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Pre-CanSkate Program Overview 

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The Pre-CanSkate program is a non-parented program designed for children ages 3 and up, who have not been on skates. Skaters will learn in an energetic, fun environment using skating aids and toys with the goal of having fun.

Children must be 3 years old on the first date of class to register. We regret that we cannot accept children under the age of 3. 

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

They may register in CanSkate if they have not attended Pre-CanSkate but do have the skills below.  

Note: Not all skaters who are 3 are ready for an unparented program and may not be ready to take instruction. If this occurs, the coaches will speak to you and will recommend that the skater be withdrawn and to register when they are a bit older, which is often the next program offering. 

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

 

Pre-CanSkate Schedule

 

     

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


Spring 2022 Skating Program

**Registration is now open

  • Tuesday May 31 - June 23, 2022 --  4:30 to 5:00 p.m. 
  • Thursday June 2 to June 23, 2022 -- 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. 

Skaters will benefit from registering for both Tuesday and Thursday classes -- add each day to shopping cart to register for both.   

Note:  Skate Canada fees and Skater Admin fees are valid until August 31, 2022 so if your skater was registered with us in either Fall or Winter programs you will not be charged these fees for the June programs. 

Location Note:  The classes will start at the Cochrane Arena and will move to Spray Lakes mid June. The club will send a notification for when the location will change. 


Fall (Sept to Dec 2021) Skating Programs: 

  • Monday Programs: September 27 to December 6, 2021
  • Tuesday Programs:  October 5 to December 7, 2021
  • Thursday Programs: October 7 to December 9, 2021
  • Saturday Programs:  October 2 to December 11, 2021

Winter (Jan to Mar 2022) Skating Programs:

  • Monday Programs:  January 3 to March 28, 2022
  • Tuesday Programs:  January 11 to March 22, 2022
  • Thursday Programs: January 13 to March 24, 2022
  • Saturday Programs:  January 15 to March 26, 2022

Pre-CanSkate is a 30 minute class offered on the following days/times:

  • Mondays from 3:15 to 3:45 pm

  • Tuesdays from 5:15 to 5:45 pm

  • Thursdays from 5:15 to 5:45 pm

  • Saturdays from 9:00 to 9:30 am

  • Saturdays from 9:30 to 10:00 am

**Please note: No Skating Dates: October 9; October 11; January 31, February 19, February 21, February 24, and March 7

Skaters can register for more than one day (e.g. Tuesday and Thursdays) as skill development and progress will occur quicker with more practice / on-ice time.   Simply add each program to your cart. 

Select the Register Button Above to be taken to the Registration Page where all Program Prices are listed. 


 

Equipment Requirements

 

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?

  • Arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to the ice time. 
  • Check the monitor in the lobby for the dressing room assigned to CanSkate. Please do not change in rooms not assigned as other clubs/user groups may have those dressing rooms assigned to them. 
  • Collect your skaters name tag and attached to their jacket. Note the coaches will keep it at the end of the class to take attendance. 
  • Arrive with your skater fully dressed with skates and guards on to protect skates. .  
  • 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. 

 

 

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