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Sea Ice Speed Skating

Updated on March 2, 2015

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.

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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

EQUIPMENT

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.

Ice picks

HT Enterprise Deluxe Retractable Polar Pick
HT Enterprise Deluxe Retractable Polar Pick

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.

Freedom! Air! Beauty!

Are you eager to try now?

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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

Would you like to try? Welcome to Sweden! - Arranging of ice speed skating all winter!

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      This is a wonderful lens with an insight into winter sports in your part of the world. Skating on the sea looks risky enough but driving cars on it is quite frightening. Blessed and featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012 and also on Winter Sports Gear. Hugs

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      Thrinsdream 5 years ago

      I have never seen this before, ice skating on a rink yes, this, no. It looks brilliant. I would love to give it a go. Another thing to add to my list. Loved this lens and the safety tips were superb. Thank you so much for opening another pathway in life. With thanks and appreciation. Cathi x

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing some important tips, Great works

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      pheonix76 5 years ago from WNY

      Great lens! I learned quite a bit, thanks. :)

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      What fun! Thanks for the introduction to skating on sea ice :)

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      Congratulations on making featured lenses on Popular Pages. Wonderful lens, thanks for sharing. Just stopping by to say Hello.

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      nursecraft 5 years ago

      Sounds like a very exciting activity!

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      Pat Broker 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Sea ice skating sounds adventurous and lots of fun. You definitely have to be aware of the dangers though.

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      PollyFreakingAnna 5 years ago

      fascinating, but there's just no way I could even watch other people do this in person without having a panic attack.

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      AliceAdventures 5 years ago

      Great lens! I had no idea people skated on such large bodies of water! The videos are very cool, too.

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      sheezie77 5 years ago

      Interesting lens! great job thumbs up!

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      hirephp lm 5 years ago

      nice photo and also nice lens

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      Lindrus 5 years ago

      To skate on the sea or the lake is so much better than to just be skating a rink inside! Thanks for a very nice lens!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

      It looks like fun, but a bit risky at my age. I'll stick to the rinks if I do anymore ice skating. I've never had opportunity to skate anywhere but a rink,since I've lived in Southern or Central California all my life.

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      Karnel 5 years ago from Lower Mainland of BC

      Great lens I'll stay away from speed skating, but would love to do the Ice Racing although don't think my mini van would have to much fun...

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      GramaBarb 5 years ago from Vancouver

      Congratulations on being featured on the Squidoo homepage! What fun that we are both there together!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      This is beautiful. It looks so peaceful, truly a lovely lens.

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      lasertek lm 5 years ago

      I love skating. It would be good to try it on a vast area.

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      This looks awesome, being able to skate out so far on the sea. Thin ice is scary and one should never go alone or without equipment that would help you float.

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      Skating on the sea when it is frozen is one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. The peace, silence, blue sky- it is difficult to describe how wonderful it is.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      What a great way to get outdoors in the winter! I'm really glad to see this extraordinary glimpse into a sport I had previously only seen in the Olympic coverage on TV . I'm glad to see your lens (and therefore YOU) on the front page! Wonderful! Glad to meet you... *Blessed*

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      seosmm 5 years ago

      Very interesting review of speed skating. Learned a lot. Very nice lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How wonderfully you have presented sea ice speed skating....definitely not for the faint of heart! Congratulations on front page honors....blessed!

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      Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Beautiful photos and great tips for skating on the sea. ~blessed

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is just beyond me but I love watching it.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I never thought about ice skating on the sea. In Maine, I heard that when the Casco Bay freezes in the winter, the people living on the islands can bring out home building supplies across the ice.

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      brando87 6 years ago

      this makes me want to go to sweden

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      I agree, it is a feeling of absoulute freedom and peace to skate on the frozen sea. Haven't done it in many years, but the feeling is clear in my mind. The blue sky and miles and miles of ice- wow!

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      poutine 6 years ago

      It must lovely to skate outdoor, but I am too much of a chicken to try to do this on a lake.