FAQ’s

Have questions about Rotorua Roller Skating Club? The answer is probably here so read on. You can also learn more about the club by chatting to other skating parents at club practices. Don’t be shy, say hi!

New to skating

Class is held on Fridays and this class caters for skaters from beginners to the more advanced skater. Skaters are put in small groups and in these groups all work on the same content, suitable to their ability. They will start with very basic then move on to more difficult content. They will also learn show & routine work.

Every skater in our classes learns to perform a group routine; this builds confidence and also team work. It also means that skaters from this class will be confident to be able to take part in our two annual shows.

At the end of each term there is a themed fun skate.

Hire of roller skates are offered as part of the term fee for beginners to wear.

Super Spinners, Spread Eagles & Non Competitive Advanced Fridays 4.45pm to 5.30pm ​ This class is for skaters who are at an Intermediate level. Classes start with a combine drill where skaters get the opportunity to improve their skating skills it is fun and fast paced. Each group works at a different level. They will continue to build on their skating skills and learn more content including footwork, edges, jumps and spins. Skaters will also learn Show and routine work, this builds confidence and also team work. It also means that skaters from this class will be confident to be able to take part in our two annual show. ​ At the end of each term there is a themed fun skate. ​ Hire of Skates is possible but we do encourage skaters to look at purchasing their own artistic skates, as the content they are working on is more advanced than our hire skates are able to perform.
While roller skates are initially available for children to use for badge class, it is expected that if your child wishes to continue through to Intermediate classes and further they will need to purchase their own skates. Good quality artistic skates are needed to perform most jumps and spins and our hire skates are not of that standard. Please don’t hesitate to contact us regarding the type of skates you will need for artistic skating.
They will need to wear suitable sportswear.
Learn to Skate class fees are $85 per term but if paid within the first two weeks of term qualify for a $10 discount. We also have a sibling discount, please ask about this. Payments should be paid too: Rotorua Roller Skating Club,Kiwibank 38 9015 0323823 00. Please reference your child’s name and badge class fees.Fees that are outstanding at the end of term may incur a late penalty.
  • Please make sure all skaters come with socks.
  • No food or drink can be consumed on the rink.
  • Please for safety, supervise your non skating children as they must not run onto the rink while skaters are skating as it can be dangerous.
  • Lynmore school has asked that we do not allow any children to use their gym equipment including the climbing rails.
  • Water & ice blocks will be sold during the summer months at Badge class and some practises.
  • During practise all skaters younger then 12yrs must be supervised by a parent/caregiver.
  • In the event of a medical emergency first response should be through the lead coach David Hook, otherwise those members who hold a current First Aid Certificate are: David Hook, Graham Slater, Janine Anderson, Milah van Niekerk.
  • By attending Learn to Skate class or any other skating event held by the Rotorua Artistic Skating Group or Rotorua Roller Skating Club you agree that all skaters skate at their own risk and agree to pay the tuition fees set out and agreed upon for that event.
  • Please note that from time to time images from skating maybe used in publications in relation to skating classes and events. While every effort is made to inform you as a parent/guardian when this will happen, it is not always possible. Please inform us if you do not want your child’s image used.
Every few weeks:
  • You should de-hair then regularly.
  • Make sure you take them out of the bag or open the bag when not in use to air them.
  • Change bearing when needed.
  • Wear boot covers.
  • Have a variety of wheels for different floor surfaces.

Progressing from Learn to Skate class

For skaters who choose artistic roller skating as their sport and wish to compete, every year we run a development squad, which is a stepping stone into competition skating.
Every term we hold a bring and buy skates and equipment table at our fun skate. You can also check out Skaters Edge, or buy from the UK here, or take a look at this Facebook buy/sell group.
  • Good artistic skates
  • Sportswear for practises
  • Leotards for competition
  • Stockings
  • Spare wheels for different surfaces
The Development Squad is for skaters who are considering competing in artistic rollerskating and have shown a commitment to making skating their sport. They are held in the third term of each year and are weekly small group class. Because the classes are small, skaters will be given more opportunity to progress further in their own skating. Development squad is developed to be a step between Learn to Skate and becoming a competition skater. At the end of the development squad most skaters will be ready to sit a medal test and can decide if they want to continue in the sport as a competition skater or stay as a recreational skater within Learn to Skate classes.

Competitive skating

Skaters become federated with our NZ body, only when they wish to compete or sit a medal test. Fees are annual and are set by the federation; they are usually due every June/ July.
Individual lessons are needed to prepare routines and content. To view all class day and times for competitive skaters, please email us to gain access to our shared Google Calendar. At times your child will need to attend master classes, workshops and extra pratices. Competitions can mean travelling to other areas and sometimes overseas.
Skaters should wear a leotard during practise times. They will also need a club leotard for competitions. It is good if skaters can purchase their own good artistic skates as soon as possible, as this definitely helps them progress rapidly throughout the classes. As they progress in competitive skating, they may also need wrist guards and knee pads.
Every term we hold a bring and buy skates and equipment table at our fun skate. You can also check out Skaters Edge, or buy from the UK here, or take a look at this Facebook buy/sell group.
  • Skaters will need their own good artistic skates.
  • Be a member of the Rotorua Roller Skating Club.
  • Be a federated member with NZFRS and pay annual federation fees.
  • Purchase an artistic number from the NZ Artistic Committee; you will keep this number for as long as you compete and you do need to renew it annually.
  • Have an appropriate costumes to skate and compete in such as leotards and stockings or, for boys, skating trousers and shirts, and club jackets.
  • Post on the Facebook lesson swap page.
  • Remember you still need to pay rental but if you give notice you won’t be charged for coaching.
  • Ask others to swap.
If you competing at Nationals you need to be there for Opening Ceremony, and for any event you are in. You are unable to request your event to be on a certain day so it is best to allow the week to be there. We always run lots of club fun events during this week so it’s never boring and the skaters love hanging out with each other.