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Learn to Skate: PRE-CANSkate and CANSkate Programs

Skate Canada has developed its new CANSkate program based on Sport Canada’s long term athlete development (LTAD) principles. It provides a tested and proven new curriculum and delivery methods that guarantee skater success in developing stronger basic skills and developing them faster. 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.

All programs taught by professional coaches who are specially trained and certified through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).

What is 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?

Our PRE-CANSkate program is for children aged 3 (born in 2014).  Our CANSkate program is for children aged 4 and up (born before 2014).

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 coaches and Program Assistants providing instruction. 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!

How do you sign up?

Click on LOGIN at the top right hand corner of our home page and create your personal profile.  Then click on our REGISTRATION PAGE to begin.