The Cochrane Skating  Club is excited to offer the Skate Canada programs to the residents of Cochrane and surrounding areas.

The Pre-CanSkate program is a non-parented program designed for children 3 to 5 years of age, who have never skated before or who are not yet confident on the ice.

Lessons are taught by professional coaches who are specially trained and certified through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). Skate Canada Certified Professional Coaches and trained Program Assistants. Skaters will learn in an energetic, fun environment using skating aids and toys with the goal of having fun.

There are 8 basic skills for the skaters in this program:

  1. Balance on 2 feet
  2. Fall down and get up unassisted
  3. Move forward
  4. Move backward
  5. March around on the spot
  6. Make “snow”
  7. Jump on the spot
  8. 2-foot twist on the spot.

Once skaters have met the program requirements for Pre-CanSkate, they enter the CanSkate program.

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 if my child is older than 5 but doesn’t skate yet?  That’s no problem. Enroll them in the Pre-CanSkate class to start. As soon as they are ready they will be moved up to the CanSkate Program.

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 video screen in the lobby to see what dressing room your class has been assigned. A volunteer will help you with this process.   Please do not allow your skater on the ice until the coach has opened the door (for any class).  The first few days of skating is when grouping occurs and can look quite hectic. There can be some switching of groups and adjustments to ensure all skaters are in appropriate groups and skill levels.