Frequently Asked Questions

Learn To Skate Basics

Skaters who have never taken lessons before must register for the Level Prelim. Skaters who have previous lesson experience will be assisted by the administration team in selecting the correct level. When necessary, Coaches will advise if a skater is better suited to another level and make the appropriate adjustments.
The Elite Skating test structure is built on a step by step process designed to encourage skill development and assessment of the skaters personal abilities. Elite Skating’s skill tests are completed near the end of each Learn to Skate set and your child will be awarded an achievement marking in their report card.
Rinks are chilly so dress them in layers of comfortable warm clothing that allow for movement. Always remember gloves or mittens. Remember CSA approved helmets with full-face masks are mandatory for all children.
YES! However skates usually conform to the foot of the owner so be sure they are fitted properly before spending too much money on something that might not be right for your skater.

Parent Responsibilities

  • Get acquainted with the Elite Skating Learn to Skate team
  • Learn about the proper fitting of skating equipment and tying up skates
  • Talk about safety
  • Falling and getting up on and off the ice
  • Further assessment of class suitability considering ability and age combined (instructor’s final decision). It all takes time, so please be patient. Thank you.
We encourage our students to come ready to practice and be positive. Please be at the rink at least 15 minutes before your scheduled lesson time to ensure skaters are ready to go at the start of the lesson.
  • Skates should be fitted with only one pair of very thin socks or tights
  • There should be room to fit toes, but the foot should not slip around
  • Skates should fit as snugly as possible
  • Your child should be able to stand in their skates without their ankles falling in. If you notice that their ankles are falling in please try to tie their skates tighter. Children’s ankles are very weak at the beginning and they need the support from their skates to hold their ankles up.
  • Skates should be laced tightly. If the laces wiggle when touched, they are too loose
  • Laces should be long enough to be tied in a double bow and tucked in
  • Never wrap laces around top of boot as this restricts movement and can cut off circulation
  • Guards should be worn when walking to and from the ice
  • Guards protect your blades and prolong the life of the skates
  • Guards should be removed when the skates are being stored to prevent rusting
  • Blades should be wiped free of water with a lint free cloth and protected with a soft blade cover when stored in your child’s skate bag
  • Loose pants ie. sweat pants, tight stretch pants, or snow pants for the younger children
  • Gloves (Mandatory)children will not be permitted on the ice without gloves as part of a safety measure
  • Helmets(Mandatory) full hockey helmet with facemask for protection
  • Helmets – need to fit properly, please make sure that the helmet does not fall down below the students eyebrows and that the chin protector fit snugly on the chin. If the helmet moves around on the child’s head it is too big for him or her – this is extremely dangerous
  • Knee-high socks (thin-one pair only) or tights
  • Warm Jacket
  • Please arrive in plenty of time to allow your child’s skates to be done up carefully and correctly. This will help ensure that they are starting relaxed and cheerful!
  • Try not to expect too much too soon. It is quite an accomplishment for small children just to stand on the ice. This beginning stage can take a couple of sets of lessons. We want this adjustment period to go as pleasantly as possible, so sit back and relax while we teach your child to skate and have a lot of fun while learning!
  • Please do not hesitate to ask any questions or express any concerns you may have either in person or via our website

Make-up classes are not guaranteed and are entirely at the discretion of the coaches based on availability of classes and other factors.