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The Pre-CanSkate program is an un-parented program designed for children 4 to 5 years of age who have never skated before or are not yet confident on the ice. This program teaches children the basics of getting 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 to have fun. If your child can focus for 30 minutes in a group setting under the direction of the coach, then they could give it a try at 3 years old at the start of the program.

Skaters should be able to participate without a parent on the ice.

There are 8 basic skills for the skaters in this program:

  1. Fall down and get up
  2. Balance on 2 feet
  3. Move forward
  4. Make snow
  5. Move backward
  6. 2-foot twist
  7. 360° march
  8. 2-foot jump

How to dress for the ice:

  • long waterproof pants
  • waterproof mittens (NO hockey gloves)
  • warm jacket
  • No elbow pads, knee pads, or hockey gear

Equipment you will need:

  • Lace-up skates (we DO NOT recommend "Adjustable or Expandable" skates as they do not provide the support and fit needed to effectively learn skating).


Equipment Guidelines

2022-2023 Season

Small Ice Surface

Some ice times may be cancelled and changed to accommodate the number of skaters registered.  Make-Ups for Missed Classes: Skaters sign up for a specific session and cannot be accommodated on another session if they must miss a day unless prearranged with a coach.

Register here


1st Session

July 3-7 and July 10-14, 2023

Day Time Cost*
Monday to Friday - large ice 4:00-4:30 PM $127.50 for 2 weeks

2nd Session

July 17-21 and July 24-28, 2023

Day Time Cost*
Monday to Friday - large ice 4:00-4:30 PM $127.50 for 2 weeks

Add Additional Fee - Per Skater*

Skate Canada's annual membership fee of $44.00
(non-refundable and non-transferable)

  • Annual Membership year - September 1 - August 31 (you will pay only once during a season, no matter how many sessions you register for).

When you/your child registers for a skating program at our club, you also become a member of Skate Canada, the national sport governing body for figure skating in Canada. Many advantages go with a Skate Canada membership, such as accident insurance, access to Skate Canada programs and materials, participation in interclub and invitational competitions and special member prices on merchandise from the online store.

Please note that your skater's information will be shared with Skate Canada through this website.

This fee does not stay with the club but is sent to Skate Canada in Ottawa. For more information about Skate Canada, visit