The CanSkate program is for skaters who have completed the Pre-CanSkate program and is beneficial for any skater with an interest in ice sports (hockey, ringette, figure skating or speed skating).

Participants are placed in groups according to ability and earn badges while they learn fundamental skating skills. The CanSkate program emphasizes fun and continuous movement and is taught in a group lesson format.CanSkate-EN-logo

Familiar with CanSkate? This is CanSkate – even Better!  Skate Canada has developed a new CanSkate program based on Sport Canada’s long term athlete development (LTAD) principles. Exciting 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.  The result is a dynamic new program that prepares all skaters for virtually every ice sport.

Why Join CanSkate?

Best Curriculum_Skate Canada  THE BEST CURRICULUM

  • A complete series of balance, control and agility skills that will prepare skaters for any ice skating sport or recreational skating.
  • Nationally-tested and proven curriculum and delivery methods that guarantee skater success.
  • Designed for 90% movement so skaters learn in an active and fun group setting.

Skate Canada Best Coaches  THE BEST COACHES

  • Nationally tested certified coaches trained specifically in teaching the mechanics and proper technique of skating.
  • Coaches are assisted by trained program assistants.
  • Ensures a 1:10 coach/program assistant to skater ratio or lower.

Skate Canada_Best StartTHE BEST START

  • Provides kids with the best foundation for figure skating, hockey, speed skating and ringette.
  • Introduces a healthy, lifelong activity at an early age.
  • Promotes fun, fitness and participation.


  • Some of the best skaters in the world learned to skate with CanSkate including Olympic figure skaters, Olympic speed skaters, men’s and women’s Olympic hockey players and NHL players.
  • Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir, Olympic and World ice dance champions.
  • Patrick Chan, Olympic medalist and World men’s figure skating champion.
  • Ivanie Blondin, Olympic and World long track speed skater.
  • Matt Duchene, NHL Colorado Avalanche and Olympic hockey team gold medallist.
  • Jeff Skinner, NHL Carolina Hurricanes, NHL Rookie of the Year and former Canadian juvenile men’s figure skating medallist.

The Cochrane Skating Club is pleased to offer the CanSkate program to Cochrane and surrounding areas.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you need to participate? All you need are skates (no molded plastic skates please), a CSA-approved hockey helmet, long pants, mittens, warm sweater or jacket. Dress in layers – it will get warm!  See our CSC CanSkate & PreCanskate Pre-Season Info Handout for more information on equipment fit.   Please note – the helmet policy is strictly enforced.  No bike helmets are permitted. Please read carefully to avoid disappointment.

What is the schedule? What is the cost? Please see the Schedule & Pricing section for more information.

What happens on the first day?  Please arrive with ample time to get your child ready.  When you arrive, pick up your name badge and look on the rink screen in the lobby to see what dressing room has been assigned for your class.  When you skater is ready, please do not go onto the ice until a coach has opened the rink door (this applies to all future classes as well).  The first day can look quite hectic. There can be some switching of group and adjustments to ensure all skaters are in appropriate groups according to skill level.