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Canskate Stages

CanSkate 1 - 4: This program is offered for children with at least some on ice experience. Skate Canada has indicated that children in this group must be able to skate forward and backward independently, as well as get up onto their feet without assistance. This is a learn-to-skate program that concentrates on basic agility, balance, and control skills. Under the direction of Coach Tracy and Program Assistants, the skaters will rotate through a circuit designed to target these skills. Please note that skaters will progress through these levels at their own pace and, as a result, may move levels in the middle of the season or start in the same level next season with just a few skills to complete before moving up. This program will run for 45 minutes each skating session.

Advanced CanSkate 5 - 6:This program is for those students who’s skill level has exceeded the circuit training elements of the CanSkate Program. This program focuses on the development of ice dance, free skate, and element skills, but the focus is not on testing or competitions. This program will run for one hour each skating session.

Bridge Program: This program is for skaters who have had advanced CanSkate experience and are able to practice with a certain degree of independence. The focus of this program is to fine tune the final ice dance, free skate and element skills needed to advance to STAR Skate Level 1. This program will run for one and a half hours each skating session.


This program is for more advanced skaters and focuses on ice dance, free skate and individual element skills. This level of instruction has a Skate Canada Star 1-5 testing component to be completed by our coach (addition Skate Canada Fees apply). This program will run for one and a half hours each session, and participants are required to act as Program Assistants for our CanSkate 1-4 program.