Frequently Asked Questions
For safety, VSSC requests that anyone interested in participating in the Beginner program have some basic skating experience. Skaters must be able to:
- skate across the length of the rink without assistance;
- glide on one foot;
- forward scull with both feet; and
- snowplow stop with both feet
We recommend age 5 and above.
Yes, we offer a one-month trial program that we call the New Member program. This is a full-time Beginner program that includes free skate rental for the duration of the month.
If your skater wishes to continue after the month an upgrade coupon will be offered to offset the original New Member price. More details here.
Typically, the British Columbia Speed Skating season starts in early September and ends in late March. Optionally you may register as a New Member once per season which has a duration of one month.
Vancouver Speed Skating Club runs practices at Kitsilano Ice Rink:
- 2690 Larch Street, Vancouver, BC V6K 4K9
We love you already! Volunteers are always welcome! Vancouver Speed Skating Club is a non-profit sports club that is run by volunteers. All our executive members run the club in their spare time. We encourage all members and families to help in daily activities. Please inquire with another member about how you can help.
Skaters assessed and evaluated by our coaching staff to place them in an environment that is safe and appropriate for their skill level. All VSSC skaters start in our Beginner group and are promoted by the coaching staff.
Beginner skaters are not required to go to competitions. However, time standards are used to evaluate promotion to the Advanced group.
No, however, the sooner your child acclimates to skating on speed skates the better. VSSC offers a cost effective skate rental program that alleviates the cost of growing feet and the need for longer blades.
We do not recommend that children from the age of 5-11 purchase speed skates due to growth and technical proficiency changes will affect blade length.
To keep costs down and make entry to the sport easier, VSSC offers skate rentals. The cost of skate rental is included in your registration fee.
Skaters must wear the following mandatory equipment:
- Speed skating-approved helmets, hockey helmets are acceptable
- Anti-cut leather gloves;
- Hard plastic shin guards (similar to soccer);
- Knee pads (as in volleyball);
- Neck protector with a bib;
- Eye wear with an elastic band;
- Anti-cut ankle protectors (Kevlar);
- Rigid skate blade guards.
Short track speed skates cannot be sharpened with traditional skate shop sharpening machines. They must be sharpened by hand. The club offers sharpening clinics at the beginning of the season and has sharpening equipment in the club room. Visit Maintenance and Upkeep here.
Yes, VSSC is very fortunate to have a fantastic photographer that offers very low cost sales of photos of skaters participating at Interclub competitions. All funds go directly back into our programming costs. The Photo Gallery is located at SmugMug. Please visit this link and browse to find your favourite photos