Learn To Skate Programs

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 includes:

 

  • Badges
  • Stickers
  • Progress Updates and report cards
  • Special CanSkate events and club functions
  • BMO CanSkater of the Year award program
  • Opportunity to participate in the Talent ID program
  • Opportunity to participate in a positive healthy lifestyle activity

 

Program Structure

The CanSkate program focuses on the development of six fundamental movements organized in six stages of learning. The skills are arranged in progression, from very simple to the more complex. Each stage has a primary focus. Once the skills on each stage are mastered, a badge is awarded. The series of badges include Stage badges, Fundamental Movement badges and Fitness badges.

Lessons are given in a group format and led by an NCCP certified professional coach. Professional coaches are assisted by trained Program Assistants. The coach to student ratio is a maximum of 1:10. Skaters progress at their own rate and coaches make sessions active using teaching aids, music and a wide variety of activities that create a fun environment and promote learning. CanSkate is the feeder program to all other Skate Canada Skating Programs, and is presented by BMO Financial Group, reflecting their commitment to grassroots development.

 

PARENT & TOT- Age 2-3 Years - With Adult

Must be 2 years old of age before October 1
  • Skaters will be on the ice 30 minutes each skating day
  • Skaters will develop strength and balance while having fun
  • Siblings will not be allowed on the ice with the skater and parent
  • The Skate Canada Membership Fee of $35 is included in the fees for the adult to participate in this program
  • Adults must wear skates to participate, and skaters must wear a CSA approved "hockey" helmet

 

PRECANSKATE

Beginner skaters from 3 years of age and older

  • Learn basic elements: balance, stand up unassisted, skating forward, skating backward, stopping
  • Skaters will be on the ice for 30 minutes each skating day
  • Skater may sign up for one or two days per week
  • Program will encourage fun and movement on the ice
  • Skaters must wear a CSA approved "hockey" helmet

 

CANSKATE

Badge levels 1 to 6

  • Skaters may sign up for one or two days per week.
  • Skaters will be on the ice for 60 minutes each skating day.
  • The fundamentals of skating are taught, preparing skaters to begin figure skating, hockey, or recreational skating.
  • Skaters are grouped by age and/or ability and progress through a Badge Program.
  • Testing is done on an ongoing basis and groups may be re-organized during the season.
  • Skaters must wear a CSA approved "hockey" helmet.

 

Adult Learn-to-Skate 

Beginner skaters from 12 years of age and older.
  • Badge levels 1 to 6.
  • Skaters will be on the ice for 60 minutes each skating day.
  • The fundamentals of skating are taught, preparing skaters to begin figure skating, hockey, or recreational skating.
  • Skaters are grouped by age and/or ability and progress through a Badge Program.
  • Testing is done on an ongoing basis and groups may be re-organized during the season.
  • Skaters must wear a CSA approved "hockey" helmet.