FAQS

Everything You Need to Know Before Booking

Here’s some useful information before you book your lesson.
If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us, we’d be happy to help.

In your first lesson as a beginner Skateboarder, your instructor will take you through every aspect of finding your stance, learning about your board and safety, learning how to step on and off a board, pushing and turning.

If there are specific skills, aspects and techniques you would like to focus on in your lesson, please let your instructor know as they are always happy help.

Our beginner’s level plan is a step-by-step guide to your lessons and allows for learning street skateboarding, skatepark or both, helping to build skills, balance and confidence at your own pace, while choosing exactly what you want to learn.

Level 1

  • Introduction to skateboarding, equipment and safety
  • Stances, stepping on and off the board
  • Pushing and riding
  • Kick turning and carving

Level 2

  • Pop the board into your hands, cavemaning
  • Improved stationary kick turns, 180 kick turns
  • Improved carving and avoiding obstacles
  • Basic balance tricks
  • Riding off curbs
  • Stopping at speed

Level 3

  • Getting up and dropping off curbs
  • Advanced balance tricks
  • Fakie 180 kick turns, introduction to reverts
  • Rolling up/down quarter pipes and banks
  • Rolling down small banks
  • Fakie 180 kick turns on flatground

Level 4

  • Learning to use reverts to avoid obstacles
  • Improving reverts and increasing speed
  • Introduction to stationary Pop-Shuvits
  • Kick turns on ramps
  • Riding down bigger ramps
  • Basic balance tricks on banks

Level 5

  • Introduction to power slides
  • Stationary Pop-Shuvits
  • Introduction to Ollies
  • Dropping in on various ramps
  • Introduction to intermediate ramp tricks

Level 6

  • Improving power slides
  • Improving Ollies (stationary/moving)
  • Improved Pop-Shuvits (stationary/moving)
  • Rock to Fakies and Axle Stalls
  • Basic grab tricks

Although it looks quite intimidating at first when you see someone fly past you; it is not as hard as it looks. It’s the simple things like learning to step on and off the board safely, basic foot position and posture that makes a big difference. Like everything else, it is only hard if you do not know how to do it. You are never too clumsy or too unconfident. We guarantee to get you skating, build your confidence and most importantly make sure you have a lot of fun.

Be honest about your abilities. Do not attempt techniques that are too advanced for you, or that you have not been shown. This may well save you some embarrassment as well as an injury.

When you Skateboard, you learn how to avoid falling and gain the ability to recover from slips, trips and stumbles. This will help you prevent future injuries and is a valuable tool to have in life too.

Lessons are available seven days a week, each day from 8am to 9pm.
The shortest lesson time available is one hour.

When you have booked your lesson, you will receive a lesson confirmation email with all the details you need. This will include your instructors name and phone number for the day, the equipment you have requested, the time of your lesson and meeting location.Once at the meeting location your instructor should be easy to spot as they will be wearing one a clearing marked instructor t-shirt, hoodie or jacket as shown below. If you cannot see your instructor, please do give them a call.

Yes. We can even set you up with a weekly regular time with your favourite instructor.

We teach all ages and all levels. You can start from as young as 3 years, and you are never too old to pick up a skateboard for the first time.

Our private lessons allow you to move at your own pace, and learn exactly what you want.

Simply having confidence is one of the biggest challenges of skateboarding. But with step by step advice, and exercises to practise outside of lessons, a lack of confidence is easily overcome.

Whether you are a complete beginner, or already doing tricks and skating the ramps, our expert instructors are here to help you progress quickly and keep you safe.

At the time of booking your lesson you will receive a lesson confirmation message including your instructors name and contact details for the day. If you are running late, please inform your instructor accordingly. Your instructor may or may not be able to run over the designated time you have booked.

Don’t worry, you can either move to your nearest sheltered location or contact us up to 48 hours before your lesson to reschedule.

No. For the safety of our instructors we do not take any cash payments.

You must give at least 48 hours notice if you wish to cancel or re-arrange a booked lesson. Failure to do so will result in your instructor charging you the full amount for that lesson.

No problem! We can provide helmets, skateboards and pads, free of charge.

If you are not sure if you have the right kit, you can ask your instructor’s advice on your lesson or see our advice page. We can also bring a full set of equipment for you just in case, free of charge.

You can find advice on practicing skateboarding on our Advice page and, if you’re looking for skateparks in London, you can find a comprehensive and searchable guide at SkateLDN.

FAQS

For Parents

When you book your lesson, you will be required to enter the name and phone number of the person that is dropping your child off, and the person that is picking your child up.

Once you have booked your lesson, you will receive a lesson confirmation email including your instructor’s names and the meeting location for the lesson.

Once you have booked your lesson, you will receive a lesson confirmation email with your instructor’s name and phone number for the day, the equipment you have requested, the time of your lesson and meeting location.

Once at the meeting location your instructors should be easy to spot as they will be wearing one a clearing marked instructor t-shirt, hoodie or jacket as shown below. If you cannot see your instructor, please do give them a call.

Once you have arrived at the lesson location, you very welcome to stay and watch the lesson. Or you can leave your child with your instructor and have a bit of ‘me time’.

All Skates & Ladders instructors are very experienced teaching aspiring skateboarders with learning difficulties. The most important thing is simply just to let us know.

When you book your lesson, you will be able to note any information that would be helpful to your instructor when teaching your child. We want everyone to have fun and learn in a way that best suits them.

Absolutely! The world needs more skateboarding mums and dads! Just book your lesson at the same time as your child’s and you’ll be rolling together in the same session. We can even provide all the kit if you need it.

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Terms and Conditions

By taking part in a Skates & Ladders lesson you are agreeing to the following:

We take your safety seriously and take every precaution to ensure the safety and well-being of our students.

We want our clients to have fun and feel comfortable during their lessons, and strongly advise all students wear full safety equipment, including: helmet, elbow pads and knee pads at all times during our lessons.

If you do not have safety equipment, we can provide a full set of safety equipment free of charge.

Skates & Ladders Limited will not accept any liability for any incidents or injuries you encounter during your lesson or when practising the techniques taught during your lesson, nor are we required to provide any form of compensation.

You take part in our lessons at your own risk and therefore accept full responsibility for any injuries sustained during the lesson.

All payment must be received prior to lessons; we cannot send out an instructor if payment has not been received.

Customers have the option to rearrange their lesson if they let us know with 48 hours’ notice.

Cancellations with less than 48 hours’ notice will result in the customer being charged the full amount for that lesson and the instructor being paid in full.

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