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Program Descriptions

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.

Program Qualifications

PreCanSkate:

  • 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:

  • 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:

  • 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.

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