Preliminary is for skaters who want to continue in figure skating. It is strongly recommended that they skate at least two days a week. They will learn edges, turns, jumps and spins. Once a skater moves up to the Preliminary level, they will need a professional coach to oversee their development and testing, and guide them through participating in local competitions. To qualify for this program, skaters MUST have completed CanSkate Level 5 AND be evaluated by one of our Preliminary conveners. All skaters must wear figure skates. These sessions consist of a warm-up, three 10-minute group lessons, and free time to practice skills learned, or for private lessons.

NOTE: To qualify for the Preliminary session pricing outlined in our brochure, skaters must register for at least two weekly sessions. The price for just one weekly Preliminary session is $580. Unfortunately, our online registration system is not able to assign the right fee in these cases, so an invoice adjustment will need to be made, and you will receive confirmation to that effect by email. 

PARENT INFO SESSIONS: Everything you need to know about STAR 1-5

As part of a nation-wide Skate Canada initiative, Silver Blades is introducing a new program called STAR 1-5 this year, and it will impact all skaters at our Preliminary, Junior and Intermediate levels. Skate Canada has prepared this short introductory video for parents and skaters, and it addresses the broad strokes and philosophy behind the program quite well. But we'd like to talk you through the changes we've made at Silver Blades specfically in person, as well as answer any questions you might have. So we'll be running the following parent info sessions in the rink lobby over the next two weeks.

Tuesday, September 19 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, September 20 - 5:15pm
Saturday, September 23 - 8:40am
Thursday, September 28 - 6:40pm

Please join us at one of these times and learn more about what will be new for your skater this year in terms of on-ice programming and assessments—it's important that you understand the changes as the season gets underway.