If you're familiar with inline skating, then good news! You can learn ice skating by applying the same mechanics as inline skating. However, if you've never used inline skates before and want to get started ice skating, try these tips:
Once you've put on your ice skates, use a wall or ledge (or a friend!) to begin to stand up on your ice skates. Because you're balancing on ice skate's stainless steel blades, your center of gravity may feel off compared to when you're standing on your feet.
To counter this, keep your torso upright with your knees bent and sink into your hips with your feet parallel. Although you may want to look at the ground to see what you're doing, looking up will help keep your chest above your hips so that your balance is more aligned.
Once you feel comfortable upright, get into V position. With your toes pointed slightly outward and heels closer together, you'll form a V shape.
Next, if your right foot is dominant, step with your right slightly forward and out from your starting position. Then, do the same with your left foot in the opposite direction.
To practice the 'push,' keep your knees bent, body upright with your shoulders slightly in front of your hips, and hinge your hips slightly back with your feet in a v shape shoulder-width apart.
Like inline skating, pick up and push your front leg lightly, or dominant leg, out to glide forward. Then, do the same with the back leg in the opposite direction to start gliding continuously. Keep pushing one leg after the other while maintaining a slight bend to your knees for more balance and power.
Also, avoid picking your foot too far off the ground to avoid losing your balance. If you do start to lose your balance try not to fall forward to catch yourself with your wrists because this can cause injury. Instead, bend your knees and try to fall on your side with bent elbows to minimize impact with your wrist.
Before you know it, you'll be gliding across the ice!