SAFETY comes first. Know your limits. Wear proper gear (helmets are mandatory, wristguards, elbow and knee pads, skates that fit).
Skate at your own risk!
No matter what happens, you are personally responsible for everything that you do during a skate. Accidents do happen, and the club highly recommends that you only skate with us if you have your own health insurance. The club is a low-key group of people who skate together and cannot assume liability of any type.
What Level Are the Skates?
All levels! From novice to advanced. If you are unsure whether your skills are sufficient, please speak to a skate leader OR one of the Skate Patrol marshals (in red shirts)
Skates will have a leader who will endeavor not to leave anyone behind. If you feel that you cannot complete a skate, let the leader or sweep know, and ask if you need directions to a metro or bus station.
Beginner Street Skating:
Street Skating requires more skill than trail or parking lot skating. While balance and
steering techniques are essentially the same, skating in city streets
and in potentially dangerous environments requires a higher competency.
Like driving, you must constantly search for hazards and obstacles and
be prepared to react by turning, avoiding, and stopping.
- Can stop quickly on even ground
- Can navigate around pot holes, and over speed bumps
- Can slow or stop on gentle declines
Intermediate Street Skating:
Group skates take place on the streets and trails in and around DC, which can be quite hilly.
- understand hand signals such as such as skating quickly through an intersection where traffic is being held.
- skate in a confined space without spilling beer
- Skate continuously, without stopping to rest for two miles
Even hot-shot speed skaters should take note that urban skating in DC requires certain technical skills:
- can balance, steer, and brake on large downhills
- stop quickly, even from a high velocity
- can hop on or off of a curb while skating
- climb a staircase while on skates
- skate continuously, without stopping to rest for four miles
Bring water or sports drink, energy gels/bars/food, safety equipment, personal identification and money.
Street skates are free... does not include: equipment, travel, insurance, beer, parking tickets, or skin grafting.
Where we meet: