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PROGRAM INFORMATION

 

Pre-CanSkate

Learn-to-skate lessons open to preschool skaters aged 3-5 years with little to no skating experience. Skaters are on the ice for 30 minutes at a time. Children are introduced to basic skating through action songs, games and play.

CanSkate

Learn-to-skate lessons open to skaters aged 4 years and up.  This is Skate Canada's flagship learn-to-skate program. Lessons are 45 minutes in length. Skaters are grouped according to age and skating ability as they progress through a series of badges.

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

Skates:

For CanSkate, hockey or figure skates are acceptable

We reccomend the following stores for the purchase of skates: 

           Professional Skate   9216-51 Ave

           United Cycle   16972-111Ave

Before purchasing skates check carefully for:

  • Proper fit
  • Firm ankle support
  • Correct blade placement

Helmets:

  • CSA approved helmets are MANDATORY.
  • A hockey helmet is the ONLY acceptable helmet as they wrap around the back of the head and are designed to withstand repeated bumps.
  • Fit should be snug.

Warm 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.

WHAT TO EXPECT?

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.
  • Parents DO NOT accompany their children on the ice.

 

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

Skates:

For CanSkate, hockey or figure skates are acceptable

We reccomend the following stores for the purchase of skates: 

           Professional Skate   9216-51 Ave

           United Cycle   16972-111Ave

Before purchasing skates check carefully for:

  • Proper fit
  • Firm ankle support
  • Correct blade placement

Helmets:

  • CSA approved helmets are MANDATORY.
  • A hockey helmet is the ONLY acceptable helmet as they wrap around the back of the head and are designed to withstand repeated bumps.
  • Fit should be snug.

Warm 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.