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CanSkate is a 45 minute program for skaters ages 3 and up. It teaches basic skating skills and fundamental movements such as how to go forward, go backward, stop, turn, spin and jump. This program emphasizes fun and continuous movement. It is taught in a group lesson format and accommodates skaters in Stages 1, 2, and 3. Skaters are rewarded with official badges as they progress through the stages.

Pre-CanSkate follows the same curriculum as the CanSkate model but is catered specifically to our 3-5 year olds. There are weekly sessions that are either 30 or 45 minutes long and skaters will be assessed and receive badges under the same guidelines as the CanSkate program.

Advanced CanSkate is 45 minutes of continuing CanSkate instruction for experienced skaters who have progressed to Stages 4, 5, and 6. Skaters develop superior basic skating skills in preparation for figure skating, hockey or ringette.

Junior Prep offers opportunities for skaters of all ages and Stages 4, 5, and 6 to develop fundamental figure skating skills in the areas of ice dance, skating skills, free skate and interpretive skating. This program teaches figure skating skills in a group lesson format in a progressive and sequential manner. Skaters have the opportunity to arrange private lessons, take Skate Canada tests and compete at local competitions. It also serves as a springboard for skaters to enter either the STARSkate stream or the Competitive Stream of figure skating.

Intro, Open and FreeSkate sessions are available for our figure skaters.

We have developed a new CanSkate program based on Sport Canada’s long term athlete development (LTAD) principles. Exciting new features include a fresh new look, new awards, great tools for coaches and most importantly a tested and proven new curriculum and delivery methods that guarantee skater success in developing stronger basic skills and developing them faster. But there’s more! The new program also includes specific skills that pertain to hockey, ringette, speed skating and figure skating. The result is a dynamic new program that prepares all skaters for virtually every ice sport.

Skate Canada is also proud to have all its programs taught by professional coaches who are specially trained and certified through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).

Our clubs from across Canada are excited as they prepare to welcome and serve learn-to-skate clientele from every walk of life, age and every interest level.

What is CanSkate?

CanSkate is a dynamic learn-to-skate program that focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development. Based on Sport Canada’s long term athlete development (LTAD) principles, CanSkate centers on physical literacy and the fundamental skills needed to take part in any ice sport or to skate as a recreational activity.

Who’s it for?

For beginners of all ages, children or adults, as well as for those wishing to improve their basic skills whether their focus be for figure skating, hockey, speed skating or just skating for fun.

Who Teaches it?

NCCP-Trained Professional Coaches, assisted by trained program assistants.

What will you learn?

A complete series of balance, control and agility skills taught in six stages of learning that pertain to hockey, ringette, speed skating and figure skating as well as general recreational skating. CanSkate uses nationally-tested and proven curriculum and delivery methods that guarantee skater success in developing stronger basic skills and developing them faster.

What can you expect?

Action, movement and fun! Lessons are given in a group format with a coach-to-student ratio of a maximum 1:10. Skaters progress at their own rate and coaches make sessions active using teaching aids, upbeat music and a wide variety of activities that create a motivational environment and promote learning. Badges, ribbons and other incentives are used to benchmark skaters’ progress and reward effort and participation.