Pole dancing safety is important!!!! I cannot stress this enough since I have seen that some take it too lightly.
Accidents can happen even if all precautions are taken. Skin can be bruised (minor injury and to be somewhat expected when first starting to learn) and necks can be broken...a very unfortunate tragedy that has happened before in pole dancing studios.
Things that should never happen in pole dancing lessons or practice!
Drinking alcohol; not even a half a glass of wine to calm your nerves. Alcohol impairs judgement and slows reactions...not a good combination for working out, much less for working out on a vertical steel pole! Strength, energy and concentration are needed!
No oils, lotions or body make-up. This can make you slippery and when on the pole, if you can even get up on it in such a condition, will be extremely dangerous and you can (or will!) slip and can fall and become injured
Taking medication that impairs judgement, makes you sleepy or reduces reaction speed for the same reasons as drinking alcohol
Training with an injury. Take sufficient time to heal, rest and recover before you start up your training again.
More Pole Dancing Safety Tips
Use a crash mat. The thicker the better when it comes to crash mats. These should absolutely be used for sure when starting to learn to invert. They are also helpful when practicing and you get tired. When you are sweaty and tired, you become more susceptible to slipping and falling.
Use a spotter. It is safer, in my opinion, to learn all of the basics in a class setting so that you have others around to help you to use proper technique and if you are learning to invert or climb, you have a spotter. If you are learning an inversion or aerial trick at home, ask someone to stand nearby and be ready to help you down. Sometimes when you are trying something for the first time, it can feel weird and you may not know how to come out of the move safely.
Keep a clean towel and a cleaning substance for your pole nearby. This can be rubbing alcohol, a pole dance cleaning cloth or even vodka in a spray bottle. This keeps sweat and oil build up on the pole to a minimum.
Use a grip aid. There are quite a few such as Dry Hands or Tite Grip to stop sweaty palms, vinyl gloves, powder solutions such as chalk or Mighty Grip.
Flexibility training and a sufficient warm up will lessen your risks of pulling a 'cold' muscle, or muscles that have not been warmed up and joints not lubricated through prior movement.
Lessen bruising by following instructions on how to do new moves so that you have proper hand/foot/body placement and reduce your chances of burning your skin against the pole or bruising yourself unnecessarily. I bruised the tops of my feet when I first started learning to climb as I was throwing my foot against the pole to try and get some momentum to hoist myself up. This is improper technique!
Stay hydrated! Our bodies are 55-75% water and if you are thirsty, you are already starting to dehydrate! Carry a water bottle with you and keep it close in class.
Make sure your blood sugar levels are sufficient to work out. Eat a protein or power bar a half hour before class. Diabetic students be careful to carry a sugary snack with you and your instructor should know beforehand that you are diabetic in case of an emergency.
Be rested. It is important that your body is prepared for lots of activity and strenuous activity at some times. Pole dancing is a strength training workout that also involves elevated heart rates (cardiovascular work). I fell and injured my shoulder once because I was tired but still wanted to push through a workout that involved inversions. Not good!
Become CPR certified yourself or ask if your instructor is currently certified (they should be!).
Pain from pole dancing is inevitable - your body is getting used to being in positions it has never normally been in and getting comfortable on a 2" diameter metal pole is NOT normal for the everyday woman. Check out my solutions for pole pain here!
By following these pole dancing safety instructions and taking lessons under the watchful eye of a certified instructor, you will greatly reduce your chances of becoming injured. There have been too many unfortunate accidents.