This program is a half-hour group lesson designed for children ages 5-12 who have no or very little skating ability. Pre-CanSkate is the starting point where skaters advance to the CanSkate program. Basic skills such as skating forward, backwards, turning, jumping and stopping will be taught in a group of a 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 will advance to the CanSkate program.
No private lessons are available on this session.
CSA approved hockey helmets with chip strap are mandatory for all skaters.
Face masks are recommended for younger skaters.
Parents of skaters 10 years and under MUST remain on the premises during their child’s entire session.
COVID Consideration: Parents/Guardians are not allowed to stay at the arena and watch. It is recommended that parents/guardians of skaters (especially those of younger skaters) remain close by during their child’s entire session and can come to the arena quickly.
Eligibility for Fall/Winter 2021 Session – ages 5+ as of September 30, 2021. 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.