The CanSkate program is Skate Canada's flagship learn-to-skate program. It is designed to teach basic skating techniques common to both figure skaters, hockey players or recreational skaters. The programs offer basic skating instruction in a group format to skaters of all ages. CanSkate programs are taught by certified coaches from Moose Jaw Skating Club's coaching staff.
The coaches are assisted on ice by Program Assistants (PAs) who are senior skaters in the Club.
CanSkate First Blades (3-5 years of age)
For young, first-time skaters we offer the CanSkate First Blades sessions, which focus on the very basics of skating skills. This will be a 30 minute, on-ice session, twice a week. It is designed with a strong element of play. Helmets and mitts are required.
CanSkate (5 years and over)
This is a learn-to-skate program for all ages. Upon completion of all stages in this program your child will be ready for any ice sports they may wish to enter. Coaching ratio will be minimum 1 coach : 10 skaters. This will be a 45 minute on-ice session, twice a week. Helmets and mitts are required.
In CanSkate First Blades and CanSkate, each session starts with the group warmup which includes forwards and backwards stroking. The students then break into groups which are usually composed of skaters working on a similar level/badge. Many skills are incorporated into the fun activities that you see on the ice. Skaters are having a lot of fun and perfecting skills at the same time. Skaters are evaluated twice over the winter where report cards and badges are awarded.
Once a skater reaches Stage/Badge 4 he/she will advance into the CanSkate Advanced program. This is a learn-to-figure skate program where skaters are taught spins, jimps, field movement, stroking and dance steps in a group lesson. Skaters who do not wish to pursue figure skating can finish their badges within the CanSkate program. This will be a 45 minute on-ice session, twice a week. Figure skates are required