Skating Programs

Learn to Skate

This session offers a young skater the opportunity to learn the basic fundamentals on how to skate. The skater is taught the concept of using their arms to help with balance, how to get up properly when they fall down and start to learn to idea of pushing with their blades or edges. This session is typically for skaters the age 5 or younger.

Canskate
This is the beginning process for a skater to learn how to skate. There are 5 stages the skater works through. At each stage, the skater is taught skills to help develop forward skating, backward skating, turning, stopping, spinning and jumping. All of these skills will help the skater advance toward their choice of ice sport. Figure Skating, Hockey and Ringette.

StarSkate

Star skate is a program offered by Skate Canada for figure skating techniques. There are 4 areas of discipline and 5 levels in the Star Skate Program. Once the skater reaches this level the structure of the program changes.

Levels
Preliminary
Junior Bronze
Senior Bronze
Junior Silver
Senior Silver
Gold

Testing
Skaters in the StarSkate program are encouraged by the coach to work towards test. This helps to advance the skater and keep them motivated and interested in the sport. Tests up to and including the Senior Bronze are usually held at our home arena. Tests higher up can be held at another arena in the area. The coach will work with the skater to prepare them for tests and when the coach feels a skater is ready to pass a test, it will be recommended to the skater’s parent. There is a test fee required for each test.

Special Olympics
Special olympics athletes are urged to contact us to discuss what we can offer. Our flexible programming allows for the best possible placement of our Special Olympic skaters, from 1/2 hour learn to skate sessions, to full integration within our regular programs.

Carnival
Typically the club will hold a skating carnival near the end of the season. This is a great time for skaters to show all of their family and friends what they have learned and how much they have improved. Carnival is a very fun time for all of the skaters and lots of help is requested to make it fun and successful every year.