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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 register 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:
- Fall down and get up
- Balance on 2 feet
- Move forward
- Make snow
- Move backward
- 2-foot twist
- 360° march
- 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
Note: Parents are strongly encouraged to remain in the arena in case of skater injury/illness, or to take their skater to use the washroom. Coaches and PAs may not take skaters to the washroom.
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).
- A CSA-approved hockey helmet with a cage is mandatory. Please read Skate Canada's helmet use policy