Parent & Tot CANSkate

Parent & Tot CANSkate is a learn-to-skate program designed to allow a family member to assist the development of young skaters. Skaters will receive hands-on assistance on the ice from a family member who they know and trust. This program is open to beginner skaters with zero skating experience aged 2 to 3. Parent & Tot CANSkate will introduce skaters to the basics of skating through action songs, games and play and prepare skaters for the PreCANSkate program.

Class Format

The instruction time includes a 15 minute off-ice warm up followed by a half hour group lesson on the ice. Skaters will be taught by a Professional Skating Coach and assisted by qualified CANSkate Program Assistants. The focus of this program is to make skating fun and keep the skaters interested in learning! Skating skills taught include learning to stand and balance, skating forwards and skating backwards. Skaters will learn educational concepts while learning to skate at the same time. It is “Playschool on Ice.”

Skaters receive report cards at the end of each session. The CANSkate Coordinator will let parents know when their child is ready to move onto the PreCANSkate program.

Important Parent & Tot CANSkate Requirements:

  • Tots must wear CSA approved helmets.
  • Parents must wear CSA approved helmets unless given permission by the CANSkate Coordinator following an on-ice skating assessment.
  • Parents must wear skates.
  • Parents must have sufficient skating level to be able to support their skater, parents are responsible for assisting their skater, parents must be able to effectively skate on their own.
  • The “parent” can include any member of the skater’s household or member of their cohort. The “parent” cannot change over the course of the program.

Skating Equipment

Skates – Skaters who are in Parent & Tot CANSkate, PreCANSkate, CANSkate or Adult CANSkate may use hockey or figure skates. We advise the purchase of skates 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 skater blades dry. Please also ensure that skates are sharpened regularly, at least once per season. You can also help your skater by ensuring their skates 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 and helmets from United Cycle or Sport Chek. When purchasing skates, please ensure the skates are sharpened.


Hockey vs Figure Skates? Either option is fine and 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. Please refer to the sticker on the back of the helmet to see when the helmet expires. Skaters are required to wear CSA approved helmets until they have earned Stage 5.SaveSave