourself or your fellow skaters to trip and fall. Tie them carefully to ensure that they will stay put for the entire session and that there are no long ends hanging out.

Here are Cardiff Skate School we know that rules are a bit of a bore and we don't like imposing too many rules either but the rules that we do have on display at all our sessions are the essential rules that must be adhered to and are there for your safety and the safety of those skating with you. Happy Skating!

Cardiff Skate Schools public sessions run every Friday evening 7pm at the Cardiff Roller Rink at the House of Sport for more information visit

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