Pre-CanSkate (Ages 3 & 4) 

Your child must have turned three years old before they start the Pre-CanSkate program. 

The Pre-CanSkate program is for first time skaters who are learning to skate. Children are taught in a group format using the Skate Canada National Program.  Children are taught basic skating fundamentals, with a focus on continuous movement and creative play.  

Pre-CanSkate is also a full year program running from September through to March however the first four sessions will be a graduated introduction to the ice to help transition the new skaters. Session 1 includes an information session for parents and skaters and a short on-ice session. Sessions 2-4 are half an hour to allow the skaters to get used to getting and off the ice and adjusting to the on-ice experience.  The rest of the sessions are run as regular 50 minute sessions with an extra five minutes taken to get the young skaters on and off the ice. 

Skate Canada has developed a new Pre-CanSkate program based on Sport Canada’s long term athlete development (LTAD) principles. Exciting new features include a fresh new look, new awards, great tools for coaches and most importantly a tested and proven new curriculum and delivery methods that guarantee skater success in developing stronger basic skills and developing them faster. But there’s more! The new program also includes specific skills that pertain to hockey, ringette, speed skating and figure skating. The result is a dynamic new program that prepares all skaters for virtually every ice sport.

The Lake Superior Figure Skating Club is proud to have all its programs taught by professional coaches who are specially trained and certified through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).




What is Pre-CanSkate?

Pre-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, Pre-CanSkate centers on physical literacy and the fundamental skills needed to take part in any ice sport or to skate as a recreational activity. 

Who’s it for?

For beginners of all ages, as well as for those wishing to improve their basic skills whether their focus be for figure skating, hockey, speed skating or just skating for fun.


Who teaches it?

NCCP-trained professional coaches, assisted by trained program assistants.


What will you learn?

A complete series of balance, control and agility skills taught in six stages of learning that pertain to hockey, ringette, speed skating and figure skating as well as general recreational skating. Pre-CanSkate uses nationally-tested and proven curriculum and delivery methods that guarantee skater success in developing stronger basic skills and developing them faster.

 What can you expect?

Action, movement and fun! Lessons are given in a group format with a coach-to-student ratio of a maximum 1:10. Skaters progress at their own rate and coaches make sessions active using teaching aids, upbeat music and a wide variety of activities that create a motivational environment and promote learning. Badges, ribbons and other incentives are used to benchmark skaters’ progress and reward effort and participation.




What do you need to participate?

All you need are skates, a CSA-approved hockey helmet, long pants, mittens, warm sweater or jacket. Dress in layers – it will get warm!

Click HERE to download the Pre-CanSkate parent letter explaining more fully what you can expect in this program.  

Pre-CanSkate programs run Sunday 3:40 to 4:30, Monday 6:10 to 7:00 and Tuesday 6:10 to 7:00 from September to March along with the regular CanSkate program.