CanSkate – Old


CanSkate is Skate Canada’s flagship learn-to-skate program, designed for beginners of all ages. Skaters 4-14 years old are taught in a small group by an NCCP certified professional coach.  Skaters progress at their own rate and coaches make sessions active using teaching aids, music and a wide variety of activities that create a fun environment and promote learning. CanSkate is the feeder program to all other Skate Canada programs.


Why sign up for CanSkate?

CanSkate is Canada’s only national learn-to-skate program. It was developed by experts to teach the fundamentals of skating in a progressive and sequential manner. When you sign up for CanSkate, you will be in a program that focuses on fun, participation, and basic skill development.

When you/your child registers for our CanSkate program, you also become a member of Skate Canada, the national sport governing body for figure skating in Canada. Other membership benefits include:

  • badges
  • stickers
  • tattoos
  • colouring sheets
  • progress updates and report cards
  • opportunity to be talent-scouted
  • opportunity to participate in a positive healthy lifestyle activity

Program Structure

The names of the STAGE badges are:
Stage 1 – Balance
Stage 2 – Glide Forward
Stage 3 – Glide Backward
Stage 4 – Edges
Stage 5 – Power
Stage 6 – Speed
Stage 7 (optional) – Pre-Preliminary



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Helmet Use Policy Information

**Equipment required: CSA approved hockey helmet, skates with laces, gloves, blades sharpened

**Suggested retailers: United Cycle, Pro-Skate