S.K.A.T.E. Safe

Promoting safety and etiquette at skateparks, world-wide.

The S.K.A.T.E. SAFE initiative is designed to promote safety and respect while skateboarding in a public space, specifically with regard to skatepark etiquette.

Like the American Red Cross and First Aid signage at public pools and beaches, S.KA.T.E. SAFE is a breakdown of key guidelines for etiquette and safety; when you see the S.K.A.T.E. SAFE sign at your local skatepark, you know that safety is taken seriously.

We have broken down the key guidelines and etiquette for skatepark safety into a simple, easy-to-remember acronym to that guidelines are easy to understand and follow.

S.K.A.T.E. SAFE services are available through the USSEA Partner Program for skateboarding organizations.

Why Should Your Skatepark Have S.KA.T.E. SAFE signage?

Researchers report that nearly 64,500 U.S. children and teens are treated in emergency rooms each year after sustaining skateboard-related injuries. 

S.K.A.T.E. SAFE exists to decrease these numbers. 

Community skateparks can dramatically slash these numbers by providing a space for skateboarding where safety and etiquette are paramount and keeps skateboarders out of traffic and on specially-designed terrain. 

Of course, providing a space for skateboarding does not guarantee that skateboarders will instantly adhere to safety measures. 

Growing up, you wouldn’t run on the concrete around a pool because you knew it was against the guidelines. Doing so would almost certainly result in lifeguards blowing their whistle, or worse…kicking you out of the pool for the day.

When skateboarders ride at their local skatepark, there is a heightened risk of injury if the skateboarder does not possess the appropriate level of self-awareness or park etiquette. 

When you see a bright yellow sign at your skatepark, remember:

Start Simple

Buckle on your helmet, warm up by engaging in simple skills first, or get a lesson from a more experienced skateboarder or skateboard educator.

Know Your Limits

Be patient with yourself; progress your skillset with caution.

Always Have a Plan

Think through everything you do at the skatepark and with a purpose. 

Take a Look

Look for other skateboarders before you start riding, inspect skatepark conditions and the intensity of the skatepark.

Earn Respect

Understand how other skateboarders are using the skatepark, wait your turn, and help beginner skateboarders. 

Contact USSEA to find out how to have one of our signs installed at your park.

The S.K.A.T.E. Safe Initiative Explained

The goals of S.K.A.T.E. SAFE are simple:

  • Increase safety awareness in skateboarding
  • Help skateboarders learn skateboarding using a safer methodology
  • Educate all skateboarders on enjoying skateparks responsibly. 
  • Proactively informs parents and skateboarders to reduce injury
  • Skateboarding can be learned simply, at your unique pace. 

We believe skateboarding is a healthy activity for families and children to enjoy individually or together; we do not adhere to the long-believed stigma that skateboarding is a sport only for angsty teens or trouble makers. S.K.A.T.E. SAFE is a part of a larger initiative to eliminate this stereotype. 

Negative and inaccurate stigmas over the years have often deterred generally interested audiences from learning to skateboard. However, the lack of common guidelines and safe spaces to learn basics have made skateboarding a challenge to introduce to children effectively and positively. Instead, parents put their kids into common and supported youth programs like soccer or basketball without the understanding that there is another option. 

The negative stigma related to learning to skateboard and how to interact with other skateboarders safely at skateparks and other learning spaces can be daunting for parents introducing their child to the activity, or for a new skateboarder trying to find their way.

WE ARE ON A MISSION TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUAL SKATEBOARDERS TO ENGAGE CONFIDENTLY AND SAFELY FIND A PASSION FOR SKATEBOARDING.

How We Do It

S.K.A.T.E. SAFE includes a simple and informative tool kit to help get you started, including which steps to take first and how to navigate the skateboarding experience more safely. The bright yellow S.K.A.T.E. SAFE signage is unlikely to go unnoticed and amplifies the message of safety and smart skateboarding practices. The USSEA S.K.A.T.E. SAFE video tutorial (coming soon) offers an in-depth understanding of these concepts. 

USSEA enables skatepark owners and managers to stay up-to-date on information and ideas that support skateboarding safety as a proactive part of the skateboarding experience. In doing so, we can help people learn to skateboard with fewer injuries and create a positive, engaging, and healthy learning experience.

Keys To a Great Learning Experience

Awareness

The S.K.A.T.E. SAFE skatepark sign simplifies the message of safety and smart practices.  

 The video provides an in-depth understanding of the concepts. USSEA enables skatepark owners and managers to stay up-to-date on information and ideas that support skateboarding safety as a proactive part of the skateboarding experience

Education

The USSEA Learn To Skate (LTS™) methodology simplifies the most important aspects of learning to skateboard, including:

  • How to set up a safer learning environment
  • Stepping on a skateboard for the first time
  • First time visiting a skatepark

The LTS™ video series on Youtube breaks down the first steps of skateboarding into an easy-to-follow approach beginning with stepping on a skateboard and ending with how to carve, turn, and tic-tac.

USSEA’s “How to Teach Skateboarding” E-Course helps parents and skateboarding enthusiasts understand what it means to create a positive and fearless learning environment, all while teaching their children or friends how to get started on a skateboard.

Environment

USSEA LTS™ Skateparks are designed to support people learning to skateboard.

Learning features in these parks are small and low-intensity, specifically designed to support progression from the first step on the skateboard to learning to utilize the unique features found in skateparks.

USSEA LTS™ Skatepark Certification focuses on identifying how community skateparks can support new to novice skaters, and highlight opportunities to grow skateparks and engage broad demographics in the local community.

USSEA LTS™ programming and training is designed to help municipalities offer safer and simpler learning experiences for their community.

Learn to Skateboard

We offer comprehensive programs to help you learn to skateboard.

Educator Training

Learn what it takes to get certified to become a skateboard educator.

Learn to Skateboard Day (LTS Day)

A national, annual event that takes place on the third Saturday in May.