Our CanSkate program is 40-minutes in length and focuses on fun, participation and basic skills development. Lessons are taught in a group format by our NCCP Skate Canada Professional Coaches and our volunteer Program Assistants and focus on balance, control and agility. Skaters will receive ribbons and badges as the fundamental skills are achieved. Our coach to skater ratio is 1:10. Parents/guardians are required to stay at the rink side at all times during the skating lessons.
Skaters progress at their own rate and coaches make sessions fun and engaging by using props, fun music and games to promote learning. CanSkate is the feeder program to all other Skate Canada programs including CanPowerSkate (skaters must have achieved minimum Stage 2) and StarSkate (skaters must have achieved minimum Stage 4)
The CanSkate Program
There are 3 fundamental movement stations in the CanSkate program.
Balance (forward strides, glides, edges, crossovers)
Control (backward skating & stopping)
Agility (turning, jumping, spinning)
Skaters are evaluated on an ongoing basis and are awarded ribbons and badges as the learn the required elements. There are 6 stage badges and 18 fundamental movement ribbons. Skaters must complete all three of the A,B,C's in order to receive their badge for that stage. Skaters may move up at the 10-week mark of each season or on coach recommendation.
CanSkate Skills Stage 2-4
Attire & Skates
All skaters must wear a CSA approved helmet-bike helmets & ski helmets are not permitted. Face masks are not required, but are recommended. Helmets must be worn until skaters have passed Stage 5 of the CanSkate program.
Click here for Skate Canada's Helmet Use Policy
Mittens, light splash pants or snow pants, and layers with a warm sweater or jacket are suggested.
Skates: Hockey skates or figure skates (new or used)
Skates should fit properly. There should be enough room for skaters to move their toes but not enough room for their heel to slide. Skates must provide strong ankle support. If the boot it too flexible, the skaters ankles will "cave in" making being on the ice extremely difficult.
Avoid the plastic "ski boot" type skate, as the buckles tend to pop open when skaters fall, and they do not allow for the bending of ankles needed for developing power and speed
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