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Skate Canada’s Learn to Skate program for children and adults

Skate Canada’s flagship learn-to-skate program, designed for beginners aged 3 to adult. CanSkate focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development.

Group lessons are provided by NCCP certified Skate Canada coaches. CanSkate skills are divided into stages. 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 are awarded when all the skills at a particular stage have been achieved.

Required equipment:

  • 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.
  • Hockey equipment may be worn once skaters can move comfortably on the ice. Check the website for a list of coaches who are available for private lessons if parents wish additional instruction for their skater.


A learn to skate program for children 3 to 5 years of age, with little or no skating experience. 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 for ALL PreCanSkate sessions.


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.
Upon completing Stage 4, CanSkaters can choose to remain on CanSkate sessions to complete Stage 5 & 6, OR they may complete Stages 5 & 6 as PrePreliminary skaters on the PrePreliminary/Preliminary group figure skating sessions.

CanSkate (Adults/Teens):

For beginner skaters age 14 and up, interested in developing skating skills for recreational skating/exercise, or for eventually playing hockey or figure skating. Adults/teens are welcome to skate on ANY CanSkate session, BUT will be placed in their own group only on designated sessions – this spring, on Monday and Wednesday evenings.