Required Equipment

See visuals from Speed Skating Canada HERE

  1. Speed skates – rentals available
  2. Skate guards – come with rental skates
  3. Skate ‘socks’ or ‘soakers’ – purchase from KWSSSC for $10
  4. Helmet – hockey or ski helmet acceptable; bike helmet not acceptable
  5. Neck protector with a bib (“goalie style”)
  6. Knee pads (such as used in volley ball)
  7. Hard shell shin guards (such as used in soccer)
  8. Cut resistant gloves, including leather
  9. Protective sport glasses with strap
  10. Recommended: cut-proof ankle protectors (note: required at competition!)


Clothing which enables free movement and covers ankles and wrists is all that is required to get started. Track pants and a comfortable, long-sleeve top (or tops in layers to be shed if too warm) are good when first beginning indoor skating. Many recreational skaters find that a comfortable and functional outfit is a relatively snug fitting top combined with a pair of long, spandex tights. Avoid overly large or bulky clothing.

Skaters who progress to competition level will usually dress in a comfortable and functional top and tights for skating or in the traditional “Skin Suit” which affords minimum wind resistance and maximum mobility.

Skin suits can be purchased through a club order. If you purchase a club suit, be sure to read our tip sheet on how to look after your club skin suit to ensure you get the maximum number of years out of your investment. Skin suits may also be rented from KWSSSC for a small daily fee to wear at competitions. 

Where to Buy

We are fortunate to have a KW Cobra as SouthWestern Ontario’s speed skating equipment supplier: Mitchell Schrumm! Equipment may be purchased through his online webstore, or by contacting Mitch directly. Mitch also sets up selling booths at competitions.




Safety Mats

To further ensure skater safety, much of the arena is lined with high-density foam pads, referred to as mats. These are present at all practices and competitions, to cushion any collisions with the arena boards.

Skate Care

Hard skate guards should always be worn when walking off-ice. Please wipe down skate blades after each practice and cover in soft ‘skate socks’ or wrap in towels to bring home. Lay your skates and hard guards out to dry at home before putting the hard guards back on to prevent rust from forming on the blades. KWSSSC sells skate ‘socks’ for $10 each! These are required for all rental skates.

Rental skates are hand-sharpened by club volunteers, but we encourage everyone to learn! In-person sharpening clinics are held throughout the season. Check out instructional videos by Paul Shoebridge here