Ice Etiquette & Safety Guidelines

Be Aware

It is important for everyone’s safety that all skaters and coaches remain aware of other skaters on the ice. Try to anticipate their patterns and intentions as you decide on yours.

• If you are an inexperienced skater, please be extra careful to keep aware of other skaters for both your and the other skaters safety.
• If you are an experienced skater, please be patient with the less experienced skaters. Remember you were once new to this too!
• Please be understanding if someone gets in your way.
• Remember to look both ways when leaving the barrier or when stepping onto the ice.

Falls and Injuries

• If you should fall, get up quickly.
• If you see someone else is that has fallen and may be injured, don’t just pick them up without being certain that doing so won’t hurt them further. If you suspect that someone is seriously hurt, do not crowd the injured person but have someone stand “guard” over them so that other skaters avoid additional collisions and get a qualified member of staff or adult to come and help them.

General Rules

• Ensure that you have signed in and paid for each session before using the ice.
• Drinks should be placed in the designated area. No breakable containers are allowed rink side.
• Please pick up all belongings (including dirty tissues, drinking cups, bottles etc) at the end of the session.
• Coaching by parents from the barrier is not allowed. You are paying the coach to do a job…let them do it!
• Please don’t stand around chatting. If you must talk to someone do it off the ice.

Priority on patch ice is given as follows:

• Skaters and coaches in lessons running through routines with music.
• Skaters running through routines with music.
• Skaters and coaches in lessons.

Prohibited Behaviour

• No digging, kicking, scraping the ice with your blades or kicking the barrier.
• No verbally abusive language or bullying behaviour towards other skaters and coaches.
• No deliberate challenging, scaring or intentionally blocking of other skaters.
• Videotaping anyone other than your skater is strictly prohibited without prior permission.