Learn-to-Skate for hockey, figure skating, fitness or recreation.
We offer Skate Canada sanctioned recreational programs with NCCP Certified Professional Coaches for everyone; ages 3 and up.
CanSkate (Stages 1-3)
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?
For beginners of all ages, children or adults, as well as for those wishing to improve their basic skills whether their focus be for figure skating, hockey, speed skating or just skating for fun.
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!
Pre-Junior (Stages 4-6)
Provides an opportunity for skaters to further develop skating skills. The program will offer a 50 minute on-ice group lesson by a NCCP Certified Professional Coach. The program will be geared as a transition between CanSkate and the Junior STARSkate program, focusing on introducing skaters to edges, power and speed. Ribbons, badges and incentives, similar to the CanSkate program will be given out. Skaters must have completed CanSkate Stage 3 to join this program and will continue their progress through Skate Canada Stages 4 through 6 before entering the STARSkate programs.