For as long as there have been skateboards, skateboarders have learned to skate through practice and persistence. Beginners are usually introduced to skateboarding by a friend or relative, and something about rolling around on a board resonates.
In recent years, skateboarding classes have become popular ways of introducing beginners to the activity. What better place to learn how to skate than at the skatepark?
Skateboarding classes provide innumerable benefits.
Skateboarding classes introduce beginners to skateboarding with an emphasis on safety. This helps reduce injuries among those that are most at risk. Beginners are shown how to use helmets and pads, and learn why they’re important. They learn how to fall safely and to approach new tricks in a way that mitigates risk.
Skate classes help Parks Departments remain actively engaged in the facility and with its regular visitors, and can provide a good channel of communication between Parks staff and the broader skating community. Classes help a city remain involved with the ongoing skatepark activities.
Teaching skateboarding is perceived as a noble responsibility by many skaters, and there should be no shortage of volunteers willing to provide this service. Teaching skateboarding to beginners is a terrific way for more experienced skaters to “give back” to the community.
Some parents will feel more comfortable having their child at the skatepark knowing that there is a chaperone nearby. Skateboarding is not like traditional sports — with their coaches, drills, and competitions. These parents are comforted by the presence of a “coach.”
Most skateboarding classes are organized by volunteers and promoted by the local parks department. These classes are typically held at a local, public skatepark. Some classes are conducted at retail skateparks.
Specific instruction for outlining and implementing classes at your skatepark is too complicated to include here. However, there are several organizations that are willing to work with your community. You can find services online that can help you put together skateboarding classes. Drop In To Skateboarding (dropintoskateboarding.com) offers skateboarding instructor accreditation, for example.
Do not rush into skateboarding classes without first consulting those with experience. The specific technical requirements for operating skate classes out of your skatepark should be explored with your city’s assistance.
Skateboarding classes are rapidly gaining ground as a popular way of activating the skatepark. Skateboarding classes fill up quickly and many Parks Departments that offer them enjoy waiting lists. When the educators are volunteers, these classes consistently pay for themselves.