Program Information

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Edmonton Synchronized Skating Club offers high quality skating lessons in Edmonton at various ice arenas throughout the city.  We focus on high coach to skater ratios with an emphasis on skill development and fun on the ice!

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 your child is registered for a CanSkate program at ESSC, 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:

  • Stage 1 – Balance
  • Stage 2 – Glide Forward
  • Stage 3 – Glide Backward
  • Stage 4 – Edges
  • Stage 5 – Power
  • Stage 6 – Speed

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