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Pre-CanSkate is a 30 minute learn-to-skate program for 4 & 5 year-olds. Skaters MUST be 4 years old by December 31st.

Age appropriate games and activities help pre-schoolers gain confidence and learn the basics of skating. Children are placed into groups according to ability and taught by Professional Coaches and assisted by trained, volunteer Program Assistants. The focus of this program is to make skating fun! Skating skills taught range from learning to stand and balance to going forwards and backwards.

Skating aids will be used at the professional coach's discretion.

CANSKATE, Pre-Teen & TeenSkate

CanSkate & Teenskate is a dynamic learn-to-skate program that focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development.

Who’s it for?

For beginners of all ages, as well as for those wishing to improve their basic skills whether their focus be for figure skating, hockey, speed skating or just skating for fun.

Who teaches it?

NCCP-trained professional coaches, assisted by trained program assistants.

What will you 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.

What can you expect?

Action, movement and fun! Lessons are given in a group format with a coach-to-student ratio of a maximum 1:10. Skaters progress at their own rate and coaches make sessions active using teaching aids, upbeat music and a wide variety of activities that create a motivational environment and promote learning. Badges, ribbons and other incentives are used to benchmark skaters’ progress and reward effort and participation.

Click Here: Watch SkateCanada - CanSkate Programs


Skaters who have achieved Canskate Stage 4 (or are over the age of 13) may wish to advance into our Pre-Junior program. Skaters will complete Stages 5 & 6 of the canskate program and learn aspects of the STARskate program, including dance, freeskate, and skills. This program is taught in a group format; however, skaters are encouraged to supplement this program with a one-on-one private lesson with a professional coach for an additional cost. Parents are encouraged to contact a professional coach directly if they wish to arrange additional lessons for their skater


Skills, Tests, Achievement, Recognition – this is what STARSkate is all about!

*** Overview of STARSkate 1-5 Program SKILLS - FREESKATE - DANCE  (PDF) ***

Is your CanSkater ready to progress to the next level? If your skater would like a more intensified program with a private coach, you can arrange private  lessons with a member of our professional coaching staff.


StarSkate offers opportunities to develop fundamental figure skating skills in the areas of ice dance, skills, free skate and interpretive skating.


Skaters are eligible to compete at local recreational interclub competitions and may choose to take tests to progress through the SkateCanada levels of preliminary to gold.


Skaters must have completed at least CanSkate stage five to enter the test program.  Arrangements with a coach must be made prior.

STARSkate offers opportunities for skaters of all ages to develop fundamental figure skating skills in the areas of ice dance, skating skills, free skate and interpretive skating. Unique in Canada, this program teaches figure skating skills in a group and/or private lesson format in a progressive and sequential manner and includes specifically designed awards and incentives. Skaters have the opportunity to take Skate Canada Tests through a nationally standardized testing system. Skaters who have mastered figure skating skills in STARSkate may also choose to pursue synchronized skating or pairs skating.

How STARSkate works

The STARSkate program consists of figure skating skills in four areas – Skating Skills, Ice Dance, Free Skate and Interpretive. Each area is divided into the following levels:

Primary Level Tests

  • Skating Skills: Preliminary, Junior Bronze

  • Free Skating: Preliminary, Junior Bronze

  • Dance: Preliminary, Junior Bronze

  • Interpretive: Introductory

Intermediate Level Tests

  • Skating Skills: Senior Bronze, Junior Silver

  • Free Skating: Senior Bronze, Junior Silver

  • Dance: Senior Bronze, Junior Silver

  • Interpretive: Bronze

Senior Level Tests

  • Skating Skills: Senior Silver, Gold

  • Free Skating: Senior Silver, Gold

  • Dance: Senior Silver, Gold, Diamond

  • Interpretive: Silver, Gold

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