Safety and Equipment
Skaters attending our sessions will have more fun and advance faster if they are properly and safely equipped. This means making sure that:
• Skates ﬁt comfortably
• There is room for toes to wiggle slightly
• Heels do not lift inside the skate more than 1/4 inch
• An adult ﬁnger can ﬁt in the top of the boot when done up.!
• Excess laces are tucked or tied up so that they do not hang loose or drag on the ice.!
To protect the skate blades, skate guards should be worn in any area that is not protected by rubber mats. At the end of every session the blades should be wiped with a dry cloth to prevent rusting. Skate sharpening should be done periodically.
Skaters should dress warmly for our sessions; however, some items such as scarves or long drawstrings should be avoided. We recommend wearing mittens or gloves to keep skaters warm.
A CSA approved hockey helmet must be worn by all skaters.
How should the hockey helmet ﬁt?
• A hockey helmet should ﬁt snug to prevent any shifting and maximize protection. Make sure the chinstrap can be adjusted so it gently makes contact under the chin when fastened.
• For an adjustable helmet, open it to the largest setting and gradually begin to downsize the helmet until a comfortably snug ﬁt is achieved. The helmet should rest on the head so that the rim is one ﬁnger width above the eyebrow and making contact with the top of your head.
• Although most helmets are lined with protective foam, some helmets will feel better than others. Try on diﬀerent brands of helmets for ﬁt and comfort.
• All CSA certiﬁed helmets have a sticker indicating their certiﬁcation.
Why only hockey helmets?
• 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.
Are face masks required as well?
• Face masks are not mandatory; however young skaters may beneﬁt from the added protection.
Are used hockey helmets acceptable?
• Hockey helmets and face protectors sold in Canada must meet safety standards set by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). If the CSA sticker is not present, throw the product away. Hockey helmets normally last for about three to ﬁve years. Hockey helmets must not be used if previously subjected to a major impact or if older than ﬁve years or if showing visible signs of damage or if parts are missing. Hockey helmets must have labelling with the date of manufacture and have a chin strap. It is important that the helmet ﬁt properly in order to ensure proper protection.