The Pre-CanSkate program is designed for 3 to 5 year olds who have never skated before, or have very little skating background. This program focuses on teaching the kids basic movement on the ice without the use of movement aids, enabling them to stand and move with no assistance from the coaches and program assistants. The emphasis is to get the kids up and moving to prepare them for the CanSkate program.
Pre-CanSkate is run on Mondays in two half hour long sessions, either 5:30pm to 6:00pm or 6:00pm to 6:30pm for half the season, either the Fall Session or Winter Session. This program is coached by two Skate Canada Professional Coaches and trained Program Assistants.
The CanSkate program is an introductory learn-to-skate program designed for all kids, whether they wish to play hockey, ringette, speed skate, figure skate or skate just for fun. The new Skate Canada CanSkate program is based on Sport Canada’s long term athlete development principles which looks to provide kids with the basic skill development for their chosen path and promote fun, fitness and participation. The program focuses on balance, control and agility skills that are taught in six stages.
CanSkate is run on Mondays for an hour, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Skaters may skate for half the season – Fall Session or Winter Session – or the full skating season. This program is coached by a Skate Canada Professional Coach and trained Program Assistants.
The Preliminary Prep program is designed for skaters wanting to pursue the figure skating branch of skating. This is the bridge program between CanSkate and STARSkate. This program is the continuation of the CanSkate levels five and six and introduces beginning figure skating skills.
Preliminary Prep is offered for two different levels in hour long sessions on Mondays, from 4:00pm to 5:00pm (Prelim 6) and Fridays, from 4:00pm to 5:00pm (Prelim 5/6). This program is coached by a Skate Canada Professional Coach and trained Program Assistants.
The STARSkate program is for skaters wishing to continue in figure skating. This program continues to develop fundamental skating skills while training them to be able to take the standardized Skate Canada tests and compete in competitions. Skaters will be trained in four disciplines: Freeskate, Interpretive, Skills and Ice Dance.
STARSkate has various ice times Monday through Friday available for skaters to choose from. Ice time is purchased from the club and is coached privately though a contract arranged between the parent and skater and the Club’s Skate Canada Professional Coaches.
The Adult Skate program is designed for all adults, from individuals who have never been on skates before to those looking to increase their skating skills to the next level. Skaters in this program are welcome to come participate just for the physical activity or are able to take the Skate Canada standardized tests taken by skaters in the STARSkate program.
Adult Skate is run on the STARSkate ice. Skaters purchase ice time from the club and may choose to be coached privately through a contract between the skater and the Club’s Skate Canada Professional Coaches.
The CanPowerSkate Fall Clinic is geared to hockey and ringette players focusing on balance, power, agility, speed and endurance. Skills are taught in full gear with and without sticks and pucks with the emphasis being on the fundamentals of skating.
CanPowerSkate is offered Wednesdays from 5:30-6:15pm. This program is coached by Skate Canada Professional Coaches.
For funding assistance check out Our Links page
Contact Coach Ali for more information on any program at firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo credit: Plumtree Images