learn to skate Helpful Information
- Show up at least 20 minutes before class starts (30-40 minutes earlier if this is your first time and you need to be fitted for skates).
- Check in at the registration desk and then pick up skates at the rental counter (if needed).
- Brand new skates MUST be sharpened before use!!! Come early and have them sharpened by us before your child hits the ice.
All beginning skaters have to wear them (could be a bike, ski, or hockey helmet)
- Make sure the helmet fits comfortably and snug.
- Wear the helmet low in front to protect the forehead.
- Keep it level and immobile. Avoid tilting back or pulling low.
- Secure chinstrap buckle. Check the adjustment often for protection, in case of a fall or collision.
- Replace your helmet immediately if signs or damage are visible.
- Clean the helmet with mild soap and water only.
- Store the helmet in a cool, dry place.
- Have the skater present during helmet purchase to test and ensure a good fit.
- Wear anything under the helmet.
- Attach anything to the helmet.
- Wear a helmet that does not fit or cannot be adjusted properly.
- Leave a helmet in direct sunlight or in a car on a sunny day.
Wear the right skating attire
Wear comfortable clothing that allows you the ability to move about freely. Plenty of layers along with a jacket should be worn. While it’s easy to assume it’s warmer indoors, arenas do keep thermostats set at a brisk 50 degrees. Sweatpants or warm-up pants are better than bulkier snow pants. That way skaters can discard layers as they get warmer.
Gloves and Mittens
Gloves and Mittens are not warn for warmth; they protect the hands of skaters as they learn to fall and stand back up.
As for feet, one pair of lightweight socks or thinner tights work best. Bulky, thick socks limit support and create uncomfortable bumps inside your boots.