Canskate is a learn to skate program for all ages that is designed to teach the basic fundamentals of skating. Skaters are grouped according to ability and are assessed weekly to determine if they are ready to move on to the next level.
The program emphasizes fun and continuous movement in a group lesson format and is taught by the club professional with the help of program assistants. This is a feeder program to all of the other Skate Canada programs. For more information, see the video at the bottom of the page.
STARskate stands for Skills, Tests, Achievement, Recognition. It offers opportunities for skaters of all ages to develop fundamental figure skating skills in the areas of ice dance, skating skills, free skate and interpretive skating. Unique in Canada, this program teaches figure skating skills in a group and/or private lesson format in a progressive and sequential manner and includes specifically designed awards and incentives. Skaters have the opportunity to take Skate Canada Tests through a nationally standardized testing system. The STARskate program can be completed in a group, private or semi-private format.
This is a program for skaters new to STARskate who have completed the Canskate program. This program will help skaters develop their figure skating skills in a group setting consisting of no more than 10 skaters. It offers basic figure skating development in edges, stroking, skills, dance, interpretive and free skate. Skaters receive a 45 min group lesson by one or more of our club professionals with 15 minutes of individual practice time.
STARskate Private Lessons
This program allows skaters who are ready for more of a challenge, or who are ready to work independently, the ice time to do so. Skaters are taught by freelance coaches in private or semi-private lessons and can earn badges, take tests or attend competitions. This program is excellent for skaters; they progress at their own rate as well as have the opportunity to be encouraged by more advanced skaters who may skate during this session. Personal goals can be met here depending on time and financial commitment. You must hire the services of a freelance coach for lessons to skate during this session. Fees for lessons depend on the qualification and experience of the coach.
Skaters are divided into two categories: Junior (Star 1) or Senior (Star 2 and higher) and can choose one or more days a week to skate. If you are interested in private lessons, contact any of the coaches or speak to one of the board members for assistance in arranging this.
Pre-Power is designed for young skaters, approximately four to six years of age who can stand up on skates and move forward (shuffle, walk or glide) who may not be ready for CanPowerSkate Level 1. Pre-Power helps develop basic skating abilities in a power skating-specific environment, including balance skills, forward and backward skating, stopping, turning and agility skills. The curriculum is presented in three progressive levels complete with its own awards to encourage participation and motivate skaters.
CanPowerSkate is an action-packed, high energy instructional power skating program geared to hockey skaters that focuses on balance, power, agility, speed and endurance. Skills, techniques and conditioning drills are taught in a progressive format that emphasizes how the skills apply to game situations. CanPowerSkate provides an alternative to figure skating and is an excellent complement for those athletes playing on hockey or ringette teams. Its unique skill award program provides incentives and motivation for skaters to continue to achieve.
CanPowerSkate is geared to skaters aged approximately six or older who already have basic forward and backward skating skills (they must be able to skate the length of the rink using alternate strides) and are able to stop on command without use of the boards. For safety reasons participants should wear full hockey equipment that is CSA approved.