Due to the guidelines that are in place for us to run safely, we have decided that at that this point we are not in a position to run any skate lessons at this current time. We will be continually reassessing the situation and will start up again as soon as we feel it is safe to do so. In the mean time you can read about what we (usually) do here below.
If you paid for a course before our closure, we will be in touch again by email shortly.
BYC’s skateboard tuition classes are a safe and friendly introduction to skateboarding for ages 5 – 12.
Here two or more workers will introduce the basics of skateboarding, and work with young people individually and as a group to progress, feel comfortable and learn basic moves. Everybody is encouraged to push themselves, but nobody will be made to try anything they do not want to. Skateboards and safety equipment are provided by us!
Term time courses consist of six weekly one hour lessons, at a set time each week. A new course starts after every school break.
We also run courses through the summer holidays, and occasionally through other breaks as well. Read on to see the schedule…
We are currently not taking any bookings for future courses. Booking will resume when the current situation is clearer.
How Our Schedule Works
- Courses start after every half term break, and become available to book on to through this page usually three weeks beforehand. Information on the next start and booking dates appear here as soon as we’ve confirmed them.
- Places are on a first come first serve basis. We do not take any bookings before they appear online. We do not hold waiting lists.
- Members of the previous course will be given a few days priority booking via email.
On our hugely popular beginners course we take eager learners through the first steps of skateboarding and help them become comfortable and confident. We start at the very beginning with standing and moving, staying safe and correct stance. We will then move along together into using ramps, basic moves and gaining full board control! Beginners lessons are group based, with extra allowance and support always being given to those who feel they want more (or less!) help. There is a maximum of 10 on each course.
In the beginners classes we will always start from the very beginning with each course, due to new members joining us. If there are a large amount who have been before we can do our best to compromise for this, but repeating members may need a little patience at times. Although a bit of refreshing is always good!
- Staying safe and using a skatepark safely
- Correct stance and riding comfortably
- Pushing and turning
- Rolling down and up ramps
- Dropping in
- Basic moves such as rolling off drops, manuals and pumping on ramps
- Turning on ramps
- Introduction to Ollies
- Gaining confidence, challenging yourself and conquering fears
- How to take what you have learned to help you in the future
- There’s always time for a few other bits to throw in
What we expect
- We don’t ask for much, just for your child to want to give it a go. Also to understand that this is a group lesson and we are all learning at once, and to listen and follow instructions even if they’ve heard it before or know it already!
If you feel your child may be well on the way to what is mentioned above you may want to consider the improvers, if in doubt give us a shout.
The improvers class is for young people that already have some experience on a board or have mastered the beginners, and are feeling more confident, starting to learn tricks etc. This usually takes a more individual structure. While the beginners course covers a more limited range, the improvers lets participants learn really anything they want, and ventures into the limitless world that skateboarding is.
- Anything! Skating quickly becomes a very individual activity with people wanting to focus on different tricks and ramps.
- Skaters coming up from the beginners course can practice what they learned and work at doing it independently, as well as moving on to things not covered before.
- Staff will give more focussed time to individuals and small groups throughout the session.
- Being in a more free environment skaters can get comfortable being in an open park and learning more about park etiquette.
What we expect
- Improvers is more about confidence and determination that ability. There is no set level you need to be or test to pass to join, but skaters need to be happy to be able to practice certain things on their own as staff will not be with them the entire time.