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All skating and off-ice cancelled for the remainder of the FALL sessions. Visit our COVID-19 Update page.  
Registration is open for Winter sessions!

Pre-CanSkate

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.

Pre-CanSkate – Cancelled for 2020-2021

due to COVID-19

Due to the limitations of Physical Distance in a non-cohort environment, Pre-CanSkate and Inclusive Skating may not be offered until further notice.

 

Check out our NEW program:

CANSKATE - Parent and Tot


 

CanSkate

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?

***All participants must be 5 years old and have some skating experience. ie: be able to skate the length of the ice and be able to fall down and stand up on their own.***
 
If your child has skated with our club in previous years and is below the current age limit, contact us to register! - info@lbfsc.ca
 
CanSkate is 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.

COVID-19 Return to Skate

CanSkate COVID-19 Procedures - Please read

Spectators:

  • ONE parent/guardian per family is now welcome in the facility to spectate from the lobby. 
  • Parents cannot watch from inside the small arena.
  • Spectators must still wear a mask and maintain 6ft physical distancing.

Dressing Rooms:

  • Dressing rooms are only used for putting skates on.
  • Dressing rooms cannot be used to change clothes.  The doors must always stay open as these are co-ed rooms.
  • Skaters must continue to wear their masks in the dressing room.
  • Skaters must keep their belongings with them in a small bag. Dressing rooms cannot be used to store belongings.

Other Notes:

  • It is imperative that you arrive early and be on time for your skating session
  • If you arrive late, you must have your skater wait inside the door to the small arena until the coach is able to come off the ice to administer the health questionnaire and check the skater in. Do not send them on the ice if they are late. 
  • Please understand that when a skater is late, it disrupts the ongoing lessons as the coach must leave the group they are teaching to perform the COVID-19 procedures. Please arrive on time.
  • All Skate Canada Guidelines and Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Protocols must be met for all CanSkate sessions during COVID-19
  • All coaches and program assistants must wear a non-medical mask and gloves at all times. Gloves and masks should be changed in between sessions
  • Program Assistants and Coaches will be unable to aid in putting on / taking off skates
  • Physical distancing must be maintained with skates on/off in the facility unless a sport cohort has been formed by the club/school
  • Educate skaters to use physical distancing protocols when passing skaters
  • Instruct skaters to NOT touch the teaching aids or props.  Skaters must not have shared contact of any teaching aid or prop
 

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