Helping You Have Fun & Skate Safe

Planet Ice have developed the Return to Training – Ice Skating Guidelines for learn to skate lessons working with rink managers and other Ice Sport’s National Governing Bodies to produce the following guidelines for our programmes and disciplines.

  • We are now a cashless operation, so all lessons need to be booked in advance.
  • Vending machines (cashless) are available, café outlets remain closed.
  • Arrive to the rink at least 15 minutes prior to lesson to fill out any necessary forms.
  • Face mask or coverings will be mandatory in all off-ice areas.
  • Staff / Coaches will be wearing face masks or covering when in the arena.
  • Skaters need to leave the building after their lessons and the Public Skate is available only if booked and paid for in advance.

PHYSICAL DISTANCING

Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 by making a conscious effort to keep a physical distance between each other.

  • Avoid common greetings, such as handshakes, a kiss or a hug
  • Keep a distance of at least 2 arms lengths (approximately 2 metres) from others.
  • Put skates on in the car, if possible.
  • Keep all personal equipment in a secure bag or leave it in the car.
  • Coaches will use verbal cues when instructing students rather than physical contact.
  • All warm-ups should be done outside of the building, weather permitting where possible & if safe to do so.
  • Skaters should enter/exit ice at staggered times and separate entrances in accordance with the rink guidelines.
  • Lesson plans should be adopted to ensure skaters and coaches are keeping a distance of at least 2 arms lengths. Utilize markers on the ice and new activities to ensure spacing is maintained.

HYGIENE

Proper hygiene can help reduce the risk of infection or spreading infection to others:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when entering the building.

PROGRAMMING CONSIDERATIONS

Planning:

  • Lessons have been scheduled to allow for skaters to exit and enter with minimal overlap or contact.

During sessions:

  • Work with the facility operator to establish traffic flow patterns to discourage gatherings.
  • Skaters arrive “rink ready”.
  • Warm-ups can occur outdoors in a safe area, where social distancing can be followed.
  • We will encourage constant movement on the ice.
  • All skaters must bring their own personal items (gloves, facial tissues, water bottles, etc.)
  • We will be utilising lanes for class/group work.
  • No hands-on assistance unless a safety issue arises. Coaches will use verbal cues when instructing students rather than physical contact.
  • There will be limit coach/skater contact during lessons.
  • Lesson plans may be adapted to ensure skaters and coaches are practicing physical distancing.

Post sessions:

  • We will encourage people to stagger their departure to clear the area for the next session.
  • Suggest cool down activities to be performed at home or in an outdoor safe area, where social distancing can be followed.
  • At the end of each session disinfect all equipment and surfaces.

Parent & Toddler Sessions / Ice Penguin lessons:

  • We will be reducing numbers on the ice (a maximum of 6 children plus accompanied adult per coach)
  • Skating aids will be used as additional support at all times
  • All equipment will be fully disinfected prior and after use (this will be undertaken by rink staff)

Skate Excellence Guidelines:

  • We have reduced our numbers on the ice per lesson.
  • Coaches will aim to keep the pupils moving during lesson
  • Each individual rink will determine how best to subdivide/utilise the ice space dependent on the Skate Excellence level being taught & numbers within the group
  • MAXIMUM NUMBER OF SKATERS PER COACH will be 10.