The Community for Skating in Ontario

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 must have labelling 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 judgement as 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.

I WANT MY SKATER TO PROGRESS QUICKLY! We offer multiple sessions per week and your child will progress much faster if they enrol in multiple sessions.  EGSC has special pricing for multiple day registration so it is economical to skate more! Please Contact Us for pricing for multiple day Pre-CanSkate sessions.

QUESTIONS?  Contact our Skating Programs Director


This is the class is For  Beginners 

PreCanSkate is NOT a parent and tot program Parents are NOT permitted on the ice

Learn to Skate recommended age must be 3 years or older to register

PreCanSkate is Skate Canada's Flagship learn-to-skate program designed for those who have never skated before or who need to learn to balance and begin to move on the ice. In their fun 30 minute session, skaters will learn to balance and move forward, to move backward and stop, to stride, jump & turn. Professional, NCCP certified coaches assisted by trained, volunteer Program Assistants use fun music, brightly coloured teaching aids, hockey sticks, bubbles, games and hoola hoops to motivate and inspire skating! Skaters earn ribbons and other incentives as they learn fundamental skating skills. Our coach:student ratio on PreCanSkate is a maximum of 1:8.

What should my skater wear to PreCanSkate? All participants are required to wear a CSA approved hockey helmet (cage optional).  Mittens, splash or snow pants, and layers with a warm sweater or coat.

What about skates? The most important piece of equipment are your skates! Look for good ankle support and the correct fit.  Hockey skates are great beginning skates.  Figure skates (used or new) from a reputable skating store (ie. Figure Skating Boutique ) will have good support, also the "Jackson" brand at Canadian Tire is a good option for CanSkaters wanting a figure skate. Keep in mind that the toe pick should never be shaved off. Avoid skates from local hardware stores and we do not recommend the plastic buckle type of skate because the latches open when kids fall, and they do not allow for the bending of ankles needed for developing power and speed.  Adjustable sized skates are not recommended as they make balancing very difficult and frustrating for skaters. EGSC coaches have experience fitting skates, so feel free to ask us for an assessment.

Be sure to SHARPEN your skates before using them!  Or your child will slip and fall like Bambi!