Sea Ice Speed Skating
Safe sea speed skating is an adventure
To skate on the sea ice a sunny day is the ultimate feeling of freedom. The skates are moving so fast and the wind in your face is fresh. The speed can, in the tailwind and good ice, reach 30 km per hour! This page will tell you about the beauty of sea ice skating, but also about the dangers. There are some rules and they are not suggestions - they are a must.
If you want to make a trip far along the shore, I can recommend that you take the bus in one direction and then skate home with the wind in your back!
Sea skiing March 2012
How thick must the ice be for safe skating?
Once I was skating with a friend and felt nervous. I was afraid that the ice was too thin. He assured me it was more than enough. I was still a bit shaky until a car came and passed us on the way to an island far away =D
At ten minus for ten hours there is made one centimeter ice. On a fresh water lake, the ice is holding a skater when it is five centimeters thick. If you want to be really sure, choose to skate at 8 centimeters.
Salt water ice, ice in the spring and ice mixed with snow, needs a thicker layer to hold you. A layer of ice is also not the same all over the surface. It depends on streams, water deep, difference in temperature and weather. If the water is moving under the ice, it can become very thin! That is at channels, at a tongue of land or where there is a water flow in our out of the lake.
The ice is much stronger than you think
The langugage is LITHUANIAN
Good news for skaters C-40 (F-54)
The deep cold has made the northern Baltic sea covered with ice!
Speed skating on clear ice
Warmly dressed in many layers of clothes. Dress like a cabbage!
Backpack with a plastic bag filled with a full set of dry clothes. Tie a knot so the bag is tight.
Ice picks - one long and two shorter attached around your neck
Preferably a life line that is easy and quick to reach
Risks and how to avoid them
NEVER skate alone!
Follow the tips about equipment above. Look at these two skaters, how low the backpack is resting and that they both have a long ice pick to now and then check the ice! A thin ice makes a higher tone than a thicker. You will hear the difference! They both have the shorthanded ice picks around their necks to be used if or when you to through the ice and must get up.
Long distance skiing has two main elements of risk, you can go through the ice or to get hurt if you fall. As the skater can reach quite high speeds (in the tailwind of good ice is 30 km per hour are not uncommon), it is easy for you to hit you if you fall. The risk of severe injury is reduced considerably, if the most vulnerable parts of the body are equipped with protection.
"Danger increases with speed", ie. speed allows one to go far out on thin ice before it breaks. Which means that you may have difficulty getting back on the ice . Then it can be next to impossible to give yourself up with only crampons. A companion equipped with the rope can be crucial to how the bailout will end.
If you fall through - this is what to do
Try to stop and think. Move slowly! The water closest to the body will be warmer then.
The airtight plastic bag in your back pack will help you to float!
Turn to the edge where you came from! You know the ice could carry you there.
Break the ice with the arms until you see that it is thicker.
Use your ice picks! They are high up almost under your cheeks. Stab the ice and try to draw yourself up.
Do NOT stand up! Continue to use the ice picks and move away from the opening.
Put on the dry clothes you have in a plastic bag in your back pack.
Keep on skating after some warm cocoa or coffee=)
If you cannot get up from the water, use the line and throw it to your companions. They will not come too close but can draw you up now.
Never go out on the ice without them- they can save your life.
These two had to be rescued by helicopter
They were speed skating on safe ice. The weather was fantastic and all was well.
Then a big boat passed further out and the ice started to crack up in smaller pieces.
Some said that they should jump from ice to ice to get ashore. But they chose to wait for the helicopter to arrive.
Link to where to ice skate
- Top ice skating vacation destinations
The story is written by a person who has tried sea ice skating!
Freedom! Air! Beauty!
Are you eager to try now?
Do you want to try speed sea ice skating?
A good start is buying skates!
You can go ice speed skating on ordinary skates but it is more hard work to keep up.
There are also skates that you can attach on the boots you are using.
Competition speed skating
Every winter there are competitions of speed skating on tracks.
We have thousands of sweet water lakes and a really long coast line. Cold winters makes skating ice all around the country