All of our club programs follow the guidelines and standards set forth by Skate Canada, our governing body.
PRECANSKATE and PARENT AND TOT
PreCanSkate is a component of the CanSkate program and is a great start for children age 3+ with little or no skating experience.
Skaters will be grouped by skill level and age depending on the number of skaters.
Our PreCanSkate program is 30 minutes in length and focuses on 8 essential skills needed to move safely and effectively on the ice and continues with Stage 1 of the Canskate program for those skaters who are ready.
Skaters will be assessed on an on-going basis.
Lessons are taught in a group format by our NCCP Skate Canada Professional Coaches together with volunteer Program Assistants. Visual aids, props, toys and music are incorporated into our sessions to motivate skaters.
Once a skater has completed Stage 1, they may move into our CanSkate program to complete stages 2-6. Skaters may move up on coach recommendation.
CSA approved hockey helmets are mandatory and a chin guard or facemask is strongly recommended. Hockey or figure skates can be worn.
For the Parent and Tot sessions only, one parent/guardian is required on the ice with their child. That parent/guardian is required to have basic skating abilities, wear skates, and a helmet is optional.
CanSkate is Canada's flagship learn-to-skate program for children of all ages!
This program is ideal for skaters who have completed our PreCanskate program, and have attained Canskate Stage 1 or who can
skate the perimeter of the ice on their own.
Our CanSkate program is 50-minutes in length and focuses on fun, participation and basic skills development. Lessons are
taught in a group format by our NCCP Skate Canada Professional Coaches and our volunteer Program Assistants and focus on balance,
control and agility. Skaters will receive ribbons and badges as the fundamental skills are achieved.
Skaters progress at their own rate and skills are taught on a circuit to promote learning. CanSkate is the feeder program to all other Skate Canada programs including our Starskate program.
THE CANSKATE PROGRAM:
There are 3 fundamental movement stations in the CanSkate program.
Balance (forward strides, glides, edges, crossovers)
Control (backward skating & stopping)
Agility (turning, jumping, spinning)
Skaters are evaluated on an ongoing basis and are awarded ribbons and badges as they learn the required elements. There are
6 stage badges and 18 fundamental movement ribbons. Skaters must complete all three of the A-B-Cs in order to receive their badge
for that stage. Skaters may move up on the coach's recommendation.
CSA approved hockey helmets are mandatory and a chin guard or facemask is strongly recommended. Hockey or figure skates can be worn
Skills, Tests, Achievement, Recognition- that's what StarSkate is all about!
Our StarSkate program is for those skaters who have successfully progressed through our CanSkate program and have an interest in pursuing figure skating. StarSkate offers opportunities for skaters of all ages to develop the fundamental figure skating skills in the areas of dance, freeskate, skills and interpretive skating. Unique in Canada, this program teaches in both group and/or private lessons format in a progressive and sequential manner. Skaters have the opportunity to take Skate Canada tests through a nationally standardized testing system. StarSkate has been the mainstay of figure skating for over four decades.
Once your skater is working on Stage 5/6 of the CanSkate program, they will be invited to move up to our StarSkate session where they will have the opportunity to develop the fundamental skills needed for figure skating.
As your skater's skills increase, they will gradually move through the 10 levels of the StarSkate program. StarSkate provides the tools for skaters to develop self-confidence, motivation, time-management skills and determination.
Skaters at this level will have the option to possibly participate in competitions throughout the season as well as be introduced to the test and assessment stream.
Figure skates are worn and helmets are no longer required.
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