Some Frequently Asked Questions...

Not at all. A handful of John’s current students had only been on the ice one or twice before taking up lessons. One had never stepped on the ice at all.

Am I too old or too young to skate?

You’re never too old to learn how to skate. John’s students currently range between the ages of 24 months to 56 years!

Do I need to learn in figure skates? Or can I use hockey skates?

You can learn basic skating skills (forward, backwards and some basic elements) in both figure skates and hockey boots. Some beginner students, however, find that hockey boots reduce their rate of improvement due to the lack of support around the ankle compared to figure skates. So long as figure skates are laced correctly, they will provide more support around the ankle - and should therefore offer more security on the ice. When you are ready to learn more complex turns, figure skates are advisable.

Do I need my own skates?

Learning in hire skates is absolutely fine. However, if you’re serious in considering taking up skating as a hobby, it’s advisable - but by no means essential - to invest in a pair of your own skates.

Does it matter that I’ve never skated or been on the ice before?