Maple Ridge Skating Club is a member of Skate Canada, the oldest and largest figure skating organization in the world that is recognized by the Government of Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) as the governing body for the sport of figure skating in Canada.
As a Skate Canada Member Club, MRSC delivers skating programs that help people reach any skating goals, whatever they might be – reaching an Olympic figure skating podium, enhancing skating skills for hockey, ringette or speed skating, or going for a leisurely glide with family for fun, fitness and a healthy lifestyle.

CanSkate

Our CanSkate program is Skate Canada’s flagship learn-to-skate program for beginners of any age that teaches fundamental movements and basic skills.
Our Pre-CanSkate program is run at the same time as CanSkate and is the basic learn-to-skate program for the very young first-time skaters. It is designed to give them the very basics of skating and to be a “fun” experience. Pre-CanSkaters are moved into the regular CanSkate program when have acquired basic skating skills.

All CanSkaters are required to wear CSA approved helmets.  Face shields or cages are highly recommended for skaters aged 5 and under.
Skates and helmets are NOT available for rent during lessons. Skaters must bring their own.

Junior Academy (Star 1)

Our Junior Academy  program is the bridge that allows for a smooth transition from CanSkate to Skate Canada’s  STAR program, and provides our skaters with the opportunity to be recognized through a nationally standardized assessment system for achieving specific figure skating skills in the areas of Skills, Freeskate, and Ice Dance.

STAR – Bronze, Silver and Gold

Our STAR programs- Bronze, Silver, and Gold offer opportunities for skaters of all ages to further develop figure skating skills in the areas of Skills, Freeskate, Ice Dance, and Artistic. The programs are targeting athletes looking for a future in the sport and introduce skaters to more advanced figure skating elements. Skaters work toward achieving their skating goals through STAR assessments and participation in figure skating competitions.

Off Ice Conditioning

Off Ice Training has become a crucial part of skating development.

Ballet, Stretch and Conditioning
(Bronze – Gold) Hayley, our ballet instructor, will work with the skaters every week in order to strengthen their resistance and flexibility while maintaining safe and controlled postures through ballet and stretching; she will also work in rhythm and coordination which are very important for figure skating. Any skater hoping to stay injury free and perform beautifully on the ice needs to set their foundation of ballet training at a very young age.

Dryland Jumping and Spinning
(Bronze – Gold) A mixture of rotational exercises, positioning work and skating specific movement patterns.  Dryland jumping and spinning is a key off ice class for any skater in order to be technically efficient on the ice.

Synchro

Synchronized skating, or “Synchro” is a specialized discipline of skating involving groups of eight or more skaters performing various group formations. The objective is for the team to perform as one unit, while demonstrating quality edges, power and flow.

Participants must be taking private lessons twice a week or be part of Jr. Academy to be able to participate in Synchro.

Annual evaluations are held for team placement.

Off Ice Training sessions are included.

Attire Options for all Programs

For all our programs (Junior Academy, Starskate Development, Competitive Performance Training):

  • Girls can wear a skating dress or skirt and/or tight leggings and a tight athletic zip up jacket. Boys must wear athletic or skating pants and athletic zip up jacket.
  • Hair must tied back in a tight bun or pony tail.
  • Gloves are optional but recommended.

Attire that will not be accepted: sweatpants, hoodies, hats, jeans.
If you skater is not wearing appropriate attire they will be asked to remove it (e.g Hoodie).  

These attire options are set in place for safety and for training purposes.

Taught by professional coaches certified through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), our programs are held in a fun, safe and friendly environment that allows for unrestricted movement and rapid development.