Since 1998

Finally learn to brake properly on inline skates * Get streetwise and roll down that curb safe & cool. * Go faster now * Crossover? Why not? * Slalom through the cones * Turn 180 degrees. * Discover the power of scissors…..
Skate•A•Round: tailor-made workshops and tours in Amsterdam and above.

Skate-A-Round lessen en tours
Press the picture for a private Skate•A•Round tour including mini workshops.

Are you trying your utmost on inline skates in Amsterdam now, but is braking still a challenge for you? Or have you just bought a pair of inline skates and want the accelerate now?

⇒ exemple of a review of a (shared) private Skate•A•Round lesson


National Geographic Travel interviews skating trainer 

Inline skating deserves to be covered a lot as it has so many benefits for people and offers opportunities. One more reason Lex has talked happily with National Geographic Travel:


Lex van Buuren persoonlijke sportieve coach in Amsterdam

“Inline skating is much more than just a sport. It is also a great fitness workout where the flow gets you to another level, both mentally AND physically. :) Done in a ZEN way it even has aspects of meditation. Like a downhill in fresh snow. (However, first things first: learning how to push and stride, and braking on skates. )”

Lex, founder of Skate•A•Round in 1998 and private skate instructor and personal trainer.

Skateles pagina in het Nederlands


Inline skate lesson season has started, and look what this young man accomplishes in his 1st skate clinic!

skate lessons spring season 2022 have started.


Inline skate lessons all year long in Amsterdam under a roof with a view: off season opportunity 

Private skate lesson between EYE and IJ
Multi-purpose inline skating workshop hotspot “between EYE and IJ”.

Off-season news from your Skate•A•Round instructor: Rollerblade lesson outdoors, with a view AND dry at the same time.
The advantages of indoor & outdoor skating brought together next to A’DAM Tower.

Skate•A•Round have found a solution to keep the tarmac and you (and me) dry. And by still being able to enjoy Amsterdam and the outdoors. And yes, this is an inline skating teaching spot with a view. :)

This skate clinic hotspot is opposite the Amsterdam Central Station. And easily to be reached by the free ferry to Amsterdam-North. It is under the roof of EYE filmmuseum and next to A’DAM Tower, “This is Holland”, Shell and the luxurious Overhoeks district.

Static skate exercise during private skate lesson with Skate-A-Round
Static skate exercise during winter private skate lesson with Skate-A-Round – “Ready position” * Between EYE and IJ. January 2022 in the sun. Press the picture for her review.

Next to what you see on the picture there is a lawn where we practice all your new abilities statically first.

However it is not always possible. The “buts” you and us have to take into account, is that we cannot reserve this skate spot. This involves a small risk. (And a bit more on Sunday)

And it might be tricky with wind coming from the direction Central Station. (South) If the wind and/or the rain are to hard, it is not possible on one side. Or it is just skate-able for 1 person.  Strong wind is not only unconformable, but it might also blow water under the roof. The other is not very dependent on that factor, but cars might (suddenly) be parked.

Alles wat je nodig hebt rondom het EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam-Noord voor een goede skateles - bankje om skates aan te doen, topasfalt, heel goed asfalt uitzicht en een dak als het gaat regenen - Rondom EYE met Skate-A-Round
And when the surface is dry, the whole area around is not only well skate-able, but suitable for many learning experiences! :)

Finally, this bad weather skate location is normally not suitable for so-called “absolute beginners” the moment it is raining. As they want to have a static surface first (grass in this case). However we could also put a yoga math on the wet grass. However if the tarmac is wet but it is dry, practicing on the wet grass is possible. It is up to you if you like that or not; I just offer it. (Your wheels do not turn so it is not harmful for your skates.)

So yes we can plan a date and time, but your skate teacher will check on the day itself if it possible that very day.

By the way: the whole area around EYE (I mean outdoors) is cool. And suitable for all kind of skaters and skills. I consider it is an amazing skate spot! And is even touristic with great views.

Rollerblade lesson under a roof in Amsterdam with a view by inline skate teacher Lex van Buuren of Skate-A-Round - Brand of Lex and the City


Inline skate instruction short facts, including the price.

Skateles in het Vondelpark of het Oosterpark in Amsterdam met Lex van Buuren van Skate-A-Round
Click on the skate brake Vondelpark picture for reviews about the Private Skate-A-Round lessons in Amsterdam.

Skate-A-Round inline skate workshop Amsterdam

I hope to show you my enthusiasm for inline skating and teach you skills and tricks. Let me know your preferred day, spot and what skill(s) you would like to master.


Skate•A•Round philosophy

“Customer: “When I was young, I did skate, but I think I completely forgot about it. ”

Skate•A•Round reply: : “I don’t think so, it is just far in the back of your brain, ready to be put in front again. So no, you have not forgotten what you have learnt in your youth; it is just somewhere hidden in your unconscious. ;) And yes, by rehearsing and learning techniques, together with the joy it brings and having a goal, including a “power of why”, it is a good recipe for getting rid of fear.”

My philosophy is that most of your growth happens outside, around a class. Because of the unconscious mind, helping and working on you without you even skating that moment.

Private skate lessons from Skate-A-Round in Amsterdam during autumn and winter time - Under the roof of EYE fillm museum next to river IJ and with lawn for static Lexercises


Inline skate private lesson for ice skaters, eager to master breaking on inline skates (and other differences between ice and tarmac)

Good ice skaters who start inline skating generally run into the following things:
1. how to brake
2. how to roll over obstacles, including hills and tram rails.
In addition, important protection such as knee protection is quite often missing. One problem is that the icons, the race speed skaters, only wear helmets. This subconsciously plays a role in behaviour. ⇓ Continue beneath the picture.

Spot on Oeverpark, Amsterdam North, for ice skaters eager to master specific inline speed skating skills - Photo Lex from Skate-A-Round
Spot on Oeverpark, Amsterdam North, for ice skaters, eager to master specific inline speed skating skills – Photo Lex from Skate•A•Round.

Private inline speed skating lesson for ice skaters in Amsterdam with Skate•A•Round. We have recently done the T-stop, the plow and the stepping plow for ice skaters that pick up inline speed skating. (The latter you know from right after the false starts in ice skating during competitions).
We also did the scissors; this is also an exercise that ice skaters do infrequently and is important in inline skating. (Because of obstacles and bad road surfaces) You will recognise the scissors in ice skating races at a narrow finish.

Good locations for ice skaters going inline speedskating are Amsterdam-North and well along the water near Overhoeks. (Next to the EYE Film Museum, chk the picture above) That is a very good practice spot for this purpose, as long as it is not rush hour.
And Diemerpark is 1 of my favourite places to skate. Although the Diemerzeedijk is busy on weekends and in the evening. I suggest starting early on weekends. On the other side, near the beach, it’s hilly.

Inline skate lessons for children in Amsterdam from the skating-tutor

Skating lessons for children in Amsterdam - Privately

Read about the spirit of Skate-A-Round concerning rollerblading lessons for children in Amsterdam.

Inline skate private lessons for kids in Noorderpark - Amsterdam North - with Skate-A-Round
Teaching an eager child cool turning on skates; in Noorderpark. (Do you see the pink houses in the back?)


About skate teacher Lex van Buuren, founder of Skate•A•Round

Lex van Buuren in the press as a skate teacher in Groningen - Friday Fun Skate 2011
Lex van Buuren in the press as a skate teacher in Groningen – Friday Fun Skate 2011

Your inline skate teacher Lex van Buuren is:

Lex van Buuren is inline skate teacher specialized in teaching how to brake well on skates
Private inline skate teacher Lex van Buuren at Zaanse Schans, early Spring 2019 | +31655337726

Take a private skate lesson in Amsterdam. We plan a time when the park is quiet and therefore safe and more fun.
Everyday I have got 1 spot for 1-2 persons, preferably in the morning, when your learning ability is probably at it’s highest.

Finally, learn how to brake well during an inline skate workshop! And/or become streetwise on your skates.

Reserve a private inline skating lesson with Skate•A•Round in Amsterdam Vondelpark or Oosterpark. (Or one of those other 12 Amsterdam inline skating spots with good tarmac.) ⇓


14 locations for inline skating lessons in Amsterdam with Skate•A•Round.

We’ve got the location for a skate lesson near you!

Private skate lesson in Amsterdam Vondelpark by Lex Skate-A-Round

Locations in Amsterdam with smooth asphalt where Skate•A•Round can teach you rollerblading:


Inline skate lessons in Amsterdam in the 10 most comfortable parks, like Park Frankendael, with Skate-A-Round and Lex and the City
Park Frankendael; child friendly. Amsterdam East


Noorderpark - Amsterdam North - place for Carve training, preparing beginners for the snow - Skate-A-Round Lex and the City private skate lesson
Noorderpark, great and unknown hotspot for (teaching) inline skating in Amsterdam

Skate-A-Round workshops en persoonlijke groei Amsterdam


New location for inline skating lessons on new land in Amsterdam. Centrumeiland - Merdekagracht. Picture by private Skate-A-Round teacher Lex van Buuren
New location for skate workshops on new territory: Centrumeiland, IJburg. Merdekagracht , Picture of student Paul from Lelystad, taken by skate trainer Lex. New spot since the beginning of September 2021

Zeeburgereiland: a new location in Amsterdam since 2021.

IJburg: great combination of superb tarmac (great surface for inline skating) and… Amsterdam beach.

(Do not count in the surface on the beach here… that is not fair. ;))

Skating skills to master.

Do you still have fear?

Perhaps something nasty happened on skates in the past that still makes you anxious. While you just love inline skating so much. I am specialized in anxiety reduction because I have extensively studied the functioning of the subconscious mind. My example concerning the subconscious mind, is dr. Joe Dispenza.(And I practice his method as well.)

Lex van Buuren Skate-A-Round teacher in Amsterdam
Currently I can teach 2 people inline skating. (Not 4) Picture: Parool newspaper.

Heel Stop on inline skates | By private inline skate trainer Lex van Buuren | Short “how to break on skates video” of 12 seconds

This brief video on how to brake on inline skates with the heel stopper has been taken by Monika in the Vondelpark, Amsterdam on the 3rd of June 2019. During the special Friday Night Skate brake lesson.

The emphasis during an inline skate workshop could be on the heelstop. And on fear reduction. Discover the 5 steps to reach your goal. You will not find these 5 steps on any Youtube braking videoclip. It is a result of teaching how to brake on skates for more than 20 years. (And of the out of the box personality of your Amsterdam private skate teacher.) Easy does it.

I use the metaphor “bury your heel-stopper into the tarmac”.

Scissors; the one skills everyone wants to master. (and needs! :) )

skate lessons spring season 2022 have started.Because: Turning is mastering scissors and adding your hands to make you turn.

And scissors are THE necessity for mastering tram-rails and sidewalks during the Friday Night Skate.
AND scissors are the basics for being able to brake with the heel-brake. The grass stop is great to get you in flow. And way easier then what you see on the picture.

So:”Great skill to master! :)

Other braking techniques to master over Skate•A•Round Amsterdam:

Learn how to fall on inline skates. (And get rid of your fear.) 


How many hours you need to complete the basics of inline skating.

Try one session first. It is different per person, however 2 classes could help a lot for basics, as I teach you how to learn without me a lot more. Quite some people tend to think the learning only takes place during the lesson, however this is (fortunately) not the case. :)

Free online skate advice on the Skate-A-Round Facebook fanpage Subjects: braking , streetwise skating, freestyle and speed-skating.

Become a fan of Skate•A•Round skating instruction in Amsterdam (and Amstelveen) on Facebook:

Improve your skate stroke: push & glide 


streetwise on your inline skates in the city

Lex van Buuren van Skate-A-Round en Lex and the City legt uit hoe je streetwise wordt op inline skates in de city.
Skate teacher in the city | Streetwise on early Sunday morning in AMS.

A great playground for a private streetwise inline skate lesson in Amsterdam is “between EYE and IJ” (on the waterside with a great view and streetwise variety all over the place.

Freestyle skating skills to master with Skate•A•Round

One online skate tip from your personal trainer, as a result of a recent inline skate workshop in Amsterdam

Get more (brief) advice about inline skating, by subscribing on Facebook.


Are you an absolute beginner on inline skates?

Delivery boy on inline skates in Amsterdam during the Corono crisis - Lex van Buuren from Skate-A-Round
Skate courier as well during the Corona  crisis. (Click the picture 4 more info.)

Then you need my help even more. ;)
Then we start with position, posture.
It is the basis for good moves.
The grass will help us to do us so 1st, before we start to go on the tarmac.


Want to learn something special? Breaking on inline skates 2.0? Introducing the heel stop one foot.

After having learned braking on inline skates the standard way, it is time for some Lextension.
The “Heel stop 1 foot” is a (L)exercise where you uniquely break on your stopper.
Your left skate is in the air.

This video has been made by Monika Guranova. (a student from skate teacher Amsterdam, Lex van Buuren.)

Learn how to carve on inline skates | Youtube clip

We wrap up this page about private rollerblading lessons in Amsterdam with a trigger. 
Carving on inline skates is what Lex adores to do.
And he loves to teach it too.
To you for example. :)

This brief video has been made by Sven Lippert from Diemen.


Skate fitness instructor in Amsterdam with total body workout.


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Total skate fitness workout today. :) Including private workshop given with skate braking + parallel turn + speed with 125mm wheels. After lunch my own freestyle session with buddy and purple 76mm skates. Working the cones, backwards, skating on 2 wheels and powerslides. Amazing feeling :) Amsterdam skate city #fitness #workout #freestyle #skateinstructor #inlineskating #skatearoound #rollerblade #maxxum125 #bodymind

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After the roller skating lessons and practicing yourself, you are ready for a skate tour.

An inline skate tour is a great way to practice your technique, get to know new people, catching up with old friends, enjoying the countryside (or city), work on your fitness and even do some networking.

This video shows an example of an inline skate tour in the countryside of East Amsterdam. It is the Sunday Morning Skate; organized by Willem from Amsterdam and Gerard from Haarlem. I have made this 10 seconds video with 10 inline skaters by going in front and than get my camera.


The skills you foremost need for participating in the famous Friday Night Skate Amsterdam

For being able to join “FNS”, you foremost need three things:
– Good braking
– Scissors
– Enough speed (The so-called “Need for speed”)
These are essential for safety reasons.

Not being able to finish the night-skate the 1st time however, might be a pity, but trams (and shoes) are available. ;) It is not an exam.

Great group feeling in Amsterdam East - Eastern Docklands - Friday Night Skate - June 2019
Friday Night Skate Amsterdam in the Eastern Docklands: an appealing perspective after your rollerblading brake & streetwise lesson. Picture (C) Lex van Buuren from Lex and the City and Skate-A-Round. June 2019.

Who is booking private skate classes in Amsterdam with us?

About the inline skating rental & the time of the lesson in Amsterdam | 1 person (or couple) a day

Bring your own skates and protection! (If you don’t have your own skates you can rent them with for example “Skatedokter”.).

What is your preferred time and day?
Are you prepared to start early in order to create an even safer environment and faster learning ? 

Uitje op wielen langs de bloemen in Noord-Holland Noord. Met Lex and the City.Make sure you reserve by using the Whatsapp button here on the right. 

I am available in case I do not have something else planned or when the spot has not being taken yet by another skater.
It is pretty cool I think to start very early. (It is quite out of the box, anti-cyclic and I like that. And it highly improves safety.)

In case of rain or wet surface we cancel the rollerblade lesson 1-2 hours before the start.

Protection is mandatory. Including a skate or bike helmet. Participation at your own risk.

It  is important to plan a relexed time in the park. Meaning: during quiet hours in the parks.

Reduction EUR 15,- per inline skate workshop as a whole for students, seniors 65+.

Connect with private inline skate teacher Lex van Buuren of skate school Skate•A•Round

Lex organises a day skate trip to Texel every year. (since 2001)

+31 6 55 33 77 26 (What’s app as well) | [email protected] | The Facebook page of Skate•A•Round

Last minute bookings during the season in the weekend are normally difficult.

Local private guide on inline skates as well | For international inline skate groups

As Lex is a local private guide in Amsterdam as well, he can also guide you or your group through the city of Amsterdam. Or in the countryside; like in Waterland or along river Amstel . We can even include a skate lesson while moving from A to B. (“skate lexercises“)

A great way to get to know Amsterdam, learn new skate tricks, socialize and work out. So join and follow the local tourist guide on inline skates.

Lex has been volunteer for Friday Night Skate as well for 24 years now, giving him a rich knowledge of skate tracks, procedures to follow in town and dealing with roads and traffic. Next to that he started his own private skate service for groups: Skate•A•Round. Meaning tours, travel and lessons. (since 1998)

Een bedrijfsevent inclusief een cursus zakelijk verleiden | Met Lex and the City in Amsterdam-Oost
For international groups there are 3 options: an exchange with the locals in the form of a tour (or weekend) together in the countryside for example, a guided tour by Skate•A•Round and just giving maps.
Maps: I got my own and they are to be found on the web in several places.
I give you one skate track map “the park tour of Amsterdam from my own library which I like very much. Or this skateroute; to Amsterdam beach (Zandvoort, the boulevard)

Skate•A•Round has been organizing international skate weekends and/or skatedays in Amsterdam for Planet Roller from Paris, Skatefresh from London, Rodats from Barcelona (chk beneath) and Madrid Patina. Always in close co-operation with partner Friday Night Skate Amsterdam.

Plse be in time. Organizers, like you and me (?), need time to prepare. To think. To fantasise.

Rodats from Barcelona, publishing the skate day and skate track with us, Skate•A•Round: (enjoy) | May 2019.

Skatefresh from London, announcing a fully booked skate-trip to Amsterdam. (July 2017)

We are honoured Asha Kirkby has asked us 3 times to be the local inline skate team in Amsterdam for her international skate travel groups and fans in the Netherlands.)

Heelstop 1 foot by Lex van Buuren from Skate-A-Round on Oeverpark, Amsterdam-North
Heelstop 1 foot by Lex van Buuren, private skate teacher from Skate•A•Round on Oeverpark, Amsterdam-North

Lex and the City services in Amsterdam in English


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  1. Lex is a perfect skate teacher. All round with a lot of patience and good skills to feel more safe for yourself and getting yourself on a higher level.

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