CANSKATE is Canada’s only learn-to-skate program for all ages. It focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development in a group lesson format. The technical skills include a focus on teaching and mastering strong basic skills earlier to prepare skaters for all ice sports – hockey, ringette, speed skating and figure skating. Skills have been categorized into the following fundamental areas: BALANCE, CONTROL and AGILITY. Children are placed into groups according to ability and taught by a Professional Coach and assisted by qualified CANSKATE Program Assistants. On-ice delivery focuses on continuous movement and emphasizes the use of newer and more dynamic group teaching concepts including the Fast Track, Fun Zone and station rotation all of which has been proven to
increase practice opportunities and improve the rate of skill acquisition among skaters. More visual aids and music are used to create a fun, stimulating and welcoming environment. Skaters will receive report cards at the end of each session. There is a new series of award ribbons in addition to the Stage 1 – 6 badges. The program in our club is 45 minutes long.
Please note that if your skater has never been on skates before, it is highly recommended to register them in Pre Canskate. Pre Canskate is for all ages of children and designed to have skaters feel confident in the basics of skating.
SKATES – Skaters who are in Pre-CanSkate, CanSkate or Adult-CanSkate may use hockey or figure skates. We advise the purchase of skate boots with laces, not molded plastic skates with buckles. Skates that have an adjustable fit are also not recommended. Skates should be tied snugly with laces tucked away. At the end of every skating session, please wipe your skater’s blades dry. Please also ensure that your skater’s skates are sharpened regularly, at least once per season. You can also help your skater by ensuring their skate are comfortable and fit properly. Toes should be able to wiggle slightly and the heels should be able to lift only slightly as well. We would recommend purchasing skates/helmets from United Cycle or Sport Chek. When purchasing skates, please ensure the skates are sharpened.
Hockey vs figure skates? Either option is fine. There is no one option that is more difficult to first learn on. However, switching from hockey to figure can be a hard transition. So if the family has any ideas of the skater being a figure skater, they should start with a pick!
HELMET – All skaters in our Learn to Skate programs are required to have a CSA approved helmet that is no more than 5 years old. There is a date in the CSA sticker at the back of the helmet to watch if you are not buying this item new. CanSkaters are required to wear CSA approved helmets until they have earned Stage 5.
2019/2020 Fall Session dates:
Mondays: September 16-December 16 (omit Oct. 13 and Nov. 11)
Wednesdays: September 11-December 18
Saturdays: September 14-December 21 (omit Oct. 12 and Nov. 30 for CanSkate Element Event)
CanSkate Element Event (in-house competition): November 30th from 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Family Skate: December 21st from 12:30 – 1:30 pm