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09-18-2007, 09:16 AM
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Icer
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DO NOT USE DOUBLE BLADED SKATES. They will just have to relearn everything once they switch to a single blade.

I've taught Learn to Skate for years and the best teaching aid you can use is a 5-gallon paint bucket. If you don't have one, you can buy them from Home Depot or Lowes for next to nothing. Turn it upside down and let the kid to push it around the ice. Once they get that down the transition to skating is easy. Most kids switch after 1-2 classes.

One other tip. Learn the phrase BEND YOUR KNEES! Use it often.

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