CanSkate – Skate Canada’s Learn to Skate Program


2018/19 Fall/Winter/Spring CanSkate Brochure – CIA Learn to Skate 2018/19

Now taking registrations for the 2018 SUMMER Pre-CanSkate, Canskate and Bridge Programs. Call the office to register today to secure your spot as spaces are limited!


Exciting news – CanSkate even better!

We have developed a new CanSkate program based on Sport Canada’s long term athlete development (LTAD) principles. Exciting new features include a fresh new look, new awards, great tools for coaches and most importantly a tested and proven new curriculum and delivery methods that guarantee skater success in developing stronger basic skills and developing them faster. But there’s more! The new program also includes specific skills that pertain to hockey, ringette, speed skating and figure skating. The result is a dynamic new program that prepares all skaters for virtually every ice sport.

Skate Canada is also proud to have all its programs taught by professional coaches who are specially trained and certified through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).

Our clubs from across Canada are excited as they prepare to welcome and serve learn-to-skate clientele from every walk of life, age and every interest level.


What is Jr. Canskate?
This Skate Canada program is designed for the very beginner skater. This is a learn to skate program for children at the ages of 3 & 4 years with little or no skating background. They will receive one half hour of instruction with a certified coach. All sessions will be on the Olympic Ice surface.

Coach Sam and her Jr. Canskate group!

What is Canskate?
This Skate Canada learn to skate program teaches the basic skills of skating; forward, backward, stopping, spinning, turning and jumping thus creating the foundation for more advanced skating skills and development. As your child progresses, badges are awarded at the completion of 6 testing levels. This program is for children at the age of 5 years and up with little or some skating experience or who have been in the program previously. They will receive a 60 minute session, 10 minute warm-up, 30 minutes of instruction from a certified coach and a 5 minute cool down period. Free Time / private lesson will be the last 15 minutes of every session. All sessions will be on the Olympic ice surface.

CanSkate is a dynamic learn-to-skate program that focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development. Based on Sport Canada’s long term athlete development (LTAD) principles, CanSkate centres on physical literacy and the fundamental skills needed to take part in any ice sport or to skate as a recreational activity.

Coach Andrew with his Canskate Group!

Who’s it for?

For beginners of all ages, children or adults, as well as for those wishing to improve their basic skills whether their focus be for figure skating, hockey, speed skating or just skating for fun.

Who teaches it?

NCCP-trained professional coaches, assisted by trained program assistants.

What will you learn?

A complete series of balance, control and agility skills taught in six stages of learning that pertain to hockey, ringette, speed skating and figure skating as well as general recreational skating. CanSkate uses nationally-tested and proven curriculum and delivery methods that guarantee skater success in developing stronger basic skills and developing them faster. Through various circuits your skater will learn the basics of skating while making friends and having fun!

What can you expect?

Action, movement and fun! Lessons are given in a group format with a coach-to-student ratio of a maximum 1:10. Skaters progress at their own rate and coaches make sessions active using teaching aids, upbeat music and a wide variety of activities that create a motivational environment and promote learning. Badges, ribbons and other incentives are used to benchmark skaters’ progress and reward effort and participation.


What do you need to participate?

All you need to participate in CIA’s CanSkate program are skates, a CSA-approved hockey helmet, long pants, mittens, warm sweater or jacket. Dress in layers – it will get warm!

How do you sign up?

Call the office today to register for one of our many CanSkate programs with our Skate Canada Professional coaches, you will not be disapointed!

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