TIPS FOR SKATERS (New and Experienced)
A young skater should always be dressed warmly, but the clothing should not restrict movement.
Layered clothing is the most effective way to dress (e.g. Jogging pants or thermal underwear with splash plants). Extra socks are discouraged, as they tend to make the feet colder rather than warmer. There needs to be some room for air movement in the skates in order for the feet to stay warm. ALL young skaters are required to wear CSA approved helmets, and they should have mittens.
Figure skating attire is appropriate for any skater who has developed good balance and can skate the width of the ice without falling. However, it is not essential.
Figure or hockey skates are a good choice for BEGINNERS of any age. New skates are available in a wide variety of prices. Remember that good quality equipment often ends up in the skate exchange or used skate sections of retail stores and pro-shops.
Whether they are new or used, skates should meet some basic requirements:
For a good fit, make sure:
Care of Skates:
Parts of this section have been taken from
“From Boots to Blades: A Rookie's Guide to Skating”