CanSkate is Canada's 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 Advanced CanSkate and Junior STARSkate Programs.
CanSkate Fall and Winter Programs (2018-2019 Season):
Fall -- October 1, 2018 to December 20, 2018 (No skating October 8, Nov 10 & 12, 2018)
Winter -- January 14 to March 28, 2019 (No skating Feb 16 to 21, 2019
- 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)
CanSkate Spring 2019 Program
- Tuesday -- May 28 to June 18, 2019 - 4:15 to 5:00 p.m. (45 minutes)
- Thursday -- May 30 to June 20, 2019 (45 minutes)
Location Note: May 28 to June 13th -- classes are held at the Cochrane Arena. June 18 to 20, 2019 classes move to SLFSC Totem 3.
Please review below regarding the Equipment that is Required for Both Pre-CanSkate & CanSkate:
Skaters who are equipped properly will have more fun and will advance faster.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- Please arrive with ample time to get your child ready.
- Be sure to pick up your name badge from the table in the lobby and look on the rink video screen next to the arena doors to see what dressing room your class has been assigned.
- A volunteer will help you with this process.
- Please note skaters are not allowed on the ice until the coach opens the rink door.
- 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.
CanSkate & Pre-CanSkate Classes Important Dates:
Lessons Start in October to December and Winter lessons run January to March in our home arena by the tri-schools at 609 4 Ave N, Cochrane, AB.