- Avoid wearing figure skates. The picks tend to catch on bumps and cracks in the ice surface.
- Dress warmly.
- Wear a certified, properly fitting ski or hockey helmet to prevent head injuries.
- Wrist guards, as well as elbow and knee protection, will help reduce your chance of injury.
- You can rent helmets and wrist guards from Capital Skates locations on the Rideau Canal Skateway (at Rideau and CIBC Fifth Rest Area). A deposit ($) is required.
For more information about helmet safety, on and off the ice, visit the City of Ottawa website.