Tips & Info



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:

  • They provide a snug, but comfortable fit.
  • They re made of a firm material to support the ankle.
  • The blade is made from good stainless or carbon steel, so that it will glide smoothly and stay sharp.

For a good fit, make sure:

  • You wear skates over thin socks or tights because layers of socks limit the support      provided by the boot and decrease air flow for warmth.
  • The boot fits snugly around the instep and the heel.
  • There isn't much buckling of the leather around the ankle. 
  • There is a gap of 3-4cm between the laces and the instep.
  • There is enough room to wiggle your toes.

Care of Skates:

  • DON'T walk on metal or concrete without skate guards or you will wear down the blade      edges and make nicks or scratches on the blade.
  • To prevent RUSTING, wipe the blades dry with a clean cloth after every use.
  • Remove plastic guards before STORING and allow blades to fully dry before putting skates      away.
  • Make sure blades are covered with cloth covers to help keep blades sharp and prevent blades from being damaged or damaging your skate bag.
  • Keep your blades sharp and have them checked every 15 or so skating sessions. New skates should be sharpened before using them.


                                                     Parts of this section have been taken from

                                           “From Boots to Blades: A Rookie's Guide to Skating”