Program and membership information / Speed Skate Rentals / frequently asked questions

Program and membership information

Registration with Speed Skating Canada and Speed Skate Nova Scotia is required for all club members and is included in membership fees.  SSC/SSNS fees are payable only once during the season and will be deducted from the fees shown if already paid for the current season.  Information about the Speed Skating Canada membership categories is available at this link.  If you require membership in SSC/SSNS at a level not included in our program registrations, please contact the Registrar.

Please note that helmets are mandatory for arena programs, and are recommended for skating on the oval. 

Provided that they are wearing speed skates, members can skate during any scheduled speed skating ice time on the oval except when the ice is reserved for competitions or special events.  Check the Emera Oval Calendar for current schedule.


Registration for the dry land program is through the PayPal link below.  Registration for all other programs in now open through the Speed Skating Canada registration system at this link.

An NSMSSC club membership is required for participation in the coached programs.

Introductory level $34
  • Skates during designated speed skate times at the Emera Oval
  • Includes club membership benefits of NSMSSC
  • Does not compete in speed skating events.
  • Skates during designated speed skate times at the Emera Oval
  • Includes club membership benefits of NSMSSC
  • May compete in speed skate events.

Participant level club membership fee includes Participant level membership with SSC/SSNS.  Skaters should contact the registrar if a Competitive or Elite level membership is required.

  • This membership level is for those skaters who are currently affIliated with a speed skating club
  • Skates during designated speed skate times at the Emera Oval
  • Includes club benefits of the NSMSSC club
  • Skates in speed skating events based on affiliation.


DRY LAND TRAINING PROGRAM (see registration link below)
  • This program is designed for all levels of speed skating ability
    • Ten one hour sessions beginning September 8th to late November
    • Training will focus on establishing speed skating skill and fitness
    • First session meets at the Emera Oval, 10 AM Sunday September 8th
  • NSMSSC club membership at the Participant level is required for participation in the long track coached program.
  • This program is for skaters who want to further develop their speed skating skills.
  • Program will focus on speed skating skills, fitness, and race preparation.
    • Sixteen one hour sessions beginning January 2nd, two sessions per week
    • Weekly workout schedules
    • Registration is limited in this program
  • NSMSSC club membership at the Introductory level is required for participation in the Intro to Speed Skating program.
  • Program will introduce speed skating skills to adult skaters.
    • Four one hour sessions beginning January 4th
    • Registration is limited in this program

Training programs listed above are presented for the NSMSSC by Landonedge Consulting.  Todd Landon, ChPC, has over 15 years experience in designing and implementing speed skating training sessions.  Many of our club members have participated in Todd's programs in past years and were totally satisfied with the professionalism and individual attention that Todd demonstrated.

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Skate Rentals

The Nova Scotia Masters Speed Skating Club has a small inventory of speed skates available for seasonal rental to members in good standing of the club.  All skates in the current inventory are a combination of a short track boot, which provides greater ankle support to new speed skaters, and a long track fixed blade.

The NSMSSC Skate Rental Program is a service provided by the club to help skaters get started at a reasonable cost. Once the skater is advanced enough to use intermediate or top-of-the-line equipment, they should consider purchasing their own skates, either new or through the second-hand market.

Contact the club registrar to make arrangements for fitting and rentals.

Conditions of rental:
  • Renter must be a club member in good standing.
  • Skate rental fees are to be paid for in full before removing skates from the club.
  • Skaters must care for skates (sharpening, cleaning, laces, etc.) according to generally accepted procedures prescribed by the club. A club sharpening kit will be available for use at the oval to sharpen skates.  See the attached blade maintenance guidelines.
  • Skaters must accept responsibility for any loss or damage beyond normal wear and make good such damages.
  • NSMSSC reserves the right to ask for the return of the skates at any time for short duration club activities such as Open Houses or Outreach Clinics.
  • The rental fee is $75 for the season (December-March).  The rental fee includes hard guards, which must be worn whenever walking off-ice, and soft guards (soakers) which are used for transportation and storage.
  • All skates guards and soakers must be returned at the end of the season (by April 15) for inventory purposes. At that time they should be clean, sharpened and contain proper laces.


What is "masters" speed skating?

Technically, Masters is an age grouping for competition, which is open to speed skaters aged 30 and older.  But for practical purposes, it refers to speed skating for adults of any age.

Do I have to have been a competitive speed skater to get involved in masters speed skating?

No, masters speed skating is open to adults of all ages and abilities, even if you have never been involved in speed skating before.  It is a fun and social way to stay fit, and if you're interested in competition, that is available too.

Do I have to have speed skates to participate?

If you would like to skate on the oval during the speed skating ice time, you have to be wearing speed skates.  However, if you do not have your own, there are speed skates available in the oval skate rental inventory.  The club also rents speed skates to members on a seasonal basis.

What is involved in joining the club?

If you just want to skate on the oval, you can obtain a Recreational Oval Membership.  This includes your membership in Speed Skating Canada and Speed Skate Nova Scotia.  The club also offers instruction in speed skating through a number of coached programs.


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