CanSkate (including PreCanSkate):
CanSkate is Skate Canada’s flagship learn to skate program designed for beginners aged 3 to adult. The program focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development.
The CanSkate curriculum focuses on balance, control and agility skills taught over 6 stages of learning. Skaters are placed into groups according to their age, skating ability, and the stage(s) they are working on. Skills are assessed on a continuous basis, with badges/ribbons awarded when all skills at a particular stage have been achieved.
All CanSkate programs are taught in group format by National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) certified Skate Canada coaches.
- PreCanSkate is a learn to skate program for children 3 to 5 years of age, with little or no skating experience who have no badges/ribbons completed in the CanSkate program. Skaters are introduced to the basics of skating in a fun, friendly manner. Session includes a short off-ice warm-up to further develop the skating fundamentals. Skaters progress directly into the main CanSkate program upon mastering the PreCanSkate skills. CSA approved hockey helmets are MANDATORY and face masks are highly recommended.
- CanSkate is a learn to skate program for skaters aged 5 and up who have not passed Stage 6 of CanSkate, and skaters aged 3 & 4 who have passed PreCanSkate. CSA approved hockey helmets are MANDATORY and face masks are highly recommended for ALL CanSkate sessions (including Adults/Teens) until completion of CanSkate Stage 5.
- Upon completing Stage 3, skaters can choose to enroll into the CanPowerSkate program.
- Upon completing Stage 4, skaters can choose to remain on their CanSkate session to complete Stage 5 & 6 OR they may complete Stage 5 & 6 during the STARSkate sessions as indicated on the schedule.
- Adult/Teen CanSkate is for beginner skaters aged 14 and up, interested in developing skating skills for recreational skating/exercise, or for eventually playing hockey or figure skating. Adults/teens will share the ice with youth CanSkate, BUT will be placed in their own group. Adult/Teens may participate in other CanSkate sessions for their level but will be placed in groups with children unless specifically stated as an adult/teen group on the schedule. CSA approved hockey helmets are MANDATORY and face masks are highly recommended for ALL CanSkate sessions including Adults/Teens) until completion of CanSkate Stage 5.