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Program assistants are an important component to any successful CanSkate program.
The role of the program assistant (PA) will vary depending on the unique needs and
dynamics of a club but all duties involve assisting the Skate Canada coach in the delivery
of the program. The responsibilities of a PA may include:

• Assist the Skate Canada coach in delivering the program on‐ice and off‐ice
• Demonstrate skills and teaching progressions
• Supervise practice sessions
• Lead warm‐ups and cool‐downs under the direction of the Skate Canada coach
• Reinforce learned skills (follow‐up on coach instruction)
• Lead circuits, drills, group activities
• Distribute awards (stickers, badges, etc.)
• Take attendance
• Be a role model for young skaters

The club coaches are ultimately responsible for selecting and training the best PAs
available to your club and for putting the best CanSkate program possible on the ice.
Candidates must demonstrate:
• A helping nature
• Patience with children
• An ability to communicate ideas clearly
• Reliability
• A sense of commitment to tasks
• Qualities of a good role model
• Ability to lead activities in a creative and enthusiastic manner