The Pre-CanSkate program is a non-parented program designed for children 3 to 4 years of age, who have never skated before or who are not yet confident on the ice.
If you have a child older than 5 and wanting to learn how to skate, enrol them in the Pre-CanSkate class to start.
Once skaters have met the program requirements for Pre-CanSkate, they enter the CanSkate program. 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:
Balance on 2 feet
Fall down and get up unassisted
March around on the spot
Jump on the spot
2-foot twist on the spot
Our Fall Skating Season:
- Starts October 1, 2018 to December 20, 2018.
Our Winter Skating Season:
- Starts January 14, 2019 to March 28, 2019.
Pre-CanSkate is a 30 minute class offered:
Mondays from 3:15 to 3:45pm
Tuesdays from 5:15 to 5:45pm
Thursdays from 5:15 to 5:45pm
Saturdays from 9:00 to 9:30am
Saturdays from 9:30 to 10:00am
**Please note: No Skating October 8, November 10 & 12, 2018 & February 16-21, 2019
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.
Pre-CanSkate & CanSkate Classes Important Dates:
Lessons Start in October to December and then Winter lessons run January to March in our home arena up by the tri-schools at 609 4 Ave N, Cochrane, AB.