Skaters must be able to get up unaided after falling, shuffle forward unassisted and should be just starting to skate backwards. CanSkate offers great preparation for hockey and figure skating. There are five levels, and skaters will be evaluated at the first class and grouped according to skill. Skaters will learn forwards, backwards, stopping, turning and skating skills.
Average group size is 10 skaters. Private lessons will be able to start after Thanksgiving.
Helmets are mandatory for CanSkate. Refer to the Helmet Policy page in the side navigation for more information.
*Note: minimum age requirement is 4 years of age by December 31 of the registration season.
The minimum age is 4 years old by December 31 of the registration season.
Pre-CanSkate groups are a component of CanSkate. Participants who have never skated before or who are not confident with their balance on the ice are considered Pre-CanSkaters (regardless of age, however, age range is typically 4-6 years old).
Pre-CanSkaters work on the essentials needed to move safely and effectively on the ice so that they can rotate to the different learning stations. There are eight basic skills designed to ready them for Stage 1.
Pre-CanSkate is not a program on its own. It is a readiness vehicle to prepare skaters for CanSkate. Once skaters are mobile, their group rotates to the different learning stations as well.
Helmets are mandatory for Pre-CanSkate. Refer to the Helmet Policy page in the side navigation for more information.