Pre-CanSkate is for first time skaters looking to learn to skate and find out more about the sport. Lessons are taught in groups and testing consists mainly of skill specific colouring sheets. There are no competitions at this level, Pre-CanSkate program is solely designed to get people into the sport.
CanSkate is Skate Canada's flagship learn-to-skate program, designed for beginners of all ages. When you sign up for CanSkate you will be in a program that focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development. You will earn badges and other incentives as you learn fundamental skating skills. Lessons are given in a group format and led by an NCCP certified professional coach. Professional coaches are assisted by trained Program Assistants. The coach to student ratio is a maximum of 1:10. 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 Skating Programs.
CanPowerSkate is an action-packed, high energy instructional power skating program geared to hockey and ringette skaters that focuses on balance, power, agility, speed and endurance. Skills, techniques and conditioning drills are taught in a progressive format that emphasizes how the skills apply to game situations. CanPowerSkate provides an alternative to figure skating and is an excellent complement for those athletes playing on hockey or ringette teams. Its unique skill award program provides incentives and motivation for skaters to continue to achieve.
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. Unique in Canada, this program teaches figure skating skills in a group and/or private lesson format in a progressive and sequential manner and includes specifically designed awards and incentives. Skaters have the opportunity to take Skate Canada Tests through a nationally standardized testing system. Skaters who have mastered figure skating skills in STARSkate may also choose to pursue synchronized skating or pairs skating.
Competitions offer skaters the opportunity to show the skills they have learned and the opportunity to make new friends from other clubs or regions. Locally, skaters may choose to participate in our annual Algoma Interclub competition, or the Festival of Stars competition held in Sault Ste Marie.
By combining the basics of dance technique with sports principals, we hope to provide an Off-Ice Training Program that will expand each skater’s technical, physical and artistic abilities on the ice. Each week we will focus on flexibility, strength, stamina and choreography. Off-ice programming is combined with two daily on-ice sessions which include stroking sessions and the option of booking private lessons.
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