What is CanSkate?

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 centers on physical literacy and the fundamental skills needed to take part in any ice sport or to skate as a recreational activity.

Who’s it for?

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

Who teaches it?

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

What will I 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.

What can I 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 I need to participate?

All you need are skates, a CSA-approved hockey helmet, long pants, mittens, warm sweater or jacket. 

What kind of skates do I need?

Both figure skates and hockey style skates are fine for CanSkate & PreCanSkate.  Leather, lace up skates are preferable to vinyl.  Molded plastic skates with velcro closures are not recommended.  BobSkates with the double blade are not suitable for our programs.

Do I have to wear a helmet?

A CSA approved hockey helmet is required for all skaters in CanSkate.  

Hockey helmets are designed to help protect against head injuries occurring on ice, whether from a fall or collision. A bicycle helmet, for example, is designed to protect against head injuries should a fall occur while riding a bicycle. It is important to ensure that when a skater is on the ice, they are protected with equipment designed for their sport or activity.

How do I register my child for the right level?

Make sure you register your child for the right age group and we will take care of the level.  If you have already skated with us we have a record of levels achieved last session. If a skater is new to us, we will place them in the appropriate level during the first several weeks.

When are your classes?

CanSkate is a 2 day per week program. This fall, we offer 3 CanSkate options:

CanSkate 1 (4 to 6 year olds) - Session A - Tuesday & Thursday 4:45-5:30 pm, Centennial Arena

CanSkate 1 (4 to 6 year olds) - Session B - Wednesday & Friday 4:00-4:45 pm, Centennial (Wed) & South Surrey Arena (Fri)

CanSkate 2 (7 to 11 year olds) - Tuesday & Thursday, 5:30-6:15 pm, Centennial Arena

What is PreCanSkate?

PreCanSkate is our CanSkate program customized for 3 year olds who have no experience skating, but who are independent, motivated and physically and emotionally ready to participate in an on-ice 30 minute group lesson.

PreCanSkate runs for 30 minutes concurrent with our CanSkate classes, and is a 2 day per week program. This fall, we offer 2 PreCanSkate options:

Session A - Tuesday & Thursday, 4:55-5:25 pm, Centennial Arena

Session B - Wednesday & Friday, 4:10-4:40 pm, Centennial Arena (Wed) & South Surrey Arena (Fri)

How do I register for CanSkate or PreCanSkate?

Click the link below!