I was a little concerned when I found out that the rink does not offer buckets for the little ones to push and use for balance or have skates that offer double blades. However, these "crutches" were not needed in the least and Ian took off faster than I could say, "Use my hand to hold onto." From the get go, Ian had this philosophy, 'It's all or nothing' and refused to accept any limitations. It was quite impressive how Ian took off and was not the least bit scared on how fast he was going.
This was Ian at the beginning of our skating session:
Ian thinking he can now skate backwards:
Ian at the end -- look at how fast he moves:
We skated for 2 hours! And Ian still wants to go back for more. Good thing he had his helmet on, because it saved his head from cracking more than once. Oh my! Some of the falls Ian had was insane. But yet, this didn't stop Ian from getting up and continuing on. Kudos to the guys who work at the ice rink. As soon as Ian fell, an employee was there lickety-split asking if he was ok and helping him up. At one point, 3 guys came over and each picked up a limb of Ian's to get him back standing upright.