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Learning to rollerblade in Canberra?

By Lola - 22 June 2009 11

Hello all,

Long time lurker and first time poster here…

In my quest for fitness I have decided to give roller blading a go..problem is, where in the Nation’s Capital can I find roller blading group lessons? Nowhere, it seems! 

The skate place in Braddon only does one on one lessons, and they won’t be starting until November.  Both the YMCA and YWCA can’t help..

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks!

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Learning to rollerblade in Canberra?
eyeLikeCarrots 8:34 am 23 Jun 09

jase! said :

well given your user name is a girls name you can skip the hardest part of learning to rollerblade which is telling your parents you are gay.

as for the rest of the lessons I have got no idea.

Jase and I spend alot of time rollerblading… dont we darling ?

P.S. – I stand up to pee

housebound 11:39 pm 22 Jun 09

Wait until Christmas. Go out onto the suburban bike paths and put on your new rollerblades and wait for some 10-year old to zoom past, feel sorry for you, and teach you how to do it.

It worked for us.

The smooth concrete paths on the south side of LBG are a good place, too – between the High Court and NLA.

Felix the Cat 9:37 pm 22 Jun 09

There’s a small group (sometimes only one or two) of people that rollerblade around New Parliament House early on Wednesday mornings (seen them there as early as 6am, maybe even earlier). Don’t know who they are or if they give lessons but maybe you could go there and talk to them and find out.

Grrrr 2:43 pm 22 Jun 09

Find someone who’s a better skater than you and skate with them.. which is pretty much what everyone else said. ^^

deye 2:15 pm 22 Jun 09

Get all the protective gear find a nice clear open space (like the futsal court) and stumble around till you get used to it, then expand to other locations. It’s similar to ice skating so you could try ice skating lessons.
I doubt the rollerderby girls could help as they use skates not blades.
ACT Inline hockey might know someone who conducts lessons http://www.actilha.com.au

Frankly one on one lessons would be better than group lessons if you can hold out till straightlines start again.

ant 2:00 pm 22 Jun 09

That’s a shame about YMCA, years ago when the rollerblading kick started up, they did do lessons at the city premises. It was excellent, learned all kinds of things you wouldn’t pick up on your own. The trainers were ski instructors, so maybe, perhaps, when spring comes they’ll be offering lessons?

example of what we learned: they taught us to get more stability when going over bumps etc, and we tested it by pushing a commercial broom handle under a giant brown doormat in the hall, and blading over that.

Postalgeek 1:44 pm 22 Jun 09

jase! said :

well given your user name is a girls name you can skip the hardest part of learning to rollerblade which is telling your parents you are gay.

as for the rest of the lessons I have got no idea.

Hmmm, sounds like someone is repressed.

Katietonia 1:30 pm 22 Jun 09

Just skate around!

phototext 1:09 pm 22 Jun 09

The folks at Canberra Roller Derby League may have some info.

http://crdl.wikispaces.com/About

Nice folks too.

jase! 11:44 am 22 Jun 09

well given your user name is a girls name you can skip the hardest part of learning to rollerblade which is telling your parents you are gay.

as for the rest of the lessons I have got no idea.

jessieduck 11:15 am 22 Jun 09

Are you sure you need lessons? What about just going with a friend who knows some of the tricks of the trade and just muck about in a quiet car park for an hour or so? Did you do rollerskating as a kid? It’s not much different.

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