Roller and In-Line Skating

Introduction

You must refer to the Requirements for All Sport and Physical Activity to understand your overall compliance responsibilities.

Where considered appropriate, for example inclusion in a school sport program, parents or caregivers must be informed of full details of the location, supervision to be provided and activities to be undertaken when seeking their written permission. For outdoor locations, students are to be instructed to use adequate sun protection, e.g. an SPF50+, broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen reapplied regularly.

Teacher/Instructor Qualifications and Experience

The teacher/instructor must have appropriate expertise and or training in the teaching/instruction of Roller and In-Line Skating. 

A teacher must be present who has current training in emergency care.

Supervision

Principals and organising teachers should take into account such factors as age, abilities, experience and maturity of the students and experience of adult supervisors when arranging supervision. A minimum teacher:student ratio of 1:20 applies.

Where an adult other than a teacher is engaged to provide instruction, a teacher must be present to take overall responsibility.

Equipment

Students must wear wrist and knee guards for all types of roller and in-line skating.

Helmets of a Standards Australia approved design must be worn by students when involved in speed skating, jump events, ramp and “street” skating and games such as roller hockey. Helmets specifically designed for in-line and roller skating and skateboarding are available at retail outlets. Cycling helmets are suitable.

Students should wear clothing that protects the arms and legs. Each student must have a pair of roller/in-line skates that fit properly and are in good repair.

A well-equipped medical kit must be readily available.

Venues

If a recognised skating rink is used, students are to be instructed to follow all rules displayed by the management.

The surface of a venue at a school must be large, smooth, solid and clear of all debris. The skating area must be well defined and sufficiently large to safely accommodate the number of skaters. The immediate surrounds of the defined skating area must have a space clear of any objects and obstacles e.g. equipment, seating.

Schools using an indoor facility must ensure that the defined skating area is well clear of walls and ceiling support structures.

Safety

The following safety strategies must be employed:

  • An area for beginner skaters must be defined.
  • Ensure skating area is clear of obstacles which may present a danger to participants.
  • Instruct students to enter the skating area slowly and carefully by yielding right of way to the skaters already in the skating area.
  • Ensure students skate in the same direction as the flow of traffic.
  • Forbid behaviour which could cause interference to other skaters or cause them to fall.
  • Permit fast skating only at specified times for students with the appropriate skill level.

Program

Skill development must be progressive and sequential. Inexperienced students should be instructed in proper stance, balance, falling forward, still position, the forward glide, basic turning and braking. The desire to provide challenging experiences must be balanced with a knowledgeable approach to safety education and safe practice.