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  • Frequently Asked Questions


    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?


    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).


    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 Figure Skating - 1005 West 49th Avenue,  Vancouver, BC (604) 264-9261
    • Scoff's Hockey Shop - 3738 Parker Street, Burnaby, BC (604) 298-5630
    • 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 Pre-CanSkate just learning to skate but make moving around on the ice difficult for those who are more advanced.