What You Need to Know
Skates: You can invest in a pair of skates anytime. Skylands own pro shop also has skates and skating accessories such as blade covers, skate guards, and clothing available for purchase. They also provide skate sharpening service. Skylands Ice World has skates available for rent. Regardless of whether you rent or purchase your skates, there are important tips to keep in mind. Rental skates should be the same size as your shoes or one size smaller. When tying skates be sure to start with the toes and work up through the bottom hooks and/or eyes. Lace skates looser as you progress to the top hooks to allow enough circulation and appropriate ankle flexibility. As skaters progess into more advanced levels, custom boots and blades can be ordered through skating manufacturers. Some reputable names of skate manufacturers include Jackson, Harlick, Riedell, SP-Teri Co, etc.
Helmets are Mandatory: Hats and safety-approved helmets are necessary. Hockey helmet recommended (bike or ski helmet will also do).
Dress in comfortable & warm layers: In general, skaters should wear clothing suitable for activity and that allows for a full range of movement. Suitable skating clothing for girls include tights, leggings, exercise/yoga pants, long sleeved tops, turtlenecks or fitted sweaters, fitted fleece or warm-up jackets. Figure skating dresses and skirts are not necessary at this stage but are of course considered suitable clothing. Suitable skating clothing for boys include track pants, gym pants (provided they are not baggy or loose), sweatshirts, sweaters, fleece jackets or warm-up jackets. Gloves or mittens are strongly recommended. Clothing not suitable for class include jeans, any clothing with loose or baggy pieces, large pieces of jewelery. Clothing with offensive slogans or pictures will not be permitted.