PreSTAR is a program designed for skaters who wish to pursue figure skating. The PreSTAR Program is a stepping stone between our Learn to Skate programs and the STARSkate figure skating program. PreSTAR will focus on edges, spins, jumps, and stroking through small group instruction on the ice, as well as learn more advanced skills specific to figure skating and the STARSkate program. This program is suitable for any skater who has an interest in figure skating, and figure skates are required to participate.
PreSTAR classes are delivered in small groups, rotating through a team of our certified professional skating coaches. The groups will be based on level and age. There will also be an off ice class held either before or after the on ice session. The off ice portion of the class is equally as important as on ice training, and skaters are expected to attend.
For best results and progression, we highly recommend that PreSTAR participants skate at least 2 times per week and attend the off ice portion of the class. We offer PreSTAR sessions three times per week. Please refer to our schedule for class times for more information about this program.
PreSTAR skaters are also invited to attend our various events throughout the season, such as the Rising Star Events, Winter Gala, Family Fun Skate and Spring Ice Show. These events are part of the program and included in registration fees.
The Skating Director will notify parents/guardians once the skater is ready to advance to the STARSkate program.
*Figure skates are required for this program – we recommend visiting United Sport and Cycle for high quality new and used figure skates with a knowledgeable staff in the area of figure skating*
Figure 8 Skating Club is a non-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The success of the Club depends on the volunteer efforts of members. Volunteering with the club is a great opportunity to learn about the sport of figure skating, to meet other club members and have a good time while helping out. It is required that every family with skaters registered in PreSTAR, Adult Learn to Figure Skate or STARSkate to volunteer for 12 credits. Note that the volunteer requirement is by family, not by the number of skaters in the family. The volunteer roles are available for selection upon registration, and you will be able to choose a position that would best work for you. To see the list of open volunteer roles, please click here.
We also have a casino every 2-3 years, with the last one being January 2023 at Pure Casino (7055 Argyll Road). When we have a casino, we ask that all PreSTAR, Adult figure skate and STARSkate members also sign up for a casino shift so that we have a full roster of volunteers for the casino. This casino funding is extremely important to pay for ice rental fees and other program expenses.
We appreciate all our volunteers!
If you do not wish to volunteer there is a volunteer buy out fee of $300 that can be purchased at registration. Note that if the volunteer commitment is not performed, the Club reserves the right to process the volunteer buyout fee at the end of the season.