PreCanSkate is a component of the CanSkate program and is a great start for those skaters age 3+ with little or no skating experience.
Our PreCanSkate program is 30 minutes in length and focuses initially on 8 essential skills needed to move safely and effectively on the ice and continues with Stage 1 of the Canskate program for those skaters who are ready.
Lessons are taught in a group format by our NCCP Skate Canada Professional Coaches together with volunteer Program Assistants.
Our coach to skater ratio is 1:10. Visual aids, props, toys and music are incorporated into our sessions to motivate skaters. Parents/guardians are required to stay at the rink side at all times during the skating lessons.
Attire & Skates
All skaters must wear a CSA approved helmet - bike helmets & ski helmets are not permitted. Face masks are not required, but are highly recommended for skaters at the PreCanSkate level.
Mittens, light splash pants or snow pants, and layers with a warm sweater or jacket are suggested.
Hockey skates or figure skates (new or used)- with strong ankle support. 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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