All skating lesson participants must wear a CSA-certified hockey helmet. See an exerpt from the Skate Canada policy below, or the full policy at the Skate Canada web site: Skate Canada Helmet Policy
CSA-certified hockey helmets are also recommended for public skate participants.
POLICY: HELMET USE
EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2011 REVISED DATE: October 1, 2011
All Skate Canada member clubs and skating schools who offer a CanSkate program must
ensure all CanSkate and Adult CanSkate participants up to and including Stage 5 must
wear a CSA approved hockey helmet while on the ice.
This policy also applies to all other Skate Canada programs, therefore Clubs and skating
schools may choose to expand the use of CSA approved hockey helmets in their club as
they see necessary. In general, anyone who lacks good control/balance when skating
forward, backward and has difficulty stopping, as well as maneuvering around obstacles
on the ice must wear a CSA approved hockey helmet.
Clubs and skating schools must ensure this policy is enforced during all skating activities
including competitions, carnival days or any other special on ice activities throughout
the season for this level of skater.
This policy is a minimum standard. Sections, at their discretion, may impose a higher
standard which all clubs and skating schools within the sections’ boundaries must adopt
2.0 HELMET USE DURING A COMPETITION OR TEST DAY
A skater beyond a CanSkate Stage 5 level that chooses to wear a CSA approved hockey
helmet during a competition or test day will not be subjected to any deductions in
relation to the use of a CSA approved hockey helmet.