Learn-to-Skate

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Why sign up for CanSkate?

CanSkate is Canada’s only national learn-to-skate program. It was developed by experts to teach the fundamentals of skating in a progressive and sequential manner.

When you/your child registers for a CanSkate program at your local Skate Canada club, you also become a member of Skate Canada, the national sport governing body for figure skating in Canada. Membership benefits in the CanSkate program can include:

  • badges
  • stickers
  • tattoos
  • coloring sheets
  • parent information sheets
  • progress updates and report cards
  • special CanSkate events and club functions
  • CanSkater of the Year award program
  • opportunity to be talent-scouted
  • opportunity to participate in a positive healthy lifestyle activity

What can I expect during a typical CanSkate session?

Your child’s CanSkate session will include:

  • Warm-up
  • Lesson time – new skill instruction, skill review and practice time
  • Group activities
  • Cool down

Report cards and earned badges are issued on the last day of the session. The six stage badges of the program are:

ETIQUETTE

  • Please have your child at the arena on time, dressed and ready to go on the ice at the scheduled session time
  • Please use the assigned dressing room. Signs are posted on the arena dressing room entries.

EQUIPMENT

Needed: Skates, Helmet, warm clothing and mittens 

Skates:

For CanSkate, hockey or figure skates are acceptable

  • We recommend the following stores for purchasing skates:

Professional Skate
9216-51 Ave 438-9059

United Cycle
16972-111Ave 481-5532
10323-78 Ave 433-1181

Before purchasing skates check carefully for:

  • Proper fit
  • Firm ankle support
  • Correct blade placement

Staff at the above stores will help with the proper fitting of skates

Helmets:

  • CSA hockey helmets are MANDATORY
  • Fit should be snug

Clothing:

  • Clothing should provide warmth but not restrict movement
  • Layering of sweat suits, sweaters, ski jackets and long underwear or leotards is recommended. Bulky snowsuits can hinder movement
  • Warm mittens or gloves are a must