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Have the instructor's full attention for the duration of the lesson. The lesson is tailored to suit the skater's own ability level and progresses at a comfortable pace keeping in mind the anxieties and concerns the new skater anticipates. Try a lesson, see how you get on. Lessons are available all year round.

A lesson lasts a skating hour, please allow extra time for fitting skates & pads.


Number of Skaters 1 Skater 2 Skaters 3 Skaters
One Hour Lesson for Adults  £30  £40  £45
Optional Extras
Add Skate/Pad Hire  £5  £10  £15
Add extra skating time, per ½ hour  £5  £8  £10
Add Indoor Hall, per hour (Glasgow & Ayr available)   £15  £15  £15
Buy a skate helmet at the lesson   £20    
Buy a new pad set at the lesson  £25    

Your Safety

Skate pads are supplied with hire skates, they must be worn throughout the lesson. A helmet is compulsory for skate lessons. TrySkating does not approve the practice of hiring helmets. The helmet is too important to be 'hired.'  Each skater should have their own helmet or buy a new one. The helmet has to be the correct size and fit properly after adjustment.  It doesn't have to be a skate helmet a cycle helmet is perfectly satisfactory for recreational skating.


Glasgow Outdoor Lessons held at Bellahouston Park or Glasgow Green. A private lesson can be taken any time morning, noon or night (within reason) seven days a week, all year round by arrangement.  Outdoor lessons are subject to weather conditions. We don't skate in rain or high winds.

Ayr Outdoor Lessons held at the promenade. 

Indoor lessons are recommended to avoid inclement weather, they are available in Glasgow and Ayr. Indoor skating is most beneficial to beginners because the smooth floor allows you to concentrate on new skills rather than having to worry about outdoor surfaces.

How Long

A skate lesson lasts a skating hour. Some skaters find this too short and will make better progress in an hour and a half.  

Two (half day) and four (a full day) hour lessons can be taken with appropriate breaks. Longer lessons cover more skills but are only advised if you are reasonably fit with some other form of exercise. New skaters find the concentration level during a long lesson quite demanding. 

Alternatively you may prefer to book a block of lessons, see Don's Super 'Learn to Skate' deal.



Based in Glasgow, Scotland, Allan McDade is a Level 1 ICP (Inline Certification Programme) Instructor, a Level 1 Instructor with Skate IA (Skate Instructor Association) and in November  2018 qualified as a Level 1 & Level 2 Certified Coach with the BRSF (British Roller Sports Federation), also completing the Educare Certification Programme, and has an Enhanced Disclosure Certifiate as a Child Workforce Sports Coach.

An all-round skater, Allan is a regular participant in Roller Hockey, does a little Freestyle skating, some indoor speed skating and is currently the record holder of the Arc Sports Hall, Lap Ladder challenge. Allan is also a partcipant in roller marathons, e.g. The Berlin Inline Marathon. Allan also organises the Scotia Skaters' speed skating group practices at The Bellahouston Track durng the summer months.

Allan's recent qualifications mean he is completely up-to-date with the very latest coaching programmes and teaching methods, so is the ideal person to get you started skating or to help you improve your skills. Allan is available for private skating lessons and teaches new skaters most weekends as part of the TrySkating. com events in Glasgow and also assists at some of their skating events.



Don Morton is a certified inline-skate instructor. Don has been helping skaters learn the best method of skating safely since 2004. Over the years many skaters, from all walks of life, have taken lessons. It's the best way to start if you're worried about falling, stopping or simply want advice about which skate to buy. Get that wrong and you're off to a bad start. Age limit, 8 years to 80 years, you're never too old to learn, it just takes a wee bit longer and a bit more practise.

If this is your first time on skates here's Don's Ten Tips to help you get you started.

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