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    Default Best place to learn to skate

    guys, i'm 17 and about to go off to college at the end of the summer. i'm a huge hockey fan but don't know how to ice skate!!!! i know its lame. anyways, before i head off to college back east, i want to learn how to skate. i want to learn this summer (starting like early june). anyways, does anyone know a good place to learn in the South Bay? Thanks in advance.
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    I would go to the public sessions at the nearest Ice rink.
    I don't know what your cash flow is, but lessons are a
    big help. Or you can just take the bull by the horns and
    teach yourself. Stay close to the boards until you feel comfortable. You can always grab the boards should you
    start to lose control. Be prepared to fall. If you have elbow
    and knee pads, you should wear them...and gloves too.
    Don't be afraid to ask for tips from other skaters.

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    if you are a decent roller blader ice won't be too hard.

    I would go to a public skating session, that's how I learned.

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    The closest rink to you, because the less you have to drive, the more you'll be willing to practice.

    And to second PassTheDamnPuck, get 2 pairs of volleyball pads (one for elbows, one for knees) plus a cheap pair of hockey gloves. Those will give you all the protection you'll need to be unafraid to fall (so you can try new things).

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    hey i live in the south bay as well

    the best ice is the toyota sports center in gundo, theres also the ice rink in the p.v. mall, theres no hockey and im sure they do lessons, definatly a solid choice to start learning and not get embarrased

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    Quote Originally Posted by imamonsta View Post
    hey i live in the south bay as well

    the best ice is the toyota sports center in gundo, theres also the ice rink in the p.v. mall, theres no hockey and im sure they do lessons, definatly a solid choice to start learning and not get embarrased
    i was thinking about the pv mall rink. my brother used to work there. i think he coached hockey for the little kids.
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    Take skating lessons. With the figure skaters if a hockey specific class isn't available.

    If you are proficient on stopping on all 4 sides of your skate, you may want to try the Robby Glantz or Laura Stamm classes. I did the Robby Glantz and am pleased with all that was taught.

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    Just for your own info, learning to skate from the ground up will take a LONG time. It depends on how hard you work and how dedicated you are to learning to skate the RIGHT WAY.
    If you treat skating like an old patio you work on 2 weekends out of the month, you'll never learn. If you skate everyday or every other day to learn to stay on your two feet, turn and stop should only take a couple of months to get down the basics. Anything after that depends on your balance, coordination, and athletic skills. It's really impossible to gauge how long it would take someone to master true hockey skating.

    I don't remember how long it took me to learn, but I know it was a number of years before I was truly able to cut the ice with the best of 'em. Of course, it took me a long time because I wanted to play hockey.

    My advice to you is to work hard and not be afraid of anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nayagamj View Post
    i was thinking about the pv mall rink. my brother used to work there. i think he coached hockey for the little kids.
    i think thats your best option

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