AGES 3-7 YEARS
Class Length: 30-45 Minutes (depends on day)
Pre-CANSKATE is the basic learn-to-skate program for the absolute beginner. This program is geared towards skaters age 3-7 providing the development of basic skating skills in a fun and engaging environment. For skaters over the age 7 who have never skated, please contact the Recreational Program Coordinator via email at firstname.lastname@example.org who will advise you on which program will best suit 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. Skaters will 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.
AGES 5-12 YEARS
Class Length: 45 Minutes
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.
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.
Class Length: 45 Minutes
ADVANCED CANKSATE focuses on CanSkate Stages 4-6. This 45 minute session starts with a warm up and then skaters will be placed into groups and rotate through circuits. Lessons will be taught by Skate Canada professional coaches.
Skaters still working on STAGES 4-6 will receive report cards at the end of the session.
Skaters must wear a CSA approved helmet until they have completed CanSkate Stage 5.