In the fall/winter/spring, we skate at the Capri Pizzeria Recreation Complex (formerly known as the South Windsor Arena). Our summer programs are run from the Vollmer Complex in LaSalle.
Do you have year-round programs?
The South Windsor Skating Club offers their winter program from September to the end of March. Our spring session is held from April to May. We also offer summer sessions that takes place from June to August. During the summer session only, we offer our programs at the Vollmer Centre in LaSalle.
Do you offer beginner adult skating lessons?
Yes, we offer a learn-to-skate program for adults from September to May.
How old does my child have to be to learn how to skate?
Our PRE-CANSkate program is designed for children who are 3 and 4 years old. In this program we use toys and other props to help the children develop their skating skills in a fun way.
Why do I need to wear a CSA-approved hockey helmet to skate?
Hockey helmets are designed to help protect against head injuries occurring on ice, be it from a fall or a collision. It is important to ensure that when a skater is on the ice, they are protected with equipment designed for their sport or activity. Skaters who are not wearing CSA approved hockey helmets will not be permitted to skate.
Can I rent skates from you?
No, unfortunately we do not offer rental skates.
What kind of skates should I buy?
Skaters should wear well-fitting skates, whether you choose figure skates or hockey skates. We discourage families from purchasing plastic skates as they do not provide the same support as hockey skates and figure skates. A used pair of quality skates are better than a cheaper skate that does not provide proper support. Please ensure skates are sharpened and free from any rust on the blade.
What is required of parents?
Parents are expected to remain at the rink for the duration of each session. It is imperative that a parent or responsible adult is available in case of emergency. Parents are not permitted on the ice, or in the players’ box as it is a distraction to coaches and skaters during their lessons.
Do we have to participate in fundraising?
Our club is run by volunteers, many of which also have other employment.Therefore, we ask that all families help the club by fundraising or volunteering their time as much as possible. Please reach out to a board member or coach if you are available to help.
What is CANSkate?
CANSkate is Skate Canada’s official ‘Learn to Skate’ program; it is the only Nationally Recognized Learn to Skate Program. Lessons are given in a group format and are led by our Skate Canada Nationally certified professional coaches and are assisted by trained program assistants who are volunteers.
The CANSkate program provides children with the best foundation for figure skating, hockey, speed skating and ringette. Skaters learn fundamental skating skills in a group setting promoting fun, fitness and participation while developing basic skills. Skaters are grouped by age and ability and earn badges as they progress through the various levels.
It is an excellent program to teach Canadians to skate for the joy of skating at any age or ability.
What equipment do I need for CANSkate?
Skaters will need a good fitting pair of skates, CSA hockey helmet and gloves/mittens to keep the hands warm and protect from injury.
What should my child wear for PRE-CANSkate/CANSkate?
In addition to a CSA approved helmet, skaters should also have well fitted skates. We discourage families from purchasing plastic skates as they do not provide the same support as hockey skates and figure skates. Please ensure skates are sharpened and free from any rust on the blade.
We suggest that skaters wear warm clothes that are easy to move around in, along with mittens/gloves. We do not recommend skaters to wear a hat under their helmet as it often slides down over their eyes hindering their sight, and the child becomes too warm. For skaters with longer hair, we recommend it is pulled back out of the eyes.
How do I take care of my skates?
Skates should always be dried off after each use. It is recommended that skates are put in ‘soft’ guards while in the skate bag if possible to prevent rusting.
How often should I sharpen my skates?
It is recommended that skates are sharpened every 20 hours of skating.
What is POWERSkate?
POWERSkate is an action-packed, high energy instructional power skating program geared to hockey and ringette skaters that focuses on balance, power, agility, speed and endurance. Skills, techniques and conditioning drills are taught in a progressive format that emphasizes how the skills apply to game situations.
POWERSkate is geared to skaters aged approximately six or older who already have basic forward and backward skating skills (they should be able to skate the length of the rink using alternate strides) and are able to stop on command without use of the boards.
What equipment do I need for POWERSkate?
Participants must wear full hockey equipment that is CSA approved.
What skills are required to participate in POWERSkate?
Children must have basic skating skills (forward and backward) and be able to stop.
How do I register?
Registration is available at various times throughout the year, in person at the arena. These times will be listed on our website and Facebook page and in our glass case on Rink ‘A’. We also accept registrations by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What form of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, cheque and credit card payments.