Pre-CanSkate and CanSkate Program
In order to see rapid improvement in skating skills it is highly recommended that children skate more than 1 session a week once in CanSkate. Therefore, we offer a 20% discount on the subsequent classes if skaters register for two or more classes in the same Season (e.g. two classes in the Fall or two classes in the Winter).
|Our Learn to Skate Programs are: CanSkate and Pre-CanSkate|
What is CanSkate?
- CanSkate is a dynamic learn-to-skate program that focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development. CanSkate uses nationally-tested and proven curriculum and delivery methods that guarantee skater success in developing stronger basic skills and developing them faster.
- CanSkate teaches the fundamental skills needed to take part in any ice sport whether the focus be for hockey, ringette, figure skating, speed skating or just skating for fun.
- Designed for those children ages 5 and up who can work independently within a group lesson (children ages 3-5 may be moved into this program with permission of the CanSkate director after they have passed Pre-CanSkate).
- Skaters progress at their own rate and coaches make sessions interactive using teaching aids, music and a wide variety of activities that create a fun environment and promote learning.
- Please refer to What Level is My Skater if you are uncertain which stage to choose for your skater.
- Approved CSA hockey helmets are mandatory and children will not be permitted on the ice without one. See the Helmet Use Policy.
What is Pre-CanSkate?
- A 30 minute non-parented class for children ages 3-5 who have not had any significant time on skates. It is designed to introduce children to the ice and help them become comfortable. 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. Music, toys and games are used to help children feel ready to take the next step.
- All lessons are done in a group format, so children must be somewhat independent and not require one-on-one supervision. Children must be toilet trained.
- Once a participant has gained confidence and shown skill in gliding on each foot, stopping, and getting up from a down position they can move on to the CanSkate program. Please refer to What Level is My Skater if you are uncertain which stage to choose for your skater.
- Skaters are to be dressed warmly for classes including waterproof mitts or gloves. Snowpants are also recommended.
- Approved CSA hockey helmets are mandatory and children will not be permitted on the ice without one. See the Helmet Use Policy. The club does not provide any equipment other than teaching aids.
Why sign up for Pre-CanSkate/CanSkate?
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 and reward effort and participation.
What do you need to participate?
- All you need are skates, a CSA-approved hockey helmet, long pants, mittens, warm sweater or jacket. Dress in layers – it will get warm!
- Figure or hockey skates can be worn but must provide good support. If the skater can stand in their laced-up boots on a carpet with the skates perpendicular, i.e. not leaning in or out, the support is adequate for this level. An approved CSA hockey helmet is mandatory and children will not be permitted on the ice without one.
- Figure skates have a toe pick which is needed for jumps. However, when wearing figure skates children often push with the toe pick and so can move without bending their knees, a very bad habit which is difficult to break. Hockey skates are useful in that the child has to push with the whole blade and in doing so has to bend his/her knees. We want skaters to progress as far as possible even if they do not go on to figure skating or hockey. If a child learns on hockey skates and wishes to become a figure skater they have to adjust their technique slightly.
Exciting news – CanSkate even better!
- We have developed a new CanSkate program based on Sport Canada’s long term athlete development (LTAD) principles. Exciting new features include a fresh new look, new awards, great tools for coaches and most importantly a tested and proven new curriculum and delivery methods that guarantee skater success in developing stronger basic skills and developing them faster. But there’s more! The new program also includes specific skills that pertain to hockey, ringette, speed skating and figure skating. The result is a dynamic new program that prepares all skaters for virtually every ice sport.
- Skate Canada is also proud to have all its programs taught by professional coaches who are specially trained and certified through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).
Some of the best skaters in the world learned to skate with CanSkate including Olympic figure skaters, Olympic speed skaters, men’s and women’s Olympic hockey players and NHL players.
Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir, Olympic and World ice dance champions.
Patrick Chan, Olympic medalist and World men’s figure skating champion.
Ivanie Blondin, Olympic and World long track speed skater.
Matt Duchene, NHL Colorado Avalanche and Olympic hockey team gold medallist.
Jeff Skinner, NHL Carolina Hurricanes, NHL Rookie of the Year and former Canadian juvenile men’s figure skating medallist.
Is your skater interested in figure skating?If skaters are interested in figure skating and have passed Stages 3 or 4, and have a coaches approval, they can join the Junior Development Program (figure skates required). Junior Development requires a commitment of 2 sessions a week. Once in the STARSkate program, skaters are required to have a private coach (see a list of the Crowfoot Skating Club Coaches). If you have questions regarding STARSkate or Junior Development please contact the registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information regarding Pre-CanSkate/CanSkate please email the registrar at email@example.com.