Welcome to the homepage of our skating school!

Shortly about the most important:

  1.  ​Our ice hall is located in Riga, Jugla district;

  2. We specialize in teaching beginner skating according to Canadian skating programm CanSkate;

  3. We invite all beginners starting from 2 year olds up until pensioners;

  4. To participate everyone needs skates and helmet (rentals available);

  5. Additional information and signing up through whatsapp +371 22827843;

  6. Prices: one lesson 1x - 15€, subscription 10x - 100€;

  7. At the location there is a store where it is possible to purchase Jackson Ultima skates and accessories;

  8. At the location there is a skate sharpening workshop where the most professional sharpener Prosharp 2001 is used. 

What we offer

(for children who do not attend our kindergarten):

1. Parent and tot (2 to 4 years old):

Parent and tot is a session designed so that young children can experience skating for the first time in the company of a parent. The same parent must accompany the skater on the ice for each class. The parent must be able to skate forward and backwards, and stop on the ice;

2. Classes for children (5 to 16 year old):

Classes for beginners;

3. Adult classes
Classes for beginners of all ages, also suitable for parents who would like to take part in Parent and toddler classes, but can't skate forward and backwards, and stop on the ice.

 

All classes are held in a group format under the guidance of a professional Coach. All skaters (children and grownups) MUST wear a helmet at all times.

Equipment

 People who are learning to skate, require the following equipment:

  1. Hockey helmet (see helmet guidelines below). Bicycle helmets are not acceptable.

  2. Correctly fitted Figure or Hockey Skates. No Plastic or Adjustable Skates - these will hinder your child's success and development (see skate guidelines below).

  3. Proper clothing - to allow for ease of movement. No jeans or shorts allowed.

  4. Gloves or mittens (waterproof are optimal).

Equipment

 People who are learning to skate, require the following equipment:

  1. Hockey helmet (see helmet guidelines below). Bicycle helmets are not acceptable.

  2. Correctly fitted Figure or Hockey Skates. No Plastic or Adjustable Skates - these will hinder your child's success and development (see skate guidelines below).

  3. Proper clothing - to allow for ease of movement. No jeans or shorts allowed.

  4. Gloves or mittens (waterproof are optimal).

Equipment

 People who are learning to skate, require the following equipment:

  1. Hockey helmet (see helmet guidelines below). Bicycle helmets are not acceptable.

  2. Correctly fitted Figure or Hockey Skates. No Plastic or Adjustable Skates - these will hinder your child's success and development (see skate guidelines below).

  3. Proper clothing - to allow for ease of movement. No jeans or shorts allowed.

  4. Gloves or mittens (waterproof are optimal).

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Examples of Good Skates:

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Examples of Bad Skates:

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Please watch this ice skating safety video:

Proper equipment video:

Choosing the right skates

Wearing the proper skates is very important for your child's success.  Skaters can wear either hockey style skates or figure skates (but for beginner skaters figure skates are recommended because they provide far more stability). Here are some tips for choosing the right skates.

  • Choose lace up skates

    • choose skates that have laces, not clips or dials to tighten. Skates with laces allow for the skate to be better adjusted to fit the child's growing foot. 

  • Avoid Adjustable Skates

    • we DO NOT recommend that you purchase adjustable skates.  While this may seem like a cost saving option for a young child that is growing rapidly, it is really detrimental to their progress.  As you enlarge these type of skates the blade becomes too short for the boot and causes difficulty for the skater to maintain proper balance and technique. Try picking up used skates instead to save on costs.

  • Snug Fit

    • skates should fit snug -  your child should be able to wiggle their toes but their heel shouldn't slide around. As a quick test, get your child to scrunch their toes as far forward as they can, if you can fit more than one finger behind their heel - the skate is TOO BIG.

  • Tying Skates

    • skates should be tied snugly to avoid the foot from sliding around. A snug fit ensures stability, balance, and avoids injury to the ankles. Also, avoid wrapping laces around the ankle - this restricts mobility.

  • Avoid Rental/Cheap skates

    • rental or cheap skates have low quality boots that are uncomfortable for most people. These boots have little to no soft padding that provides comfort during skating. Also cheap blades require sharpening far more often.We recommend to purchase heat moldable skates. This means that the vendor can heat the skates in a special oven in the store for about 8 minutes and then you will put on the warm boot, tie in more tightly than usual and wait for about 15 minutes. After that you have to wait 24 hours before skating. As the special heat moldable material cools down it becomes hard and it will retain the shape of your feet providing you with custom fit. This is especially recommended for people with non-standard feet (e.g. wide feet, flat feet ect.) For more information about heat moldable skates visit: https://jacksonultima.com/blogs/news/heat-molding-figure-skates-and-why

How to properly lace your skates:

Choosing the Right Helmet

All skaters who lack good control/balance when skating forward, backwards 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, and must wear a hockey helmet.

While it may be likely that many 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. Other skaters on the ice have different levels, they may fall and cause other skaters to fall.

  • The helmet should be snug on the head and cover the forehead at least up to two fingers above the eyes to prevent any shifting and maximize protection.

  • Both the strap and helmet should be adjustable

  • Make sure the chinstrap can be adjusted so it gently makes contact under the chin when fastened. There should be a maximum of one finger space between the strap and the chin.

  • 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.

  • Long hair should be tied back:

    • avoid high ponytails...this interferes with the proper fit

    • avoid hair pins or hair clips as they may rub and hurt your child's head

    • braids or cloth hair bands are suggested to keep hair out of your child's face

  • Face Masks/Cages are recommended for first time skaters to protect the teeth and face in case of falls.  They can be removed as the skater becomes more comfortable on the ice and able to control falling

  • 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 certified helmets have a sticker indicating their certification.

Bike helmets are NOT acceptable. Skaters will be prohibited from joining classes until proper protective gear is worn.

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.​

Yes, this is an additional cost for parents, but

  • Most hockey helmets retail for approximately €50. Many hockey helmets are adjustable and could be used for many years of skating both within the club and recreationally outdoors during the winter months.

 

What other tips could be provided regarding prevention of falls and 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;

  • Warm up and cool down appropriately - to avoid muscle strain and stress on the joints

  • Use skill progressions to prepare for more difficult moves; beginners must be taught the proper way to fall and get up;

  • During skill circuits and drills, skaters should be travelling in one direction to avoid collisions;

  • Ensure sufficient space between skaters while executing skills;

  • Avoid overcrowded public skating sessions;

  • Enforce on-ice safety rules:

o    get up quickly after falling down

o    look in the direction of travel when skating backwards

o    no pushing, playing tag or other horse play

o    no gum, candy on the ice

o    keep rink doors closed during sessions

o    stops should be done a safe distance from the boards.

Prices:​

Same for all lessons:

  • 1х - 15€

Subscription:

  • 10х - 100€ (1x - 10€)

Subscription is valid for 1 year.

Promotion - bring a friend and get one lesson for free!

Registration and additional information tel. +371 22827843

(it is best to write us via whatsapp but if you do not want to write, you can also call)

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