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The Pre-CanSkate program is an unparented program designed for children 4 to 5 years of age, who have never skated before or who are not yet confident on the ice. This program teaches children the basics of how to get up when they fall down, how to move forward, basic backward movement and how to stop.
Lessons are taught by Skate Canada Certified Professional Coaches and trained Program Assistants in a group format so children must be somewhat independent and not require one-on-one supervision.
These sessions are shorter in length to accommodate the younger skater. Skaters will learn in an energetic, fun environment using skating aids and toys with the goal of having fun. If your child is able to focus for 30 minutes in a group setting under the direction of the coach, then he/she could give it a try at 3 years old.
We accept 3 year olds in our Saturday program only. Skaters should be able to participate without a parent on the ice.
What do you need to participate?
All you need are skates (we DO NOT recommend "Adjustable or Expandable" skates), a CSA-approved hockey helmet with a cage is mandatory, long pants, mittens, warm sweater or jacket. Dress in layers – it may get warm! Please read Skate Canada's helmet use policy.
Bike/ski/snowboard helmets are not allowed as they are not appropriate head protection for any ice surface and are unacceptable in the Pre-CanSkate or CanSkate programs.
CanSkate is a dynamic learn-to-skate program that focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development. Based on Sport Canada’s long-term athlete development (LTAD) principles, CanSkate centers on physical literacy and the fundamental skills needed to take part in any ice sport or to skate as a recreational activity.
Who’s it for?
For beginners of all ages, as well as for those wishing to improve their basic skills whether their focus is for figure skating, hockey, speed skating or just skating for fun.
Who teaches it?
NCCP-trained professional coaches, assisted by trained program assistants.
What will you learn?
A complete series of balance, control, and agility skills taught in six stages of learning that pertain to hockey, ringette, speed skating and figure skating as well as general recreational skating. CanSkate uses nationally-tested and proven curriculum and delivery methods that guarantee skater success in developing stronger basic skills and developing them faster.
What can you expect?
Action, movement, and fun! Lessons are given in a group format with a coach-to-student ratio of a maximum 1:10. Skaters progress at their own rate and coaches make sessions active using teaching aids, upbeat music and a wide variety of activities that create a motivational environment and promote learning. Badges, ribbons and other incentives are used to benchmark skaters’ progress.