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dcuper1
February 14th, 2008, 11:06 PM
The Central Park Skate Patrol is looking for new members

WHO WE ARE:
THE CENTRAL PARK SKATE PATROL IS DEDICATED TO HELPING PEOPLE HAVE SAFE SKATING FUN in Central Park. It helps skaters and general park users
enjoy the Park, teaches stopping skills and safe skating techniques, and
assists the injured. It is a wonderful group of dedicated skaters having
fun while doing good! You also get to meet new skaters as they are
starting to learn.

TIME COMMITMENT: Central Park Skate Patrol volunteers must commit to a
minimum of one four-hour shift per month, during the skating season,
mid-April to mid-October. Shifts run from 1 pm to 5 pm on Saturday and
Sunday. Occasionally there are special events outside of these hours where
you can earn "extra credit". We know that people have lives and jobs and
vacations, so it's a minimum average; if you are traveling a lot on business
one month, for example, do an extra shift on another month. Of course you
are welcomed and encouraged to do more shifts.

REQUIRED SKATING SKILLS: The emphasis is not on being an elite skater,
rather on wanting to perform a community service by helping others, and
being competent enough to teach the basics and set a good example. You
should be comfortable enough to skate a loop of the park (6.1 miles or
almost 10K) in about 45 minutes. We never race, except maybe in an
emergency. This is not a good time to practice speed skating, but you should
be able to get from point A to point B in a hurry, if needed. You should be
able to skate backwards in front of a student at slow speeds on a shallow
incline in order to offer support, reassurance and guidance. You must have a
heel brake and know how to use it. You should also be able to demonstrate at least one other type of stop, such as the t-stop or spin stop. Remember, we are only insured to teach basic movement and basic stopping with the heel brake, but as teachers, we need to be a few steps ahead of our students.

NEW PATROLLER CERTIFICATION WHEN: Sunday March 16th at 9:45am. WHERE: North Meadow Recreation Center in the middle of Central Park at 97th St. - RAIN OR SHINE! BRING: SKATES WITH A HEEL BRAKE - REQUIRED. HELMET AND WRIST GUARDS REQUIRED ARE MINIMUM REQUIRED protective gear.

Bring a pen, too. The 3-hour certification is designed to bring you up to
speed on what we do on Skate Patrol, teach procedures, etcetera, and do the necessary paperwork for insurance purposes. It consists of introductions,
watching a video produced by the National Skate Patrol (NSP), and "class
room" review. Then we go outside with skates for the practical portion. This
consists of teaching you how to teach stopping using the NSP Instructor
Certification Program (ICP) teaching model. We'll take turns playing teacher
and student and learn how to teach beginners and correct common mistakes.

QUESTIONS:
CONTACT prankin@inch.com, or call Paul at 917-881-0266 to register for the
class. We hope you can make it on Sunday March 16th at 9:45am. Please share with other interested skaters. Thank you for your time and consideration.
The Central Park Skate Patrol is a fun, gratifying experience.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION visit the website:
www.skatepatrol.org and click on "Join" or "FAQ".