Session Skating Qualifications
CanSkate: 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.
• CSA approved hockey helmets are MANDATORY and face masks are highly recommended for ALL CanSkate
sessions (including Adults/Teens, and Parent & Tot) 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
Parent and Tot: For skaters 3 to 5 years of age, with little or no skating experience, with the
assistance of a parent/guardian/caregiver. 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 may progress directly into the main CanSkate program upon mastering the Parent and Tot
Requirements for parent/caregiver:
• The parent/caregiver (adult) must be over the age of 18, and comfortable enough skating to
assist their child on the ice. The parent/guardian must be on the ice with the child at all times.
• BOTH child and adult MUST purchase a Skate Canada membership (adult membership added upon
registration in ADULT portion of program).
• ONE parent/guardian must register for EACH child on the ice, and the same adult must assist each
week as the Skate Canada membership is non- transferrable.
CanSkate: For skaters aged 3 and up who have not passed Stage 6 of CanSkate. Upon completing Stage
4, CanSkaters can choose to remain on CanSkate sessions to complete Stage 5 & 6, OR they may
complete Stages 5 & 6 during the Preliminary group figure skating sessions.
Adult/Teen CanSkate: 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
will share the ice with youth CanSkate, BUT will be placed in their own group.
STARSkate: Figure skating for youth and adults
SELECT: Accelerated learn to skate and figure skating program for young skaters, by invitation or coach
recommendation. Parents may also request for an evaluation.
Select team Level 1 skaters must skate on at least TWO sessions per week in the 2017-18 Fall/Winter
season: The Tuesday Select Group session is MANDATORY. Level 1 skaters MUST also skate on one full
Fall/Winter CanSkate session of their choice.
Select team Level 2 skaters must skate on least TWO sessions per week in the 2017-18 Fall/Winter
season: The Tuesday and Thursday Select Group sessions are MANDATORY.
Select team Level 3 skaters must skate on at least THREE sessions per week in the 2017-18
Fall/Winter season: The Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday Select Group sessions are MANDATORY.
Select team Level 4 skaters must skate on at least THREE sessions per week in the 2017-18
Fall/Winter season plus ONE ticket ice session per week: The Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday Select
Group sessions are MANDATORY.
Group Lessons: A skater may move to STARSkate group figure skating lessons as early as completion
of CanSkate Stage 4. Preliminary STARSkaters will complete CanSkate Stages 5 & 6 in group figure
skating lessons. Upon completion of CanSkate stage 6, the skater may continue to skate on a group
session as a Preliminary skater until completion of the Junior Bronze Dance Test (includes Swing
Dance, Fiesta Tango, AND Willow Waltz).
Private Sessions: A skater may skate on a Preliminary STARSkate private upon completion of CanSkate
Stage 6 AND upon approval of the skater’s private coach (due to safety reasons).
JUNIOR: Complete Preliminary Dance test (includes Dutch Waltz, Canasta Tango AND Baby Blues) OR
Preliminary Skills successfully tested
OR the skater can consistently execute and land the following jumps: waltz/salchow/toe loop
INTERMEDIATE: Complete Junior Bronze Dance test (includes Swing Dance, Fiesta Tango, AND Willow
Waltz) OR Junior Bronze Skills
successfully tested OR the skater can consistently execute and land the following jumps
SENIOR: Complete Junior Silver Dance test (including Keats Foxtrot, Rocker Foxtrot, Harris Tango &
American Waltz) OR Junior Silver Skills successfully tested OR Junior Bronze FreeSkate successfully
tested (both elements/solo) OR Junior Bronze FreeSkate Elements only IF a skater has plans to
compete in an out-of-club solo or partner (pairs or dance) competition in the upcoming year that
precludes completion of the complete Junior Bronze FreeSkate test.
JUNIOR/INTERMEDIATE/SENIOR STARSkate GROUP ONLY SESSION (Tuesday session 6:45-7:35 pm): A group
format FreeSkate Program for Junior, Intermediate and Senior qualified STARSkaters. Come improve
and explore with your fellow London Skating Club Skaters in this fun group format figure skating
program. We will be dividing the ice time to focus on various skills including stroking, edges,
jumps, spins, field movements, skating skills and ice dance skills. The promises to be a fun and
Coaching and Lesson format on this Junior, Intermediate, Senior session will be provided in group
format (which is included in your registration fee). Skaters will be divided in groups based on
their abilities and strengths. Private coaching is not permitted during this session.
Qualifications – to skate on this session, a skater must fall into one of the following categories
from qualifications listed above: Junior, Intermediate or Senior!
COST: Includes ice costs, and group coaching costs.
OPEN: Session is open to ALL Preliminary, Junior, Senior and Adult STARSkaters with a private
coach. Preliminary STARSkaters must have passed CanSkate Stage 5 to skate unaccompanied on this
session. CanSkate (Stage 5 and under) and CanPowerSkate skaters can also skate on a portion of this
ice, provided they are accompanied by a private coach at all times. CanSkaters and CanPowerSkaters
(adults included) must wear a CSA approved hockey helmet until completion of CanSkate Stage 5.
ADULT: Adult skaters aged 17 and up, looking to stay fit, develop flexibility, and learn a lifelong
skill. Included with the registration fee is a group stroking session conducted by a NCCP certified
professional Skate Canada Coach. Time is allotted for separate Free Style and Dance segments during
the session. Group and private lessons are also available to all skaters from our coaches at a fee
payable to the coach at the time of the lesson.
Adult skaters with a current Skate Canada membership may also qualify to skate on any STARSkate
session by contacting the London Skating Club office for current session availability and
Required equipment: Adult skaters must wear CSA approved helmets until completion of CanSkate Stage
NEW PROGRAM THIS YEAR!
CanPowerSkate’s Pre-Power is designed for young skaters, approximately four to six years of age who
can stand up on skates and move forward (shuffle, walk or glide) who may not be ready for
CanPowerSkate Level 1 Session. Pre-Power helps develop basic skating abilities in a power
skating-specific environment, including balance skills, forward and backward skating, stopping,
turning and agility skills. The curriculum is presented in three progressive levels complete with
its own awards to encourage participation and to motivate skaters
CanPowerSkate Level 1 is offered this year and is geared towards skaters aged approximately six or
older who already have basic forward and backward skating skills (be able to skate the length of
the rink using alternate strides) and are able to stop on command without use of the boards. For
safety reasons participants should wear full hockey/ringette equipment that is CSA approved.
Level 1 will focus on:
• Forward Stride
• Backward Stride
• 180 Tight Glide Turn (both directions)
• Backward Snowplow Stop
• Forward Side Stops (two feet-both directions)
*LEVELS 1 GOLD TO LEVEL 6…STAY TUNED FOR OUR NEW REVISED PROGRAM COMING IN THE SUMMER OF 2018!