Learn to Skate FAQs
Do I need skating experience to register for the CanSkate program?
Do I need my own equipment?
What kind of skates do I need?
Do I have to wear a helmet?
How do I register my child for the right level?
No experience is necessary for any of our Learn to Skate programs.
Both figure skates and hockey style skates are fine for our Learn to Skate programs. Leather, lace up skates are preferable to vinyl. Molded plastic skates with velcro closures are not recommended. BobSkates with the double blade are not suitable for our programs
A CSA approved hockey helmet is required for all skaters in learn to skate programs. Skaters on PreSchool and Pre-CanSkate must also have a face mask.
All Skate Canada member clubs and skating schools who offer a CanSkate program must ensure all CanSkate and Adult CanSkate participants up to and including Stage 5 must wear a CSA approved hockey helmet while on the ice.
Hockey helmets are designed to help protect against head injuries occurring on ice, whether from a fall or collision. A bicycle helmet, for example, is designed to protect against head injuries should a fall occur while riding a bicycle. It is important to ensure that when a skater is on the ice, they are protected with equipment designed for their sport or activity.
Make sure you register your child for the right age group and we will take care of the level. If you have already skated with us we have record of what levels you achieved last session. If you are new to us we will place you in the appropriate level during the first week.