Ice skating


​Guideline review date: 28 October 2021

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​This guideline is provided to support schools in implementing the managing risks in school curriculum activities procedure.

The CARA planner must be used for the specific school context in conjunction with this guideline considering additional risks, hazards and controls and including environmental, facility, equipment and student considerations.​

For activities beyond the scope of ​this guideline, complete a CARA record using the CARA generic template.

Activity scope

This guideline relates to participation in ice skating as an activity to support curriculum delivery.

For activities conducted at a non-Department of Education venue, and/or when engaging external expertise, request written risk assessment advice and attach it to this CARA record.

For activities conducted off-site, schools must comply with the school excursions procedure.​

Medium risk
Ice skating activities at an ice skating rink​
Activity requirements

If any requirement cannot be met, the activity must not occur.

If any other safety recommendation cannot be met, modify the activity (or elements of it) and/or identify and use the hierarchy of controls to implement alternative control measures to meet or exceed the minimum safety standard.

Prior consultation with the facility management is recommended for expert advice, emergency support mechanisms and additional supervision requirements to ensure participant and public safety. 


Parent consent (DOCX, 306KB) is required for all activities conducted off-site.


Principals make final supervision decisions for the activity. Sufficient adult supervision must be provided to manage the activity safely (including emergency situations).

For activities with students with a medical condition or disability that may impact on safety during the activity, consultation with parents is required prior to allocating supervision to determine the impact of students' medical condition or disability on safety during the activity. 

The number of adult supervisors required to fulfil emergency and supervision roles must consider the nature of the activity, students' ages, abilities and specialised learning, access and/or health needs.

Before the activity, all adult supervisors:

  • must be familiar with the contents of the CARA record.

During the activity, all adult supervisors:

  • must be readily identifiable
  • must closely monitor students with health support needs
  • must comply with control measures from the CARA record and adapt as hazards arise
  • must suspend the activity if the conditions become unfavourable (e.g. overcrowding). 

Supervisor qualifications

Principals make final decisions in determining supervisor capability (competence, relevance and currency) and are responsible for encouraging and enabling school-based activity supervisors to raise their qualifications to improve safety standards.

All adult supervisors must comply with the working with children authority—Blue Cards procedure and be able to identify, and respond to, risks or hazards that may emerge during the activity.

A registered teacher must be appointed to maintain overall responsibility for the activity.

For medium risk activities:

  • A registered teacher with competence (knowledge and skills) in teaching ice skating or
  • An adult supervisor, working under the direct supervision of a registered teacher, with accreditation as a from Level 0 coach from Ice Skating Australia.

Facilities and equipment

The qualified adult supervisor of the activity, in consultation with the principal, determines the requirements for facilities and equipment appropriate to the local context. 

Location must be suitable for the activity being undertaken, including sufficient space, adequate lighting and ventilation to ensure safe participation and that safety rules and procedures can be followed.

Participants must wear personal protective equipment appropriate to the activity (e.g. protective clothing to prevent ice grazes, wrist guards). For speed skating activities, participants must wear properly fitted speed skating helmets.

 Common hazards and controls

Further to those listed, include any additional hazards and control measures considering the local context of the activity.

Environmental hazards Control measures

Biological hazards
Body fluids (e.g. blood, saliva, sweat)

Follow appropriate cleaning and hygiene management practices when using shared equipment (Departmental staff search "cleaning advice for shared equipment" in OnePortal).

Environmental conditions

Monitor participants for cold related illness (e.g. hypothermia). Wear warm clothing on the rink if required.

Ensure drink breaks occur regularly. Make water available for individual participants between drink breaks.

Facilities and equipment hazards Control measures

Boundary clearance

Establish and implement exclusion zones to maintain a safe activity area for beginners.


If the power is required on the ice:

  • use portable safety switches, where there are no residual current devices installed 
  • do not use extension leads, electrical equipment and cord.
  • use battery powered or non-powered equipment. 

Faculty or dangerous equipment 

Use markers made from non-injurious material (e.g. soft plastic, foam).

Check equipment (e.g. skates, wrist guards if worn) for damage before and during the activity.

Ensure boots fit snugly around the ankle and have toe stops.

Lace boots very firmly across the instep and ensure laces do not hang below the ankle. 

Playing surface

Check the skating area is well lit. Isolate any shaded or dark areas to be avoided by all participants.

Check the skating surface is hard, flat and free of any major cracks.

Clear the skating surface from any water, loose items or debris.

Continually monitor the ice surface for debris and ice build up. All participants must leave the rink when the surface is being cleaned.

Student considerations Control measures
Biological material

Manage bodily substances (e.g. blood) and open wounds before, during and after the activity. Consult Infection control guidelines and Queensland Health’s Exclusion periods for infectious conditions poster for hygienic practices and first  aid.

Physical contact

Breaks, Sprains, Cuts, Abrasions, Grazes, Collision 

Consider additional protective equipment (elbow, knee, wrist guards and/or helmet) appropriate to participant age and ability.

Designate specific fast skating times for participants with the appropriate skills only. 

Physical exertion
Exhaustion and fatigue 

Conduct warm-up/cool-down activities.

Continually monitor participants for signs of fatigue and exhaustion.

Student issues

Remove accessories (e.g. jewellery, lanyards) before participating.

Ensure fingernails and hair clothing (e.g. trouser legs, shoelaces) do not interfere with the activity. 

Warn students on the injury risk when their hands are on the floor surface. 

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Last updated 13 July 2022