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LEARN TO SKATE

The CanSkate program is geared to beginners of all ages…children, adults, newcomers to Canada and athletes with a disability (AWAD). Whether you are looking to improve basic skating skills for figure skating, hockey, ringette or speed skating, or wish to skate for recreation, fitness or fun, CanSkate will get you there.

Conducted in a fun, friendly environment, the CanSkate program showcases a comprehensive series of balance, control and agility skills, using a nationally-tested and proven curriculum that supports skater success in developing stronger basic skills on the ice.

Millions of Canadians, including World and Olympic figure skating champions and National Hockey League stars, have taken their first steps on the ice with the CanSkate program. Offered at clubs and skating schools across Canada and delivered by NCCP coaches, CanSkate will help you realize your skating goals.

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.
 

PRE-CANSKATE

For skaters 3-5 years old where the skaters learn optimal basic skating skills. 

8 Fundamental Skills: 

  • Falling down & standing up
  • Balance on two feet
  • Move forward
  • Make snow
  • Move backwards
  • Two-foot twist
  • Two-foot jump
  • 360° march
Coaches & Program Assistants ensure the lessons are full of fun, skills, and learning, and along the way some stories and conversations happen. Once the skaters have completed the 8 required skills they will move into the CanSkate program.
 
 
CANSKATE
 
CanSkate is a learn to skate program for ages 5-15. Conducted in a fun, friendly environment, the CanSkate program showcases a comprehensive series of balance, control and agility skills, using a nationally-tested and proven curriculum that supports skater success in developing stronger basic skills on the ice.
Agility - Jumps & Turns
  • 2-foot jumps
  • 2-foot turns
  • Quick turns
  • 180° glide turn
  • 360° step turn
  • 2 & 1 foot spin
Control - Backwards & Stops Skills
  • Snow slides
  • Push & glide skating
  • Sculling
  • 2 & 1 foot gliding
  • Stops
  • Speed drills
  • Circle trusts
  • Crosscuts

Balance - Forward skills

  • 2 & 1 foot gliding
  • Push & glide skating
  • Sculling
  • Slalom
  • Circle trusts
  • Crosscuts
  • Outside & inside edges
 
 
CanSkate is the feeder program to all other Skate Canada skating programs. 
Click HERE to see what happens after CanSkate.

 

JUNIOR ACADEMY & STAR ACADEMY

Junior Academy is an "invite to participate program".  If you are interested in more information, please contact the club here.  

At the Junior Academy level, skaters will continue to develop their foundational skating skills and be introduced to introductory figure skating skills such as jumps, spins, turns, edges and field moves through 2 sessions a week in a group format. Skaters will work on attaining the higher levels of the CanSkate Badges. Skate Canada requires skaters wear a helmet until they have achieved their stage 5 badge.



EQUIPMENT
  • Figure skates or hockey skates (No bob skates)
  • CSA Approved Hockey Helmet is mandatory. Full face shields are recommended. (No bicycle, ski or snowboarding helmets) 
  • Gloves/mittens & warm comfortable clothing that your child can move in  
  • To watch a video on how to ensure equipment fits properly, click HERE
 
 

 

* 1 Volunteer shift requirement per family for Pre-Can or CanSkaters

**There are NO fundraising requirements for Pre-Can or CanSkaters

 
 
 
 

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