Our programs follow the criteria as set out by Skate Canada. A couple of years ago significant changes were made to the CanSkate program. Now the STAR program has changed significantly. To learn more here is a link to the Introduction and Overview of this program.
The CORE Programs that we offer are PreCanSkate, CanSkate, and CanPower. Registration fees for these programs cover coaches, ice and club operating costs. STAR 1 is also covered by registration fees; however, it is the STAR 2-10 skaters that will be paying for Coach fees in addition to registration fees.
PreCanSkate (3-5 yrs)
Fondly called our “Tiny Tots”, this program is a fun introduction to skating for pre-schoolers.
CanSkate (5+ yrs)
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.
The Director of Skating will make the determination when your skater is ready to advance to the STAR program.
This group is for skaters who have achieved all levels of the CanSkate Program and have been invited to advance by the Director of Skating. This is a club-run program and a 1/2 hr lesson is taught by our NCCP Certified Professional Coach. This class is on Tuesdays and Fridays. Registrants pay for ice only.
Simulation and Performance
30 minute session. This class is in preparation for tests, competitions and all performances done in front of an audience. Skaters are introduced to different skills such as footwork, field movements and creative exercises to enhance their skating skills and balance to help complete their Freeskate and Interpretive programs. Additional cost for coaching; is direct billed by the Coach.
Adult/Teen CanSkate (13+)
Is a Skate Canada Learn to Skate program designed for older teens and Adults to teach them the fundamentals of skating skills taught in a group environment. This lesson is 30 minutes in length and taught by a certified Skate Canada Professional Coach. All skaters register for the hour.
Is for advanced teens and adults that have progressed beyond the Learn to Skate program. This session is for the skaters to skate independently or organize private lessons with a professional coach. All skaters register for the hour.
CanPower for Youths (6-12 yrs) and Adults/Teens (13+ yrs)
Is an action-packed, high energy instructional power skating program geared to hockey and ringette 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.
The following levels are taught privately by Skate Canada Coaches certified in the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) :
“A certified coach is an experienced, skilled and dedicated professional. Coaches have a huge impact on the lives of their skaters and coaches always need to be aware of this fact and conduct themselves in a professional manner. Coaches need to constantly educate and update themselves in order to be effective.” http://skatecanada.ca/coaches-officials/
Skaters work with their Coach to master basic fundamentals of skating in the area of skills, dance and freeskate. Lessons are geared to a skater’s ability, test and competition level and interest. Skaters should be able to work on their own. Off-ice training is also provided. Many skaters will take tests in order to move from one level to another and others may also chose to compete.
When you register for these classes you are paying for ice and Club operating expenses. Each Coach bills their skaters according to each families’ respective contract and budget.