Skating Programs

 

LEARN-TO-SKATE  PROGRAM

CANSKATE

All programs are taught by a Skate Canada NCCP Certified Coach. Trained Program Assistants are used in Pre-CanSkate and CanSkate programs due to the number of skaters in each group and the number of groups. Occasionally a senior PA will be asked to help in Star 1 lessons at the coaches discretion. 

The Pre-CanSkate program is an un-parented program designed for children 3 + years of age, who have never skated before or who are not yet confident on the ice. This program teaches children the basics of how to get up when they fall down, how to move forward, basic backward movement and how to stop. It's an excellent place to have fun, learn, and start the journey towards any skating discipline. Skaters are taught in a group format, so children must be somewhat independent and not require one-on-one supervision. These sessions are shorter in length to accommodate the younger skater. Skills are learned and mastered at the skaters pace. Skaters will learn in an energetic, fun environment using skating aids and toys with the goal of having fun.

CanSkate is action, movement, and fun! This is the next step after Pre-CanSkate for skaters to continue chasing skating dreams. Here participants are challenged in an interactive, fun, and progressive learning environment to learn skills in three skills sets; Agility, Balance, and Control. These are known as the ABCs of the Learn-to-Skate program of CanSkate. They were specifically designed to encompass hockey, ringette, figure skating, speed skating skills or just for fun; giving each skater the opportunity to go in any skating direction they choose. 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.

Why sign up for CanSkate?

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. CanSkate offers:

1. The Best Curriculum

A complete series of balance, control and agility skills that will prepare skaters for any ice skating sport or recreational skating. Designed for 90% movement so skaters learn in an active and fun group setting.

2. The Best Results

Some of the best skaters in the world learned to skate with CanSkate including Olympic figure skaters, Olympic speed skaters, men’s and women’s Olympic hockey players and NHL players.

·         Provides kids with the best foundation for figure skating, hockey, speed skating and ringette. Introduces a healthy, lifelong activity at an early age.

·         Promotes fun, fitness and participation.

 3. The Best Coaches 

 Nationally certified coaches trained specifically in teaching the mechanics and proper technique of skating. 

 What you need to participate

All you need are skates, a CSA-approved hockey helmet, long pants, mittens, warm sweater or jacket. Dress in layers – it will get cold!  We DO NOT recommend the "adjustable or expandable" skates.

 

STARSkate

Primary Star  level is for young skaters that show growing passion and interest in the sport of figure skating who are moving out of CanSkate and into StarSkate. Skaters moved into this group may still be working on completing their CanSkate Stages but will do so with more coach instruction and begin working on more specific and technical figure skating elements. Once they pass their remaining CanSkate stages they will move into Star 1 StarSkate.

**Helmets are not required in Primary Star.


Star 1 is designed to transition skaters from a Learn-to-Skate environment to a Learn-to-Train environment. Here they will be expected to discipline themselves to practice skills learned in a group setting as the coach helps other skaters in the lesson as well. 

The StarSkate program is recently been revised to give more movement for skaters to learn and excel at a quicker pace. Once finished participants have completed or shown great determination in the CanSkate Stages they are moved to this program. Lessons are given both in group format and private/semi-private format. Semi-private and private lessons are reserved for Freeskate and Artistic programs.

In STARSkate, skaters progress by way of passing assessments in each of the three figure skating disciplines; Dance, Skills, and Freeskate. They will pass each discipline at a different rate as some have a different degree of difficulty then others. Freeskate is the deciding assessment that depicts when you move through the Star 1-10 levels. 

Competitions do be become available to skaters as their confidence builds and they master skills that are required for each level.