This program is a half-hour group lesson designed for children (age 5+) who have no or very little skating ability and is the starting pointing where skaters advance to the CanSkate program. Basic skills such as skating forward, backward, turning, jumping and stopping will be taught in a group of maximum of 5 skaters per group. A professional coach for each group will be on the ice during the entire session. Skaters will be grouped according to age and ability. Age appropriate toys, other props and visual aids may be used during the lessons. Circuits and trails will be drawn on the ice for skaters to learn and practice their skills.
Assessment will be an ongoing basis rather than having a set assessment day, allowing skaters progress at their own speed. Skaters who master their Pre-CanSkate skills and are able to skate the entire perimeter of the ice with speed, skate backwards and stop both forwards and backwards will advance to the CanSkate program.
No private lessons are available on this session.
CSA approved hockey helmets mandatory for all skaters.
Face masks recommended for younger skaters
Parents not allowed on the ice.
Mandatory for parents of children 10 or under to stay at the arena.
Eligibility for Fall/Winter 2019-20 Session – age 5+ as of September 30, 2019. No skating ability required.
What to wear skating ?
Skaters in the Pre-CanSkate session should wear warm comfortable clothing. Preferably dress in layers. Slush pants with warm pants underneath, warm jacket or snow suit as long as they are not too bulky.
Must wear mittens or gloves.