If you live in Canada and don't know how to skate you're looked upon by your friends, family members and pretty much everyone else who knows how to skate as kind of odd. It's not that they're judging you, well some might. It's just that hockey and skating are as much a part of the Canadian culture as the Canadian flag that is glued to the front window of your home. To them, not knowing how to skate makes you seem less Canadian. If you are lucky enough to have a best friend who knows how to skate, ice or roller, and they are willing to take the time out of their busy schedule, you should take them up on their offer.

Their ability to know how to actually skate is a big plus. It's the one thing they have that you want. You might have to be willing to endure some innocent teasing by them about your lack of skating abilities though. You might also have to put up with them pushing you around the ice and knocking you down a few times. Don't be scared though. They have to do that in order to get your feet used to being in skates on the ice. They'll knock you down, maybe even laugh at you falling down so many times, but they'll always help you up. It's what friends do. So, call up your best friend up, ask them to teach you how to skate.

If they're too busy to help you learn to skate, there are skating programs you can sign up for. Or get your parents to sign you up for. You don't want to go your whole life not knowing how to skate so get your mom or dad to sign you up for a skating program. There are plenty of skating programs in your area you can sign up for. Not only will you get to learn how to skate but you also get some fresh air.

Many thanks to Durham Workforce Authority

Skating programs vary and the one you sign up for will depend on your level of skating abilities. If you've never skated before you're going to want to sign up for a beginner's class. The instructor will work with you one on one and as part of a group. They'll teach you all the basics about skating and what techniques you will need to be able to skate on your own.

The goal of taking a skating class is to be able to skate, on your own, without the aid of an instructor's hand or having to hold on to the railing. So, what are you waiting for?

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