Learn To Skate Programs

CanSkate is Canada's only national learn-to-skate program. It was developed by experts to teach the fundamentals of skating in a progressive and sequential manner.

When you/your child registers for a CanSkate program at your local Skate Canada club, you also become a member of Skate Canada, the national sport governing body for skating in Canada. Membership benefits in the CanSkate program includes:

 

  • Badges
  • Stickers
  • Report cards
  • Opportunity to participate in a positive healthy lifestyle activity

 

Program Structure

The CanSkate program focuses on the development of six fundamental movements organized in six stages of learning. The skills are arranged in progression, from very simple to the more complex. Each stage has a primary focus. Once the skills on each stage are mastered, a badge is awarded. The series of badges include Stage badges, Fundamental Movement badges and Fitness badges.

 

Lessons are given in a group format and led by an NCCP certified professional coach. Professional coaches are assisted by trained Program Assistants. The coach to student ratio is a maximum of 1:10. Skaters progress at their own rate and coaches make sessions active using teaching aids, music and a wide variety of activities that create a fun environment and promote learning.

 

PARENT & TOT- Age 2-4 Years - With Adult

Each skater is required to have one adult accompany them during the class. With the use of interactive games and activities, we encourage young skaters to become comfortable on the ice. Children will be taught to stand on their own, fall down and get back up on their own and basic forward skating skills.  All lessons are taught in a group lesson format. All classes are 30 minutes in length.
  • Siblings will not be allowed on the ice with the skater and parent
  • The Skate Canada Membership Fee of $45 is included in the fees for the adult to participate in this program.
  • Adults must wear skates to participate.

 

PRECANSKATE

The program is designed for children aged 3 and older.  With the use of interactive games and activities, we encourage young skaters to become comfortable on the ice.  Our NCCP certified Skate Canada coaches teach basic skills such as getting up, stopping, skating forwards and backwards.  The coaches are helped by trained Program Assistants from our StarSkate program.  All lessons are taught in a group lesson format. All classes are 30 minutes in length.

 

CANSKATE

Experienced skaters from 4 years of age and older
  • Skaters will be on the ice for 60 minutes each skating day.
  • The fundamentals of skating are taught, preparing skaters to begin figure skating, hockey, or recreational skating.
  • Skaters are grouped by age and/or ability and progress through a Badge Program.
  • Testing is done on an ongoing basis and groups may be re-organized during the season.

 

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