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Parent Info / FAQ

Below you will find parent/participant info for our programs as well as answers to fequently asked questions. CNESA rules & regulations can be found by clicking on this link. If you have any additional questions please email us at or by phone at 403-923-8820.

Do you provide skates/equipment?

No, we do not provide skates or equipment. Participants are responsible for their own skates & equipment which may be purchased at any sporting goods store or stores such as Canadian Tire or Walmart. Below is a list of equipment and clothing requirements for our programs:

  • Mandatory Skate Canada Helmet Policy: All skaters must wear a CSA approved hockey helmet (bike helmets or any other type of helmets will NOT be permitted and skaters will not be permitted on the ice). PreCanSkate skaters must wear a CSA approved hockey helmet with a face mask to protect the face and chin in case of forward falls. For all skaters we recommend helmets with a cage to protect the face.
  • Skates (hockey skates or figure skates with a toe pick) should be lace-up skates with hooks, fit properly, done up tightly enough to hold up the ankles, with little to no movement in the ankle. We do not recommend plastic skates with snaps, buckles or adjustable blades. To help break in new skates, try having your skater wear their skates (with skate guards on the blades) at home and practice sitting, standing or walking. Please click here for info on: how to fit skates and helmets
  • Clothing: warm, comfortable clothing (tights, sweat pants, sweater and/or jackets, snow pants) and mitts or gloves.

CLICK HERE for PreCanSkate & CanSkate equipment and clothing checklist 

How often should skate blades be sharpened & where can I go for sharpening?

Skate blades should be sharpened when they are first purchased and then once or twice more during the session. Coaches will advise if they feel your skaters blades need sharpening. Below is a list of stores in the area that offer blade sharpening:

B &P Cycle: 1717 52 St SE, Calgary, AB T2A 1V1 403-272-7141

Sports Check Sunridge Mall 403-285-2435

Done Rite #3, 5301 21A Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2B 2E9 403-235-5344

Tuxedo Source for Sports 2520 Centre St N, Calgary, AB T2E 2V2 403 277-2872

We are a family in financial need but would like our child/children to participate in sport. What can we do?

The Canadian Tire Jumpstart program offers financial assistance to families who qualify - Please click here to visit the Jumpstart website. 

KidSport Calgary also provides assistance to eligible families - Please click here to visit the KidSport Calgary website. 

Do you use anything on the ice?

We use various items on the ice as teaching aids. Pylons, pool noodles, a parachute, toys and other items will be on the ice at any given time as part of our teaching circuits and activities. Please note we use markers as on-ice teaching tools. We do use washable markers however we cannot guarantee it won’t stain clothing; please keep this in mind. 

What is the Skate Canada membership fee?

Skate Canada is the governing body for the sport of figure skating in Canada. CNESA is exceptionaly proud to be a sanctioned Skate Canada skating school offering the best skating programs in the nation. When you register with CNESA you become a member of Skate Canada and are issued a membership number. The Skate Canada membership fee (paid annually with a membership year of Sept 1- Aug 31) is submitted directly to the Skate Canada national office in Ottawa. The membership fee allows accident insurance at a substantially lower cost, access to high quality internationally recognized learn-to-skate, powerskate and figure skating programs, coaching by qualified NCCP certified professional coaches and access to program materials/merchandise.