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Must Have Tips on Local Skating Rinks And Staying Safe


Skating rinks in the Hamilton & Niagara area is the great way to have fun in the winter season but it’s equally important to save yourself from getting injured. Derek Wilson Law has shared some effective safety tips for a winter skate that will minimize the chance of injury on the ice. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Must Have Tips on Local Skating Rinks And Staying Safe

Must Have Tips on Local Skating Rinks And
Staying Safe
Skating rinks in the Hamilton Niagara area a
great way to enjoy the winter season!
  • Nothing says winter like a nice long ice skate,
    followed by hot chocolate and marshmallows. Its
    quintessentially Canadian, what with our love for
    hockey and winter sports.
  • Its also great exercise, even if youre not
    particularly good at it! (Just staying upright is
    work for many of us!)
  • Actually, this low impact exercise can help with
    your balance coordination, forcing you to use
    muscles to stay upright that you dont use for
    walking, or even running, to say nothing of
    toning up those larger muscle groups in your legs
    and your core.

Gearing Up For A Winter Skate
  • What to wear The key with staying warm without
    overheating while youre skating is to leverage
    the power of layers. Leave the super size parka
    at home or in the car and opt for fleece and a
    wind breaking layer, if youre at an outdoor
    rink. Even with an indoor rink, make sure you
    layer up and dont forget gloves if you fall,
    your hands will need some protection.
  • Buy good skates Next, if you plan to go out on
    the ice more than once or twice a season,
    investing in a pair of skates is worthwhile
    theyll fit better and youll be more
    comfortable. Hockey skates are ideal as they are
    light and well built, instead of figure skates.
    If youre buying used, make sure you have the
    blades sharpened before you head out. Dull blades
    are actually harder, and more dangerous, to skate

Gearing Up For A Winter Skate
  • Protect your head Finally, a helmet,
    particularly for a new skater, is a good idea. If
    you fall backwards, you run the risk of hitting
    your head on the ice. A hockey helmet will do the
    trick, whether or not you ever plan to play the
    game. If youre planning on taking skating
    lessons, a CSA approved helmet designed for
    skating will be required.

Safety For A Winter Skate
  • Lessons are a great idea for kids and
    adults who are new to the sport. There are safer
    ways of falling that will minimize the chance of
    injury, which you can learn in a lesson.
  • Also, you can get to a point of being
    proficient on the blades sooner, dragging your
    ankles on the ice less, if you take some lessons.
  • Skate in the same direction as everyone
    else at the rink and teach your kids to do the
    same. A lot of accidents happen when someone is
    goofing off going in all directions, getting in
    the way of other skaters.

Safety For A Winter Skate
  • If youre skating on a pond or lake, you
    need to watch for ice safety. Popular natural
    skating areas will usually have a marked area
    where skating is allowed and has been deemed
    safe stay within the markers! Ice needs to be at
    least four inches thick to be considered safe, so
    check in with locals who are maintaining the ice,
    before heading out.

Skating Options In The Hamilton Area
  • The Hamilton Waterfront Outdoor Rink Pier
  • This is a great spot for a skate, with rentals
    available if you need them! Usually open in
    December, you can check in on conditions online.
    Dont forget to stop in at Williams Fresh
    Cafe for some coffee or a hot chocolate, right on
    the waterfront!
  • Wentworth Arenas 
  • This is a great option if you want to get a group
    together for a skating birthday party or are
    interested in joining a hockey league.

Skating Options In The Hamilton Area
  • Mountain Arena 
  • With open skate times for individuals, adults,
    and families, check out the times and dates
    online and plan an outing. Helmets are required
    for kids 6 and under (and recommended for
    everyone else!). Other city run rinks and arenas?
  • Olympic Arena
  • Morgan Firestone Arena
  • Saltfleet Arena
  • Stoney Creek Arena
  • And others check here for more information!

Skating Options In The Hamilton Area
  • For those closer to Burlington you can search
    for public skating options here!
  • Skating is a great way to stay in shape and have
    some fun through the long winter months, so gear
    up and stay safe out on the ice!
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