CANSkate is Skate Canada’s flagship learn-to-skate program. CANSkate is 45 minutes long and available to children of all ages. It is ideal for ages 5 to 13 years old. If your child is 5 years old or younger, they can still join CANSkate or join CANSkate Tots.
CANSkate Tots is our learn-to skate program that caters to skaters who are 5 years old or younger and is based on the same principles of CANSkate. The classes are 30 minutes in length. The focus of this class is to teach skating within a relaxed & fun atmosphere for younger skaters. Groups are kept small, so that as much individual attention as possible is given to young skaters.
Why sign up for CANSkate?
THE BEST CURRICULUM
- 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.
- Designed for 90% movement so skaters learn in an active and fun group setting.
THE BEST COACHES
- Nationally certified coaches trained specifically in teaching the mechanics and proper technique of skating.
- Coaches are assisted by trained program assistants.
- Ensures a 1:10 coach/program assistant to skater ratio or lower.
THE BEST START
- 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.
- Introduces a healthy, lifelong activity at an early age.
- Promotes fun, fitness and participation.
All Skate Canada CanSkate skaters must provide and wear a CSA approved hockey helmet on the ice. Bicycle helmets are not permitted.
The details for the 2020-21 fall/winter program will be available in August.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many days should my child skate?
For optimum development, we recommend twice per week. Skating is a sport where skills are learned by continuous repetition. The more times a skater can repeat a skill in a week, the faster they will progress.
Do you have equipment rentals?
No. Skaters must supply their own skates and a CSA approved helmet.
What kind of Skates should my child wear?
Skates should fit snugly and have plenty of ankle support. The exact type does not matter until a skater wants to pursue a specific sport.
What should my skater wear?
Skaters should wear warm clothes that will allow them to move freely and mitts or gloves to keep their hands warm.