Hi, I’m Rebecca from Campus & Community Recreation At the University of Alberta Today we’re going to teach you some tips On how to skate. First, your skates need to fit well They should be one size smaller than your shoe size. Loosen your laces all the way to the toe Pull the skate tongue out And put your foot in. The heel should fit snugly And the toes should barely touch the end of the skate. Start tightening your laces from the toe and work up. If you are wearing figure skates Make sure to tighten around each hook And now your ankle should feel nice and snug. As you stand up, and bend your knees You toe should no longer brush up Against the end of the skate. The skate should be comfortable And not too tight or painful. Another important piece of equipment is the helmet. Make sure it fits snugly on your head With the chin strap fitting tightly under the chin. Before going onto the ice Walk around on the plastic or rubber surface Make sure you feel comfortable and balanced. Carefully step onto the ice Bend your knees, put your arms out Carefully march on the spot and in a controlled manner. Once you feel balanced doing this Turn your toes out a little bit And take baby marches forwards. If you’re going to fall, relax your body And take the fall. Bend your knees Put your arms out to the side And slowly push yourself onto your bum. Spin around onto your knees Put one knee up Place both hands on the knee And push as hard as you can to stand up. Once up, bend both knees And place both arms up. Once you get comfortable doing baby steps Try and push and glide. Bend your knees, turn your toes slightly out Put your arms up and lean slightly forward. Push the leg back, and diagonally Then bring your leg back to the starting position. Once you feel comfortable, push a little bit harder And glide a little bit longer. The last tip is about stopping. While skating, bring the feet together Bend the knees and glide And slide the foot out forward and diagonally. You should putting so much pressure down That you are making snow. Those are the basics. Now go have some fun!