Preliminary is for skaters who want to continue in figure skating and who are working on Skate Canada's CanSkate Stage 6 to Star 2 levels. It is strongly recommended that they skate at least two days a week. They will learn skills, dance, and freeskate elements. To qualify for this program, skaters MUST have completed CanSkate Stage 5. All skaters must wear figure skates.
New Options for Preliminary Skaters in 2022/23
The transition from CanSkate to Preliminary is an exciting time for the skaters, but sometimes a challenge to navigate for Parents. While Skate Canada recommends commencing private coaching once reaching this level, we recognize that this is not the preferred option for some families. This year we will therefore offer two options to Preliminary level skaters. They will run concurrently on the same sessions:
Option 1: Intro to Preliminary (CanSkate 6-Star 2)
Silver blades will offer a new option this year for preliminary skaters. Intro to Preliminary will offer rotating group lessons conducted by multiple club coaches for the entire 60 minute session. Groups will be arranged by skating level. This option may be of interest to skaters who are new to preliminary and do not wish to start with private coaching immediately, for those who do not want private coaching every session, or for those skaters who have a private coach who is not available on a day they wish to skate. If you register for Option 1: Intro to Preliminary and wish to switch for Option 2: Regular Preliminary mid-season, a $50 admin fee will apply and you will be refunded a pro-rated amount.
Note: Intro to Preliminary is only appropriate for the first season. Once it is the skater's second season, registration for the regular Preliminary option supplemented with a private coach is required.
Option 2: Regular Preliminary (CanSkate 6-Star 2)
This option will include rotating group lessons for 30 minutes, leaving 30 minutes for the skater to arrange a private lesson and/or train independently.
If you are a Preliminary skater who already has a private coach, please reach out to your coach to discuss your skating schedule and which options are right for you before registering. Private coaching is a relationship formed between parents and coaches independently and invoiced separately. If you are interested in finding a Private Coach, please click here for a list.
If you aren’t sure which tests your skater has passed, you can always login to the Skate Canada site and check his or her record. Here’s how:
- Go to www.skatecanada.ca and click on the Members button (top left)
- Click on the Sign In button (top right)
- FIRST-TIME USERS: You will need to click on Request Invitation Code and enter the email address and birthdate of the skater whose test records you are trying to look up. This code will be emailed to you. Once you have retrieved it, click Redeem it here, enter the code in the info field and click Submit. You will then be prompted to create an account and choose a username and password. RETURNING USERS: Login using your Skate Canada # as the username.
- Click on My Profile
- Click on My Achievements
- All tests will be listed with dates and results