Borrowing a sledge: Frequently asked questions

Does City of Guelph have sledges for use by the public?

Yes. We have 6 sledges available for use during public skates at West End Community Centre. Sledges can be reserved up to 23 hours prior to public skates by calling 519-837-5699 or in person at the customer service desk

How will I know which sledge to use?

When you are sitting in a sledge, your knees should be slightly bent and your feet should be supported on the strap at the end of the sledge. You may need to shorten or lengthen the leg support. Your hips should fit snuggly in the bucket.

Types of sledges available

City of Guelph has 6 sledges with varying bucket sizes to accommodate hip sizes ranging from 10-16 inches.  All sleds are adjustable in length and have an optional push handle.  Sizes are as follows:

Sledge ID # Sledge Description Size Weight (approximate)
1 10” Bucket Extra Small Youth 50-75 pounds
2 12” Bucket
*high back for additional support
Small Youth 100-120 pounds
3 13” Bucket Medium Youth/Small Adult 120-140 pounds
4 14” Bucket Large Youth / Small to Medium Adult 120-170 pounds
5 14” Bucket
high back for additional support
Large Youth / Small to Medium Adult 120-170 pounds
6 16” Bucket Large Adult 170-225 pounds

For more info on sledge fitting guidelines and equipment watch these videos:

Will an arena attendant help me get into the sledge?

No. The attendant will tell you how to get in and out, but you should be able to do this on your own. If you need help to get into the sledge, you need to ask a family member or friend to assist you.

How do I move myself forward in a sledge?

You will be provided with two sticks that have picks on the ends. Push yourself by digging the picks into the ice. Use caution and keep aware of the people around you.

Can someone push me in my sledge?

Yes, but they must wear skates. There is an optional push bar available with the sledges.

Do I need good balance to use a sledge?

Yes. You may tip over while trying to use a sledge. It can be very hard to get back upright. Make sure you have a family member or friend close by to help you if you’re unsure of your balance.

Do I need to wear protective gear while using a sledge?

A CSA approved helmet is mandatory. You may also want to wear protective gloves and elbow pads.

How do I learn more about Para Ice Hockey and Sledge Skating?

For videos on equipment, para ice hockey skills and lots more go to: All Sports All People Website

Need assistance accessing a sledge?

If you need assistance with accessing a City of Guelph sledge, contact the Inclusion Coordinator at 519-822-1260 extension 2701 or [email protected].