The following "Right of Way" order is to ensure safety for all skaters on the ice and is in effect during all Club sessions.
The "right of way" goes first to the skater in a harness, then to the skater who is being coach assessed, then to the skater wearing the belt (whose music is playing solo or dance), then to the skaters in a lesson. The skater performing the program must also keep an alert eye open. Note that there are usually multiple lessons at the same time. Other skaters must avoid undue interference with the skaters who have the "right of way". Skaters having the "right of way" must also remember to keep an alert eye open to avoid collisions and may respectfully remind others of "right of way" i.e.: two skaters in a lesson.
It is common etiquette to make extra effort to stay out-of-the-way of priority skaters, however, you do not have to stop skating and stand at the boards.
All skaters who accidentally run into each other or cut each other off are encouraged to say, “I’m sorry” or excuse themselves in a polite manner (screaming "Excuse Me!" is unacceptable), even if it appears that the other person is more at fault. It shows graciousness, maturity and respect - qualities that bring out the best in all of us.
It is important to be aware, cautious and considerate of other skaters. We have many different levels of skaters that share the same ice.
Ice Usage and Skater Behaviour
Dangerous Singles Moves
When you are practicing elements like camel spins and back spirals be especially aware of the danger your exposed blade poses to other skaters. Recognize that once you've started the element it will be hard for you to see those around you. Take a good look at your expected "space" before you start the element, and abort it if it looks like you could cause a problem. Other skaters are expected to give the skater free maneuvering room once performing such an element.
Rink Corners attract skaters performing "Lutz" jumps
Because of the nature of the Lutz jump, it is most commonly performed in opposite corners of the rink. These corners are informally called the "Lutz Corners". Strive to avoid long-term practice activities in these corners, and be especially aware of your surroundings when you are in them. The approach to a Lutz is long and blind. The skater doing the Lutz is not likely to see you.
Falls and Injuries
When you fall, get up quickly. Other skaters will have a much harder time seeing you when you are down low on the ice. Don't stay there any longer than you have to. While falling, keep your fingers away from your blades. Learn to fall properly so that you can protect your head as much as possible. Learn to keep "loose" when you fall and this will help you to avoid breaking things.
If you see someone else that has fallen and may be injured, don't just drag them off without being certain that doing so won't hurt them further. If you suspect that someone is seriously hurt, the best thing to do is: