CANSkate Learn to Skate


Exciting news - CanSkate even better!

Skate Canada has developed a new CanSkate Learn to Skate 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. Clubs will have two years from now to prepare and phase in the new program.  Niagara Falls Skating Academy has adopted some of these learning tools and will be fully integrated by September 2014.
CanSkate is Skate Canada's flagship learn-to-skate program, designed for beginners of all ages. When you sign up for CanSkate you will be in a program that focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development. You will earn badges and other incentives as you learn fundamental skating skills. Lessons are given in a group format and led by an NCCP certified professional coach. Professional coaches are assisted by trained Program Assistants. The coach to student ratio is a maximum of 1:10. Skaters progress at their own rate and coaches make sessions active using teaching aids, music and a wide variety of activities that create a fun environment and promote learning. CanSkate is the feeder program to all other Skate Canada Skating Programs.

Why sign up for CanSkate?

CanSkate is Canada's only national learn-to-skate program. It was developed by experts to teach the fundamentals of skating in a progressive and sequential manner.
When you/your child registers for a CanSkate program at your local Skate Canada club, you also become a member of Skate Canada, the national sport governing body for figure skating in Canada. Membership benefits in the CanSkate program can include:
  • badges
  • stickers
  • tattoos
  • colouring sheets
  • parent information sheets
  • progress updates and report cards
  • special CanSkate events and club functions
  • CanSkater of the Year award program
  • opportunity to be talent-scouted
  • opportunity to participate in a positive healthy lifestyle activity

Program Structure

The CanSkate program focuses on the development of six fundamental movements organized in six stages of learning, with an optional 7th level for skaters who want to move into figure skating. The skills are arranged in progressions, from very simple to the more complex. Each stage has a primary focus. Once the skills on each stage are mastered, a badge is awarded. The series of badges include Stage badges, Fundamental Movement badges and Fitness badges.
The names of the STAGE badges are:
Stage 1 - Balance 
Stage 2 - Glide Forward 
Stage 3 - Glide Backward 
Stage 4 - Edges 
Stage 5 - Power 
Stage 6 - Speed 
Stage 7 (optional) - Pre-Preliminary
The names of the FUNDAMENTAL MOVEMENT badges are:
Go Forward
Go Backward
The names of the FITNESS badges are:
Fitness I
Fitness II
This 45 minute Learn to Skate Program Taught by Skate Canada Coaches and Program Assistants in a group format.  Skaters are required to wear a CSA approved helmet and either hockey or figure skates.  No plastic molded skates please!
Sessions are grouped based on skill level and number of skaters in the program: Orange, Yellow, Purple, Green, Blue and Red.  Badges are earned and rewarded throughout skaters progression in these coloured groups. 
Upon completion of Level 4 skaters can move into the Pre-CanPowerskate Group or Pre-Junior STARSkate Group.  


Click HERE to see our program schedules 



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