Have you ever wanted to learn to skate? It’s not just for kids! Skateboarding is an activity that’s heaps of fun and an awesome workout, plus you’ll meet lots of other women of all ages who are giving it a go as well. It’s not about who can do the best tricks – skating is all about getting out there and having a good time.

On this page we look at:

  • This Girl Can Ambassador Katherine’s story about finally trying skateboarding and loving the adrenaline she gets from it
  • Tips to learn how to skateboard in Melbourne and regional Victoria
  • Finding a women’s skateboarding group near you

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Katherine may take the occasional tumble, but that hasn’t stopped her yet

Katherine has always been a huge fan of skateboarding, but after falling off the first board she stood on, she stuck to spectating and video games. Being more creative than sporty growing up, it wasn’t until her brother gifted her a skateboard in her early twenties, that Katherine really gave it a go. “It’s an adrenaline rush, I just enjoy it – and that’s coming from someone who’s really bad at it.”

Learn how to skateboard for women

Skateboarding is an activity for everyone. You can learn to skateboard at any age, all that matters is you’re willing to have a try.there are  skateboarding lessons for women out there to get you rolling.

There are a range of skateboarding lessons for women, from beginners classes to more advanced.. You’ll be able to learn the basics, spend plenty of time finding your balance in a safe space, and take your time getting your confidence up. Plus you’ll meet other like-minded women doing the same thing!

All of the equipment in skating classes is usually included, like skateboards, helmets, skate pads and other protective gear. They’ll be able to teach you basics like how to balance on a skateboard, correct skateboard foot placement, and what size skateboard to get for women wanting to take their skills further.

Here are some tips to start learning skateboarding in your area:

  • Skateboarding Victoria is a great place to start to find skating lessons. It also provides information about private coaches and events.
  • Search online to see what’s available near you. Most skateboarding programs and clinics for women are by private organisations, so it’s worth having a look around to see what feels right for you.
  • Ask your local council about programs and what’s on at a skatepark in your area.
  • There are women’s and mum’s skate lessons available in some areas too – check them out online to see what they offer.
  • Finding a women’s skateboarding group near you

One of the best things about learning to skateboard is there’s already a community of women doing exactly the same thing.

Because many others are in the same boat, there are women’s skateboarding groups  you can join that are very supportive, encouraging, and will celebrate your little wins with you.

Have a look online and check out your local council to find a women’s skateboarding group near you.

If you want to learn to skateboard on your own or with a friend, that’s okay too. You’ll get a great workout for your core, improve your balance and get some fresh air. Just remember to keep that protective gear on- falling is part of skateboarding experience!

Connect with other girls learning to skateboard

  • Visit the website mentioned on this page: Skateboarding Victoria
  • Google it! Have a look online for skateboarding clinics and programs for women in your surrounding areas. You might be surprised at what you find.
  • Find a Supporter in your neighbourhood, to see if a women’s skateboarding program has registered online to support This Girl Can – Victoria.
  • Ask other women about skateboarding – chat to your friends, family or colleagues about doing an activity together, or post a question to our Facebook page where there’s a super supportive community of women who can help you out.

Can’t get out right now?

Skateboarding is an activity that you can practice at home. So when you can’t make it out, you can take your board inside (or into the backyard) and have a go at perfecting some of your new skills.

Check out some online videos for tips and tricks to keep your skills moving. If you haven’t been able to join a skateboarding lesson yet, that’s ok too – a first step might be researching classes in your area, and finding a new women’s community.

Learn more about This Girl Can – Victoria and how it’s helping women feel good by getting activity in a way that suits them.

If you feel like trying another activity to see what you enjoy, here are a few ideas to put on your list and have a go at when you’re feeling ready.