Our Programs

We offer CanPowerSkate, Learn to Skate, CanSkate, PrePower Skate, and STARSkate programs

CanPowerSkate
For skaters approx 6 years and older; able to skate the length of the ice forwards and backwards and able to stop. All skaters must wear a snug-fitting hockey helmet, CSA approved. No other helmets are acceptable. Hockey gear is recommended.
CanPowerSkate is an action packed, high energy instructional power skating program geared to hockey and ringette skaters that focuses on balance, power, agility, speed and endurance. Skill, techniques and conditioning drill are taught in a progressive format that emphasizes how the skills apply to game situations.

For 2017-18 Season classes begin the week of September 5th. Classes held on Tuesdays 5:45pm and Wednesdays 6pm. Skaters may register for both nights (full session) or either Tuesdays or Wednesdays (a half session).

Learn to Skate
Ages 3 to 5 years
This program is designed especially for preschool skaters and is recommended prior to playing hockey. It introduces children to the on-ice fundamental movements: posture/stance, pushing, gliding, stopping, turning, spinning and jumping.
Learn to Skate graduates enter Canskate with an advantage of having learned the fundamentals of the sport at an early age. All skaters must wear a snug-fitting hockey helmet, CSA approved. No other helmets are acceptable.

For 2017-18 Season classes begin the week of October 11th. See the Schedule page for times/days of the week classes are offered.

CanSkate
Ages 5 years and older
The CanSkate program incorporates fun with the basics of skating forwards and backwards, stopping, turning, jumping, spinning, and edges. The program consists of 6 Stages taught in order of difficulty to ensure a natural skills progression.

CanSkate is Skate Canada’s flagship learn-to-skate program, designed for beginners of all ages. When you sign up for CanSkate you will be in a program that focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development. You will earn badges and ribbons as you learn fundamental skating skills. Lessons are given in a group format and led by a certified professional coach. Professional coaches are assisted by trained Program Assistants. The coach to student ratio is a maximum of 1:10. Skaters progress at their own rate and coaches make sessions active using teaching aids, music and a wide variety of activities that create a fun environment and promote learning. CanSkate is the feeder program to all other Skate Canada Skating Programs, and is presented by BMO Financial Group, reflecting their commitment to grassroots development.

Why sign up for CanSkate?
CanSkate is Canada’s only national learn-to-skate program. It was developed by experts to teach the fundamentals of skating in a progressive and sequential manner.
When you/your child registers for a CanSkate program at your local Skate Canada club, you also become a member of Skate Canada, the national sport governing body for figure skating in Canada.

Canskate Instructors and Program Assistants teach small groups of skaters working at the similar skill levels. Since skaters progress at their own rate, groups will be changing constantly.

All skaters must wear a snug-fitting, CSA approved hockey helmet. No other style of helmet is acceptable. Clothing should provide warmth, allow for movement and provide some protection from falls. Layering of sweatshirts, sweaters, ski jackets, warm waterproof pants and long underwear or leotards is recommended. Warm mittens or gloves are a must. Long scarves are not advised.

For 2017-18 Season, CanSkate classes begin the week of October 11th. See the Schedule page for times/days of the week classes are offered.

PrePower Skating
Ages 5 years and older

Pre-Power is designed for young skaters who can stand up on skates and move forward (shuffle, walk or glide) who may not be ready for CanPowerSkate Level 1. PrePower helps develop basic skating abilities in a power skating-specific environment, including balance skills, forward and backward skating, stopping, turning and agility skills. Pre-Power has been designed to run concurrently with CanSkate sessions.
All skaters must wear a snug-fitting hockey helmet, CSA approved. No other style of helmet is acceptable. Clothing should provide warmth, allow for movement and provide some protection from the falls. Layering of sweatshirts, hockey sweaters, warm waterproof pants and long underwear recommended. Warm gloves are a must. Hockey gear is not necessary. No hockey sticks. Sticks will be provided when needed.

For 2017-18 Season, PrePower classes begin the week of October 11th. See the Schedule page for times/days of the week classes are offered.

STARSkate and Competitive Levels
The Skate Canada STARskate & Competitive Programs provide opportunities for skaters to compete in a variety of competitions from the local to the national and international level. Skaters can compete primarily in singles, pairs, interpretive and dance from Star 1 to Adult  levels.

STARskaters work through testing disciplines from Star 1 to Gold levels. They may advance compete in local, regional, sectional, provincial and national levels. Adult competitions include national and international invitational meets.
Skaters who exhibit aptitude for competitive skating may test in the competitive disciplines of Juvenile to Senior and may advance from club competition to sectional, divisional and national championships and beyond.

Junior STARskate
Any skater who has mastered and has passed the basic skating skills in the Canskate program is qualified to the STARskate program. The individual will work on preliminary dances, Preliminary Skill and introduction to Freeskate (waltz jumps, toe-loops, one-foot spins, etc.) under the direction of a Club coach.  A 15-minute group coaching session is provided at the beginning of skills, dance and freeskate portions of the Pre-Junior and Junior programs. The skaters will also receive some free time to work on their own on their skating elements or to receive small group lessons or   private lessons (at an additional cost) from one of our certified Skate Canada coaches.

Skaters at this level will be working on:
1.     Preliminary Freeskate, and
2.     Preliminary Dance, and
3.     Preliminary Skill
Skaters will receive 15 minutes of club time in dance, skills, freeskate and stroking as conducted by our coaching staff. Private or semi-private lessons are strongly recommended at this level.
Note: Qualification criteria may be waived or amended on an individual basis by coaches and Executive Board agreement.

Intermediate STARskate
Skaters at this level will be working on the following:
Junior Bronze Freeskate, and/or;
Junior Bronze Dance, and/or;
Junior Bronze Skills
Skaters will receive 15 minutes of club time in dance, skills and stroking as conducted by our coaching staff. Private or semi-private lessons are strongly recommended at this level.
Note: Qualification criteria may be waived or amended on an individual basis by coaches and Executive Board agreement.

Senior STARskate
Skaters at this level will be working on the following:
Junior Silver Freeskate and/or;
Junior Silver Dance, and/or;
Junior Silver Skills
Skaters will receive 15 minutes of club time in dance, skills, and stroking as conducted by our coaching staff. Private or semi-private lessons are strongly recommended at this level.
Note: Qualification criteria may be waived or amended on an individual basis by coaches and Executive Board agreement.

For 2017-18 Season, STARskate classes will begin the week of September 6th. See the Schedule page for days/time classes are offered.