Activities Sports & Athletics Learning to Skate Backwards Share PINTEREST Email Print Ice Skating is Fun!. Getty Images Sports & Athletics Skating Lessons Basics History Gear Famous Skaters Inline Skating Baseball Basketball Bicycling Billiards Bodybuilding Bowling Boxing Car Racing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Football Golf Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skateboarding Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Other Activities Learn More By Jo Ann Schneider Farris Jo Ann Schneider Farris was a silver medalist in junior ice dancing at the 1975 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships and is the author of two books on skating our editorial process Jo Ann Schneider Farris Updated March 31, 2017 Before trying to skate backward, it is a good idea to practice walking backward and gliding for a short distance on figure skates. This exercise will help beginning figure skaters become comfortable with the feeling of moving backward on ice skates. Step One - Point the Toes In and Put the Toes Together With your skates on, point your toes in and put your toes together. Pretend your toes are "kissing." Step Two - Walk Backwards Take "baby steps." Continue to keep your toes pointing in. Make sure the weight on your feet is over the front part of the skates, but not too far in front. Bend your knees and keep your skates pressed inside slightly. Don't look down. Step Three - Glide Backwards for a Short Distance Go to the rail. With your feet parallel, gently push yourself backward so that you glide backward for a short distance. Do this exercise over and over. Be sure to glance behind you to make sure you don't run into anyone before you push yourself away from the rail. Step Four - Practice Walking and Gliding Backwards Now, repeat the "baby step" walking backward exercise with the toes pointed together and then allow your skates to "rest" and glide backward for a short distance. Practice this exercise again and again until you feel comfortable with the feeling of moving backward on ice skates.