Killarney Skating Club
604.430.2330 | killarneyskatingclub@gmail.com

Frequently Asked Questions


Canskate

How is CanSkate different from the local rec program?

Canskate is the only Nationally Recognized Learn to Skate Program for beginners of all ages. It was developed by experts to teach the fundamentals of skating in a progressive and sequential manner.Our highly trained Skate Canada NCCP Certified professional coaches will make sure that your child has all the tools needed to learn the basics needed for all types of ice sports. Group lessons include:

  • 45 minutes sessions
  • Badges and certificates are awarded upon achievement of various levels within the program
  • Special event days, themed days, on-ice parties, music and fun throughout the sessions. When you/your child registers for a CanSkate program at Killarney Centre Figure Skating Club, you also become a member of Skate Canada, the national sport governing body for figure skating in Canada
What kind of skates should I buy for my child or myself?

Skates

Good equipment is important for comfort and safety, as well as ensuring effective progress. All skaters must have their own skates, preferably fitted by a skate shop or by a qualified skate dealer. A good fit in a pair of quality used boots is better than a pair of low-quality new boots for skaters starting basic figure skating skills. Leather boots with firm support around the ankle and properly sharpened blades are essential. Molded boots are often too stiff and inflexible.

The boots should be fitted with one pair of socks/tights and there needs to be room to move the toes, but the foot should not slide. Skates need to be laced fairly loosely over the toe and the front of the foot, but snuggly over the ankles. Laces should be tucked in and not wrapped around the top of the skate. The heel must fit firmly and should not be able to move up and down. The child stands up, bends their knees slightly and walks in the skate without the ankles dropping to either side. The skate should feel comfortable. Avoid buying a larger size for skater to "grow into".

You can test the support of a skate by taking your two thumbs and, placing one on each side of the side of the boot, press down where the ankle bone would be. If the side of the boot is easy to push in, then there is little or no support in the boot. Likewise, if it is difficult to push the side of the boot in, then there is good support in the boot.

Probably the most important element in purchasing used skates is ensuring that there is enough support left in the skate. Many competitors attempt to offset the cost of skating by selling their old equipment. Many of these skates, while originally being of very good quality, are now at the end of their life span and have been broken down or are close to breaking down. A broken down boot is indicated by creases in the side of a boot that go to or past the ankle bone. Fit is essential in a skate. There should never be more than a tight finger behind the heel of the skater's foot when the skater's foot is pushed as far forward in the boot as possible (without crunching the toes).

Blades

The blades should be sharpened when new and approximately after every 20-30 hours of skating. Ask your coach where to get sharpening done. The blades need to be clean and free of any rust, nicks and ridges. Hard plastic skate guards protect the skate blade from dulling and should be worn while walking on all surfaces. It is not recommended to walk outside due to the possibility of gravel getting into the guards and damaging the blade. Blades and sole plates should be cleaned and dried thoroughly after each session and stored covered with cloth blade covers to prevent rusting. Air out boots after use and remove skate guards for storage. Leaving skate guards on may allow blades to rust. The bottom pick should not be removed - the pick is part of the design of figure skates and is essential to proper balance.

Where to Buy Skates

  • Cyclone Taylor - 1005 W. 49th. Ave Vancouver, BC (604) 264-9261
  • The Leading Edge Skate Shop - they are in the process of moving
  • Skaters Edge Skate Shop - 10-145 Schoolhouse Street Coquitlam, BC (604) 521-5550
What should my child wear for Canskate lessons?

For children learning to skate, staying warm is important, as is wearing clothing that provides good mobility. If the skater is wearing pants, they should be snug fitting (not baggy) and it helps to have another layer underneath them, such as a pair of tights. Close fitting tops and jackets are also essential. Snow pants/ski suits may be good for tots just learning to skate but make moving around on the ice difficult for those who are more advanced.

Competitive Starskate

Can I register for off-ice classes if I am a non homeclub member?

Classes are for homeclub starskate/competitive skaters between the ages of 5-20 or with board approval.

How does my child register in the figure skating program?

The first thing to do is learn to skate - the CanSkate program prepares skaters for all types of ice sports. If your child shows an interest in continuing in figure skating, talk to a club coach. Every child must be assessed before entering the figure skating stream of our club. If you are already a member of our club the best way to stay informed of your child's readiness is to speak to your coach. If you are interested in joining our club from another club or program please email killarneyskatingclub@gmail.com for assessment dates and availability.

What is proper figure skating attire?

The more experienced skater should wear a skating dress or skirt with warm tights, bodysuit or warm-up pants. The male skaters should wear straight-legged stretch pants and sweater. This enables the coach to see proper body positions. Gloves should be worn for practices and warm ups. Long hair needs to be tied back.

Can I be a guest or Canskate Coach during Killarney ice times?

Killarney Skating Club has an open policy that allows coaches to instruct their students on our ice according to the following guidelines.

  • Adherence to Coach Code of Ethics. No access to skaters, parents, and coaches at or of Killarney FSC for recruitment. This will result in withdrawal of privileges and notification to Skate Canada of Code of Ethics breach.
  • Maintenance of current Skate Canada Coach Certification and Current First Aid Certificate which must be presented to the KCFSC Board of Directors or the KCFSC home club coaches
  • At least 24 hours notice as to the intent to coach is appreciated by email
What is your buyon rate and policy?
  • Homeclub $10.00 per ¾ -1hr
  • Non-homeclub $12.00 per ¾ -1 hr
  • All skaters must call 604-430-2330 or email killarneyskatingclub@gmail.com 24 hours prior to session to confirm availability. Full sessions will not accept any buy-ons.

General Questions

My child does not want to skate any more. What is your refund policy?

KCFSC does not offer refunds after the start of the 1st day of programs except for the following reasons:

  • Medical reasons. A doctor's note is required.
  • In exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the Board, The KCFSC will consider written requests for refund.
How do I get a Tax receipt?

Your receipt from your registration online is what you can use for tax purposes. You can get that receipt by opening the email from Coast Registry confirming your payment. It will have a link to your receipt.

Skate Canada Membership Number? How do I get it?

When you first registered with our club, you would have been given a Skate Canada membership card attached to your name tag at the rink. This card contains your membership number. If you have lost your card, email killarneyskatingclub@gmail.com. Once you have your membership number you can go the Skate Canada Website www.skatecanada.com and follow the instructions below to print out your membership card.

  • Go to the Members Only Site
  • Enter your Skate Canada Number and password as instructed
  • On the next screen, scroll down to the bottom and click on CONTINUE
  • Click on PERSONAL PROFILE
  • Select PRINT MEMBER CARD
Can I register after the sessions have started?

Yes, you can register after the sessions have started provided the session you would like is not full. We will prorate from the first day you begin your lessons and under the following guidelines:

  • Canskate - 3 weeks after session starting (when do we stop prorating)
  • Starskate - prorating stops 5 weeks prior to session finishing. Buy on rates are applicable after this time. (When do we start prorating starskate?).
Why do we have to pay a Skate Canada Membership?

Membership fee is paid once a year (September - August). Your fee includes a mandatory insurance premium, which is submitted on your behalf to an Insurance Plan, as outlined by Skate Canada. All skaters must pay the required national SC fee of $36 per year. The national membership offers you many benefits, and guarantees you ongoing quality assurance and adherence to high standards in Skate Canada Programs offered at this member club.

  • An accident insurance benefit at a substantially lower cost to the members than that available in other sports
  • Access to high quality programs that are recognized and often sought after internationally and by other national sport organizations.
  • Access to qualified, NCCP certified Skate Canada professional coaches who have been trained through high quality training programs developed by Skate Canada.
  • National registry of figure skating qualifications (tests) and results (for qualifying events) held in a central computerized system for easy access.
  • Test certificates and Award of Merits for tests passed.
How do I register my child for private lessons?

Skaters must have passed level 4 in canskate or equivalent skating skills. Canskaters wishing to progress faster are recommended to take more canskate classes per week.

Online Registration

What if I make a mistake?

Everyone makes mistakes, so no big deal. If the mistake was made before the payment phase, just start over. CoastRegistry will figure out about "orphaned" or in-complete registrations and will eventually dispose of them.

My computer is too old and won't run CoastRegistry. What can I do?

CoastRegistry uses fairly modern software technology; it wouldn't be able to do what it does otherwise. So you'll have to find a computer that can run the CoastRegistry. Try a friend, or the library, or a school, or your club Registrar - most of those facilities/people will have more up to date computers. If your computer is really old, you might want to see about upgrading it.

CoastRegistry Screens are too big for my monitor. I cannot see all of the information or buttons?

This has been difficult to keep track of because everyone has a different computer with different screen resolution. CoastRegistry is best viewed on a monitor with a minimum of 1280x1024 resolution. Some newer Notebook computers have a Display with 1380 x 768 resolution; often this does not have enough vertical space to view the whole CoastRegistry screen. In this case the user might find relief by clicking the F-11 function key at the top of the keyboard. This will put the browser in full screen mode and will give quite a bit of vertical space back. This is verified to work well with 1360x768 notebook computers. Note it is very difficult to support Netbook computers running at 1024x600. You may need to use "fit to screen" mode setting which can result in blurry screens.

Killarney Skating Club
Killarney Community Centre - Ice Rink
6260 Killarney Street
Vancouver, BC
V5S 2X7

604.430.2330
killarneyskatingclub@gmail.com