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Cochrane Skating Club's CanSkate Program


 (Select the Register Button to be taken to the Registration and Pricing Page.)



CanSkate is Skate Canada's nationally-recognized flagship program designed for skaters 4-15 years of age or who have completed the Pre-CanSkate Program (or have equivalent skills).

It 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.

Skaters will 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. 

Coaches make sessions active using teaching aids, upbeat music and a wide variety of activities that create a motivational environment and promote learning and skaters progress at their own rate. Our coaches continuously monitor progress and skills of each skater and will use their discretion to move skaters into the appropriate program.

CanSkaters may graduate to the Cochrane Skating's Club Advanced CanSkate and Junior STARSkate Programs.

CanSkate Fall and Winter Programs (2020-2021 Season)  

Fall -- September 28 to Dec 14, 2020 (No Skating Oct 10, Oct 12, Nov 23)

Winter -- January 11 to March 29, 2021 (No Skating Feb 15, Feb 16, Feb 18, Feb 20, Mar 8)

  • Monday -- 3:00 to 3:45 p.m. (45 minutes)
  • Tuesday -- 5:15 to 6:00 p.m. (45 minutes)
  • Thursday -- 5:15 to 6:00 p.m. (45 minutes)
  • Saturday --9:00 to 10:00 a.m. (60 minutes)

Note: Skaters can register for multiple days by adding each day separately to your cart.   

Mandatory Parent Meeting 

  • Saturday September 19, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. 
  • Thursday September 24th at 7:00 p.m. 
  • Tuesday September 29th at 8:00 p.m. 

(parents will be required to register for one session prior to the first day of classes - link to sign up will be sent to registered families via email)

Important Notes for this Season due to COVID:

  • All participants must be 4 years or older on the first day of classes
  • Skaters must have passed Pre-CanSkate or have the equivalent skills .  Skaters must be able to get up without assistance, stand, and shuffle forward. Skaters must also be able to follow verbal instructions. If coaches determine a skater is unable to maintain physical distance or follow verbal instructions, Cochrane Skating Club reserves the right to withdraw the skater from the program. Pro-rated refunds for remaining classes will be processed in accordance with the CanSkate Fee and Refund Policy. 
  • Dressing rooms will not be available. Skaters must arrive at the rink with skates/guards on.
  • Skaters must not come to the rink if they have any COVID symptoms and must provide a daily Health Screening form to the coaches when signing in.
  • CanSkate spectators are limited to one parent/guardian per skate only. . Please email if you have extenuating circumstances which make this difficult. Spectators who wish to remain in the stands are required to complete the spectator sign in form that is part of the Health and Safety Screening form. 

  • Entrance to the facility will be the front doors.  The hallways are one way only. Exit will be from the exit doors in the dressing room hallways (note the dressing rooms are not to be used for putting on skates etc.).  The Coaches will advise in the parent meeting where you will meet your skater to exit the building.  
  • Refer to the CanSkate Return to Play Protocols for full requirements. 


Equipment Required for Both Pre-CanSkate & CanSkate:

Skaters who are equipped properly will have more fun and will advance faster

1. Skates:

  • Skates fit comfortably and there is sufficient ankle support
  • There is room for toes to wiggle slightly
  • Heels do not lift inside the skate more than ¼ inch
  • An adult finger can fit in the top of the boot when done up
  • Excess laces are tucked or tied up so that they do not hang loose or drag on the ice.
  • We do not recommend the “adjustable or expandable” skates or Molded plastic skates as can hinder skater progress, but either hockey or figure skates options are fine. 

2. CSA-Approved Hockey Helmet:

  • A CSA-approved hockey helmet MUST be worn by all skaters up to and including stage 5 (please click to see Skate Canada Helmet Policy). This means the helmet MUST have the red/blue CSA sticker on it to be valid.This policy will be strictly enforced, please read carefully to avoid disappointment. No bike helmets are permitted and skaters will not be permitted on the ice. 

3. Clothing:

  • Skaters should dress warm layers for our sessions; items such as long drawstrings, scarves, dangling coat belts, etc. can be a hazard on the ice and should be removed or avoided.
  • Warm mittens or gloves are mandatory and children will not be allowed to skate without them.

Equipment Care:

  • To protect the skate blades, skate guards should be worn in any area that is not protected by rubber mats.
  • At the end of every session the blades should be wiped with a dry cloth to prevent rusting.
  • Skate sharpening should be done periodically, about every 30 hours of skating (depending on usage and care). The bottom pick on figure skates should not be removed – the pick is part of the design and is essential to proper balance.

What happens on the first day?

  • Complete the Health Screen Assessment at home and bring to the rink. P
  • Arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to the ice time. At this time only 1 parent or guardian is allowed with the skater. 
  • Arrive with your skater full dressed with skates and guards on to protect skates. .  
  • Check in with the Health and Safety Volunteer and hand in the Health Screening Assessment
  • Wait in the designated area with your skater maintaining 2 meters of distance until the coaches ask you to enter the rink. 
  • Skaters will exit the building through side doors that will be explained during the parent meeting.  
  • Note the first couple of classes are when skaters are grouped and it's normal for skaters to be a bit confused or the session to look hectic.  There will be be some switching of groups and adjustments to ensure all skaters are in appropriate groups and skill levels in the first few classes.  Coaches may move skaters to different groups throughout the program based on how they progress.