If you’ve got a child who wants to learn how to skate but you’re unsure what type of safety gear they will, this safety gear guide will give you a quick outline of where to start with making sure you’ve got the right skating protective gear.
PICKING OUT A HELMETYou want to find a helmet that protects the sides and back of the child’s head (unlike some bike helmets).
A proper fitting skate helmet should rest along the your child’s brow line.
You should look for a high quality skate helmet that holds up to the ASTM Standard (protects against multiple low force impacts) and are also CPSC certified (single high impact)
ELBOW, KNEE PADS, & WRIST GUARDSWhen learning to skate, kids are taught to fall onto and use their elbow and knee pads (instead of using their hands to break their fall).
Look for child size pads that have a contoured form-fitting design which allow for mobility and have a high impact foam.
To protect kid’s wrists until they’ve learned not to catch themselves with their hands when they fall (that’s what the elbow & knee pads are for) have them wear wrist guards.
FLAT SOLE SHOESUnlike running shoes or other rec shoes, flat sole shoe maintain best contact with the board while skating.
Flat sole shoes like the classic Vans enable your child to have a better grip on their skateboard because it allows more of their full foot to stay in contact with the board during their skate(unlike rounded sole gym shoes which only really allow for the ball of the foot and part of heel)
CORRECTLY SIZED SKATEBOARDThe standard skateboard size for adults is 7.5” and there are several smaller sizes available for teens and kids.
It’s important your child’s skateboard is correctly sized because it will allow them to learn proper skate technique, which leads to faster progression & safer skating.
For those with kids under 3’5 ft, you’ll want to find a board with a length between 27.2” - 27.6” and a width between 6.5” - 6.75”;
For kids between 3’5 - 4’4 ft, look for a board with a length of 28” and a width of 7”;
Typically, you purchase the skate deck on it’s own and then need to purchase the wheels, trucks, bearings, & skate tools.