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.

CanSkate is for skaters who are one of the following: 

  1. 3 – 5 years old AND have passed PreCanSkate OR be able to stand up unassisted, balance on two feet, move forward, and move backward 
  2. 6 + years old with little or no skating experience  
  3. 6+ years old and have had previous CanSkate experience and are learning to further their skills and confidence.  There are 6 badge levels within the CanSkate program. 

Skaters may sign up for 1 or 2 days per week. Skaters will be on the ice 60 minutes each day. Testing is done on an ongoing basis during the season.

CanSkate Overview 

Skills Development

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.

Lesson Structure

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 as coaches make sessions active using teaching aids, music and a wide variety of activities that create a fun environment and promote learning.

Missed Classes

No Make ups for Missed Classes: Skaters sign up for a specific session and cannot be accommodated on another session if they have to miss a day for any reason.

Special Notices

Skate Canada Regulations

Due to Skate Canada regulations your child will not be permitted to step on to the ice until they have been registered with Skate Canada and issued insurance.

Payment and Registration

Georgetown Skating Club MUST receive payment for your child’s program at least 48 hours prior to your child’s first skate session to allow time for our administrator to register your child and receive confirmation of insurance. This insurance is NON-REFUNDABLE therefore there can be no exceptions to this policy.

Georgetown Skating Club Refund Policy

If you have registered and not yet submitted your payment, please contact us by email here:  

Georgetown Skating Club can not be responsible for missed sessions due to last minute and/or unpaid registrations resulting in a delay in obtaining confirmation of your child’s insurance.