Pre-CANSKATE is the basic learn-to-skate program for the absolute beginner offered by the club. This program is geared towards skaters age 3-7 and is designed to give them the very basics of skating and to be a fun experience. For skaters over the age 7 who have never skated, please contact the skating director at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will advise you on where to register your child.
Children are placed into groups according to ability and taught by a Professional 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 range from learning to stand and balance to going forwards and backwards. Skaterswill learn educational concepts while learning to skate at the same time. It is a “Playschool on Ice.” This half hour group lesson is taught by a Professional CANSKATE Coach with assistance from our Program Assistants. Pre-CANSKATERS receive report cards at the end of each session. Coaches will let parents know when their children are ready to move onto the regular CANSKATE program.
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 moulded 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
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