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PreCanSkate & CanSkate / Learn to Skate

Pre-CanSkate is for skaters between the ages of 3 and 5 years who are BRAND NEW to the world of skating, skaters who aren’t confident, participants with special needs, or skaters who need a quieter/less energetic setting in which to learn. We will have a 1 coach: 5 skaters ratio. Pre-CanSkate will be play based with a big focus on FUN. Participants will enjoy games, toys, creative circuits and much more.

Participants in this program will learn to stand! Yahoo! Once that is out of the way, they will learn how to move forward, backward, sideways, make snow, turn, jump and glide. This program is geared to help skaters build basics so that they can move into our CanSkate program.



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 from 3 years and up, children or adults, as well as for those wishing to improve their basic skills whether their focus be for figure skating, hockey, speed skating or just skating for fun.

Who teaches it?

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

What will you 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 you 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.

These are some of the awards and incentives that have been developed to encourage athletes in CanSkate:

CanSkate Badges & Ribbons

What do you need to participate?

All you need are skates, a CSA-approved hockey helmet, and warm clothing!


"We gratefully acknowledge the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development"

Encourage your children to believe in themselves and that you believe in them too. Be positive in their accomplishments and supportive during the ups and downs. Set goals, foster self-responsibility, discourage excuses, encourage persistence. Support their coach.Winning is not always measured by a medal but by simply achieving a goal they have set.