Skating is one of the most popular sports in the world today. In Canada more than six million people lace up skates every year. Through the inclusive programming we offer, we encourage people to become involved and stay involved for life.  Learning to skate is a natural part of Canadian life. From early steps on the ice, holding on to a parent’s hand, skating as a family activity, or moving on to other ice sports, skating offers a rich tapestry of experiences. As we bring our vision to life, and inspire all Canadians to embrace the joy of skating, Skate Canada continues to find creative new ways to teach and to keep people skating.  Our athletes benefit daily from the expertise, experience and leadership of some of the world’s best coaches. Coaching excellence is one of the main reasons for the level of success consistently achieved by Canadian figure skaters.  Welcome to our club!

CanSkate now features a fresh look, new awards, improved tools for coaches and most importantly a tested and proven new curriculum and delivery methods that guarantee success in developing stronger basic skating skills and developing them faster. It also includes specific skills useful in hockey, ringette, speed skating and figure skating thereby preparing all skaters for virtually every ice sport. It has also been tailored 


Learn to Skate
   New skaters age 3+ 

◊ No skating experience 

Learn to Skate is an un-parented program for ages 3 years and up (typically ages 3-5), who have

never skated before or who are not yet confident alone on the ice. Skaters work on the basics of

falling down and getting up, marching or moving forward and balancing on 2 feet. Conducted in a

fun and friendly environment, skaters participate in games and activities to encourage movement

without fear.


Mandatory Equipment - Skates, gloves and a CSA approved hockey helmet (bike helmets will not

be permitted on the ice). 

CanSkate 
       This program is designed for skaters who have some experience on the ice.  Canskate is taught in a 
       group environment with skaters being grouped based on their abilities.  They progress through 6 
      levels of skills.
        
        Mandatory equipment:   helmet, face guard optional.  Splash pants, activewear pants and light 
                                             layers are recommended as the skaters will be warm once they start moving. 

PowerSkate

           This program is designed for skaters with experience on the ice or previously enrolled in a 
          CanSkate program.  This program will be taught in group format by Skate Canada  
          PowerSkate certified coaches.  Skaters are active, engaged, constantly moving and challenged 
          during the lesson.  The program focus is on edge fundamentals, power, quick starts & stops, 
          strong lateral movements, pivots and turns.  All skaters must wear a CSA approved hockey helmet 
           with face mask, hockey gloves and a stick.  Full equipment not necessary, the emphasis is on 
           strong skating skills, power and stride

Star Skate
            These stages introduce more complex skills and has wide variety of programming based on 
           an athletes desired pathway and commitment to figure skating.  The Skate Canada Star 1 - 
          Gold program is the basis for technical skill building at this early stage of development.  The 
          program is for skaters working on the disciplines of Skills, Dance, Artistic and Freeskate.  Bronze, 
           Silver and Gold levels offer group lessons daily taught by certified Skate Canada professional 
           coaches.  All skaters have the opportunity to work with coaches in small groups or privately.  
           Skaters that have the drive to accelerate will participate in evaluations days, performance days 
           and testing days.