CanSkate is a dynamic learn-to-skate program that focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development. Based on Sport Canada’s long-term athlete development (LTAD) principles, CanSkate centers on physical literacy and the fundamental skills needed to take part in any ice sport or to skate as a recreational activity. Designed to encourage beginners as early as 3 years of age, skaters are divided into groups according to skill level. Evaluation takes place on an ongoing basis with no formal testing.
Badge levels range from 1 to 6, and each Badge has 3 sections: Agility, Control and Balance. Once a child has received a ribbon for each of these sections, they will receive their badge. Instruction is given by certified professional coaches and qualified Program Assistants (PA's). As each skater accomplishes the skills required to complete a stage, they will receive a badge and will be moved to the next level to learn a new set of skills. These skills are predetermined by Skate Canada and can be found on the Skate Canada website or on our bulletin board at the arena.
Skills, Tests, Achievement, Recognition – this is what STARSkate is all about!
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. This program teaches figure skating skills in a group and/or private lesson format in a progressive and sequential manner.
Skaters may choose to remain in the STARSkate Program, taking tests (although not mandatory) at organized test sessions and honing learned skills. Skaters may also choose to enter competitions, while still trying Skate Canada tests. Other skaters may feel that they have progressed to a point where they may wish to enter the Skate Canada CompetitiveSkate Program.