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, CONTROLand 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.
CanSkaters are required to wear CSA approved helmets until they have earned Stage 5.