Programs Overview

Pre-Canskate

Pre-CanSkate is the basic learn-to-skate program offered by the club for the absolute beginner, whether their focus is on figure skating, hockey, speed skating or just skating for fun.
It is for first time skaters (3-5 years old) and is designed to give them the very basics of skating and to be a “fun” experience.

All Pre and 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.

Pre-CanSkate and CanSkate programs will run at once.  Please register your skater to CanSkate.

CanSkate

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.

All Pre and 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

“Junior Academy is by invitation only”

The Junior Academy Program is intended as an introduction to competitive figure skating. The Junior Academy Program is designed to be a bridge between the CanSkate program and the Skate Canada STARSkate program.  Skaters may be invited by their coaches to have private lessons while in the Junior Academy Program.

Dryland

Dryland training has become a crucial part of skating development. We offer a series of skating specific exercises and workouts specific for strength, agility, balance, flexibility, team building, and more.  This takes place at a local school, and it focuses on the fundamentals of fitness for the entire body and skating specific exercises.

The Junior Academy Package includes 1 hr. of Dryland Training per week.

Synchro Sessions also have Dryland Training session.

StarSkate

The STARSkate program consists of figure skating skills in four areas: Dance, Skills, FreeSkate and Interpretive. There are 10 Star levels.
Skaters usually begin working on Star 1 while in Jr. Academy and progress from  Star 2-10 once they have graduated Junior Academy and are taking private lessons in our StarSkate program. Skaters are tested regularly using a nationally standardized system and are judged by  an evaluator.

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.