FAQ – Speed Skating

Q: My child is really fast on hockey skates yet doesn’t enjoy playing hockey like the other children. Do you believe that speed skating is something to try?

A: If your child is fast on hockey skates and likes speed… long blade speed skating, offered by the Codiac Cyclones at the AJL Arena Olympic ice in Dieppe, NB, will definitely provide the opportunity to go even faster in a safe and controlled environment that will boost their confidence.


Q: Who should I contact if I’d like my child to try speed skating? How much will it cost to try?

A: Trying out speed skating with the Codiac Cyclones Speed Skating Club is free for the first three times. You can schedule a speed skating stating trial session starting in mid-October. All you need to do is contact our equipment manager and schedule a session during the available dates. Equipment is limited and the number of trial sessions participants at the same time is controlled.


Q: How often are the on-ice practices for those who are new to speed skating?

A: The regular speed skating season starts mid-October and goes until the end of March. On-ice practice sessions for the “Speed Skating Fundamentals” program starts at 17:45 and goes until 19:00 each Tuesday and Thursday at the AJL Arena in Dieppe. Parents must remain in the arena during the sessions and can sit in the heated seats area while their child is having fun and learning about speed skating.


Q: What is the required safety equipment for speed skating and where can I get it?

A: The required list of speed skating safety equipment can be found by clicking this link. Each of the items can be purchased locally or online. The club’s equipment manager will guide you in acquiring the appropriate safety equipment.


Q: Do I have to buy my child speed skates?

A: No. You do not need to purchase long blade speed skates. The club offers a long blade rental program for members that want to use long blade skates.  Our equipment manager can guide you in renting skates from the club.  You can (click here) to contact him.


Q: Where can I go online to purchase speed skating equipment or skins?

A: There are numerous Canadian websites where you can go and see what they have to offer. Here are some of the most common ones:


Q: My child is really fast on hockey skates yet doesn’t enjoy playing ringette like the other children. Do you believe that speed skating is something to try?

A: If your child is fast on hockey skates and likes speed… long blade speed skating will definitely provide the opportunity to go even faster in a safe and controlled environment that will boost their confidence.


Q: How much does speed skating cost?

A: Speed skating is certainly not free yet definitely less expensive than most other sports. Parents love the ice schedule and heated seat areas provided at the AJL Arena Olympic ice surface in Dieppe, NB. Members can join for a full season twice per week, once per week or half seasons. Contact us today for additional information. (Click Here)


Q: What are the 2017-2018 Speed Skating Season fees?

A: These are the fees for club member. Additional members in the same family receive a discount. This list does not include the Learn to Skate program. (See LTS Section for details)

  • Speed Skating Fundamentals (Full Season) : $785 – (Register Now)
  • Speed Skating Fundamentals (Half Season) : $495 – (Register Now)
  • Speed Skating Fundamentals (Once per Week) : $495 – (Register Now)
  • Competitive Speed Skating (Full Season) : $785 – (Register Now)
  • Competitive Speed Skating (Half Season) : $495 – (Register Now)
  • Competitive Speed Skating (Once per week) : $495 – (Register Now)

Q: My child knows how to skate and want to try out speed skating. When would be a good time to try out and see if they like it?

A: Children who have mastered basic skating skills such as “cross overs” can request to come try-out long blades during the “Speed Skating Fundamentals” practice sessions. Considering that safety equipment is required to try speed skating long blades, we ask that you contact our equipment manager who will be more than happy to accommodate your speed skating equipment needs and answer questions. Trying out long blades is free of cost yet parents must fill in a waiver form available at the following link.


Q: If my child starts speed skating will he (she) be required to attend competition meets?

A: No. Speed skating is a recreational sport and members are free to attend (or not) the local competition meets scheduled in the calendar year. However, we do encourage new members to participate in less formal and fun activities occasionally offered by different clubs in New Brunswick.


 

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