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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1.  What equipment is needed to participate in Pre-CanSkate or CanSkate?
They only equipment you need are skates, a CSA-Approved Hockey Helmet, long pants, mittens and a warm sweater or jacket.
2. What is the difference between Pre-CanSkate and CanSkate?
Pre-CanSkate has been designed for skaters who are not quite ready for the CanSkate Program. It works on basic balance and movements on the ice with limited speed.  We incorporate more games and props to make learning how to skate FUN! Not all skaters will start in this program; If your child has some experience or moves well naturally on the ice, they will be evaluated under the CanSkate Program.   Our sessions can have a mixture of groups with some working on Pre-CanSkate and some working on CanSkate.
Skaters are grouped on the ice based on their skating level as well as their age.  Each group will have one CanSkate Coach and there may be additional help from our trained Program Assistants (PAs). 
3. How do the coaches know my child's skating level?
If your child has joined a Skate Regina program in the past, their assessments will be tracked in our database.  Each session coach will have a list of the skaters prior assessments to make the on-ice groups.  If your child is new with Skate Regina, the coach will group them by age and then will move them into the appropriate group on the ice if changes need to be made.
4. Can I look up my child's previous CanSkate Assessments?
Yes! We have all Skate Regina's skater assessments on our database.  You can log in to your account and choose the participant you want to see information for.  More information:
5. Are Parents allowed on the ice?
Parents are not allowed on the ice for our sessions for insurance reasons, unless it is for an approved Parent Assisted CanSkate session.  Parents can register to skate on an adult session if they wish to skate.
6. Why is the Fall Season so short?
Skate Regina receives our ice allotment from the City of Regina.  The City of Regina classifies the month of September as summer ice so they allot the ice time a little differently than in the winter months.  Winter 1 runs Oct - Dec and Winter 2 runs Jan - Mar.
7. What should my child wear on the ice for Pre-CanSkate/CanSkate/Advanced CanSkate and Jr Prep?
Each skater will need to wear a CSA hockey approved helmet (with or without the face protection).  Bike helmets are NOT ALLOWED on the ice.  Skate will need to be sharpened before coming on the ice.  We encourage skaters to wear warm layers that they can move in.  Skaters need warm mittens/gloves that they can pick up objects (hockey gloves can be restrictive)
8. Can you provide more information about selecting a helmet for my skater?


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-Approved 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 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 must have labeling with the date of manufacture and have a chin strap.  CSA takes the position that the life span of a helmet is not easy to determine and so CSA does not give expiry dates for hockey helmets. CSA advocates that “consumers should exercise good judgements to the suitability of a hockey helmet for play. Helmets that are cracked, have loose fitting or missing liner pieces, or that have been subjected to a severe blow should be replaced. For a hockey helmet to function effectively, it must be in very good working order and worn properly in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.”

- Can a parent sign a waiver absolving the club from any liability and allow their child to participate without a helmet?

No. The requirement to wear a helmet is a Skate Canada Policy and all clubs and members must abide by our policies. Therefore, in order to participate in the CanSkate program all skaters who have not achieved Stage 5 in the CanSkate program or who lack good balance and control must wear a CSA-Approved hockey helmet while on the ice.

- Why has up to and including Stage 5 been selected as the benchmark for helmet use?

Skaters who lack good control/balance when skating forward, backward and have difficulty stopping, as well as maneuvering around obstacles on the ice are at a higher risk of being unable to control a fall, regardless of their age.

The CanSkate program has been developed to introduce basic skating skills to beginners in a safe and sequential manner. The learning progressions leading to and included in Stage 5 allow skaters to gain the necessary skills (balance, agility, and control) required to safely participate on the ice. While it may be likely that many Stage 5 skaters can skate reasonably well, ice surfaces can be very unpredictable and there is always a risk of falling, no matter what stage a skater is at. CanSkaters participate in a group environment with other skaters on the ice of different levels who may fall and cause other skaters to fall.

- What other tips could you provide regarding prevention of falls and head injury?

There are several ways to avoid head injury, in addition to wearing a helmet. The following are some basic guidelines:

Use quality equipment - skates with good support, proper fit, laced correctly and sharpened regularly help the skater maintain control on the ice - therefore less chance of falling

Dress appropriately - no scarves, overly bulky snowsuits, or hair in the face as this may restrict movement, vision

- How can I identify a hockey helmet that is CSA-Approved? Where will the logo appear on the hockey helmet?

The CSA-Approved logo will be found on the back of the hockey helmet affixed to the outer shell of the helmet. For more information about CSA standards visit

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