CanSkate is a dynamic learn-to-skate program that focuses on fun, participation and fundamental skill development, thereby preparing skaters for participation in any ice sport or to skate as a recreational activity. CanSkate is for beginners of all ages, children or adults, as well as for those wishing to improve their basic skills whether their focus is for figure skating, hockey, ringette, speed skating or leisure. Lessons are taught in a group format by our staff of NCCP certified professional coaches, who are aided by our team of program assistants. Canskaters will learn a complete series of balance, control and agility skills taught in six stages of learning. CanSkate follows Skate Canada’s nationally-tested and proven curriculum and delivery methods. Skaters progress through the program at their own rate and coaches use teaching aids, music and a wide variety of activities that create a fun environment which promotes learning. CSA approved hockey helmets are required for all participants until they have completed stage 5. We also encourage warm, easy to move in clothing and mittens or gloves.
Teen/Adult Learn to Skate:
A specific session for a Learn to Skate program for teens and adults (13 and over). The session will include group instruction for all participants from our team of NCCP certified coaches and introduce the same basic skating skills as those instructed in the CanSkate program. This program provides flexibility to the participants to pop in and out of the group setting to practice independently as they desire.
Junior Star (Canskate Level 6, Star 1&2):
The junior program transitions skaters from CanSkate towards more advanced figure skating skills. The session includes 30 minutes of group instruction provided by our staff of NCCP certified professional coaches. These lessons focus on a variety of skill areas including stroking, edges and turns, and the instruction of figure skating elements such as jumps, spins, field movements and ice dance. The balance of the session is for independent practice. Private lessons are strongly encouraged at this level to assist skaters in their development. Skaters enter this program upon completion of CanSkate stage 6.
Intermediate Star (Star 3&4):
Upon completion of their STAR 2 tests, skaters enter the intermediate program. At this level, skaters receive a 10 minute stroking and skating skills lesson from a professional coach. Private lessons are required.
Senior Star (Star 5 and above):
Upon completion of the STAR 4 freeskate test, or by coach recommendation and board approval, skaters enter the senior program. At this level, skaters receive a 10 minute stroking and skating skills lesson from a professional coach.
Off ice classes are offered in the Fall/Winter season to skaters in Level Junior and higher. Off ice classes help skaters with strength, flexibility, balance, power and endurance, contributing to the overall development of the athlete.
*subject to change
NOTE: Please check with your child’s base coach prior to enrolment to ensure enrolling in the correct level. Base coaches may move skaters at their discretion where justified.