Skateboard GB are happy to announce the launch of our ‘Cruiser Award’ programme; which teaches first-time skateboarders how to master the skills needed to get the skateboarding buzz. Participants will gain confidence and gain essential knowledge, allowing them to then start skating independently and progress.


Participants will learn the basic ‘Nuts & Bolts’ of skateboarding, focusing on:

  • Stance
  • Balance
  • Pushing
  • Turning
  • Stopping
  • Safety

What will learners get?

Everyone who undertakes the Cruiser Award will be taught the 6 fundamentals of skating and each stage will receive a progress card (which provides info on how to practice that particular skill) and a sticker – which they can put on their board or helmet.

Once the skater has completed the 6 stages, they will presented with a certificate to show they have completed the Cruiser Award.

Who provides the course?

The course will be delivered by Skateboard GB qualified coaches across the country, who have been DBS checked and have a safeguarding training.

How long does the programme take?

The Cruiser Award can be taught over 2 – 4 shorter sessions or could be delivered in a single full day lesson.

How have we developed the Cruiser Award?

To develop this award, we have drawn from good practice within and outside skateboarding, with inspiration including Bikeability and the Learn to Swim programme alongside different skateboarding progression award systems already trialled by skateparks such as Projekts MCR, Graystone and Mount Hawke.

Eleven organisations and individuals kindly provided feedback on early versions of our Cruiser Award and shared their views and expertise with us. These were: Dave Chesson from Learn to Skateboard (London and Sussex); Jason Emery from Let’s Go Skate (Cambridgeshire); Flo Indoor Skatepark (Nottingham); Projekts Skatepark (Manchester); LS-Ten Skatepark (Leeds); Mount Hawke Skatepark (Truro); Graystone Skatepark (Manchester); Barry Dring from Four Wheel Plank Club (Essex); John Cattle’s Skate Club (Isle of Wight); Ricardo Magee Atxukarro from Brighton and Hove City Council and the Brighton and Hove Skateparks Association; and Ricardo Whyte from Rico Skate School (London).

We’re hugely grateful to all of these brilliant coaches, skateparks and skate schools for their input and ideas.
Award Design and Photography by Amber Rees Design.

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Please get in touch if you would like to deliver the Cruiser Award as a Skateboard GB affiliated coach.