Beyond The Skates: Six Other Things You Need For Your Skating Lessons

Posted on: 20 May 2016

If you're signed up for skating lessons and plan on taking them seriously, then it's important to visit a sporting goods store and purchase your own ice skates. But what else do you need in order to succeed and in order to make lessons flow seamlessly? There are six basic items you'll want to add to your kit:

A Skate Bag

Ice skates are a big investment, and you need a proper skate bag to protect them. One that has a specially formed compartment for each skate is best. There are models that you can wheel along behind you and others that sling over your shoulder -- choose whichever you're more comfortable with.

Blade Cloths

If you don't wipe your blades off after each skating session, they'll start rusting. Specially made blade cloths are super absorbent so they get all of the moisture off in one swipe. Purchase two blade cloths so you have one to use while the other is in the wash.

Blade Guards

These are hard, plastic pieces that slip over your skate blades when you're not wearing your skates. They serve two purposes. They keep your blades from getting bent and dinged, and they also prevent you and others from becoming injured by the sharp blades. The package will include instructions to guide you in cutting the blade guards to fit your blades.


Gloves made specifically for skating will make your life so much easier. They're designed not only to keep your hands warm, but also to protect your hands if you fall on the ice -- which will happen a few times when you're first learning! If you have a little extra money in your budget, purchase two pairs of gloves. They get dirty quite quickly, so this way you have a pair to wear while the other pair is in the wash.

Extra Laces

Skate laces love to break at the most inopportune of times. Buy an extra pair or two to keep in your skate bag so you don't miss out on a lesson because your lace snapped. Make sure you buy the right laces for your skate model. Your skate box should tell you what type of laces are compatible.

A Water Bottle

You're going to get thirsty out there on the ice, and you're not going to want to pull your gloves off to open a complicated bottle every time you need a drink. A water bottle that you can open and close with your mouth alone is ideal.

For more information, contact a company like Ontario Ice Skating Arena Skating School.