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  • Skates should be fitted with only a pair of tight fitting socks or tights (the same pair that will be worn when skating. If skates are too big, use insoles, not extra socks.
  • Skates will generally be one size smaller than your street shoes.
  • Skates need to fit properly, provide firm ankle support and consist of good quality leather.
  • Molded skates should be avoided as they are inflexible in the cold and allow the skater less control.
  • Skate laces should be tucked in the top of the boot, not wrapped around the ankle.
  • Checking the fit: Pull the laces of the boots very loose through the instep, slide the foot forward to the front of the boot so that the toes touch the end, but are not cramped. Have skater stand with weight evenly distributed over both feet and bend knees without lifting heels. The space at the back of the heel should be no more than a pencil width.
  • ALL skaters should have hard skate guards.


  • Skates should be sharpened prior to first skating lesson.
  • The bottom toe pick should NOT be removed. This is part of the design of figure skates; it is used for performance of some skills and is essential to proper balance.

Helmets: Policy (Click to View Outline)

  • Helmets are requires for beginners of any age and required to the completion of stage 5.
  • The helmet fit should be snug. Both the strap and helmet should be adjustable.
  • Look for helmets made of hard plastic with a thick sponge layer.
  • Look for helmets approved by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) as they provide assurance of the best quality and safest design.
  • No stickers should be placed on the helmet at any time.
  • A hockey helmet is recommended as it is designed to withstand repeated bumps and protect against penetration. The design is also more appropriate to the types of falls in skating. No child wearing a bike helmet will be allowed on the ice!!


  • Clothing should provide warmth, allow for movement and provide some protection against falls.
  • Warm mittens or gloves are a must. Please be sure your child comes with these every day.
  • Long scarves should not be worn, as they can be a danger.
  • Ski suits are generally warm and dry, but may restrict movement.
  • Preschool Canskate members may wear properly fitted snow pants or “splash” pants, as they will keep the younger children dry.
  • School age Canskate members may wear layering of sweat suits, sweaters, leggings, leotards, and long underwear.
  • Coats, JEANS, CORDS, etc. are not allowed as they restrict movement.
  • Long Hair MUST be tied back.
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