As a sports enthusiast, a visit to a foreign country can only be enhanced when you learn and actively participate in some of the traditional sports of that country. If you are visiting Holland, you should not miss out on the opportunity to learn speed skating. This sport is extremely popular, and the best place to learn more about it is in Amsterdam city.
There are different types of speed skating such as inline speed skating, marathon speed skating, short track speed skating, and long track speed skating. People who try to speed skate for the first time might find it difficult to maintain their balance because of the inline nature of the wheels. Actually, it is not that difficult to stand on inline skates. The reason is that there is adequate ankle support provided by the skate boots. In fact, it is easier to skate on the pavement using inline skates than with traditional roller skates.
Before you start learning speed skating, you need to equip yourself with protective gear such as a helmet, elbow pads, knee pads, and wrist guards. Now that you are ready to learn speed skating, it is time to find a professional instructor.
While lessons are not that expensive, you can reduce the cost by engaging in group lessons. Generally, the cost of the lessons is inclusive of protective equipment and the skates. When seeking an instructor, ensure that he or she has a valid certificate issued by the IISA (International Inline Skating Association). You can find contact information about these trainers from the shop from where you are purchasing your skates.
There are a number of things to learn in speed skating. They include how to put on your protective gear properly, how to move while skating, how to stop, and how to fall safely.
It is recommended that you practice in open areas before you try speed skating in public arenas. Practice makes perfect; and the more you practice the better your speed skating skills will become.
There are many speed skating rinks in Amsterdam, and some of them include Museumplien, Leidseplein, Beursplein, Westergasfabriek, and Wittenburgerplien. You should also check out the excellent Jaap Eden Baan’s outdoor rink.