The Enrichment program is now referred to as, the“fast track” program. Skaters are identified within the Canskate program by the Technical Director and placed into a group with a fast track coach for one complete year (3-4 sessions). The fast track coach will be consistent throughout the year and skaters are encouraged to continue with this coach into the private lesson stage upon completion of the “fast track” program. There is a maximum of 6 skaters in each of the “fast track” program that will take place in every Canskate program. Skaters and parents will be notified by the Technical Director if their child has shown advanced learning skills and would fit into this program.
The Group Star program is designed to follow the Canskate program. Skaters working on Stage 5 and 6 would be encouraged to skate in this program twice a week. There will be group instruction included within this program but it is considered a transition program leading into Star 1-2. There is a fitness component with this program once per week.
Intro to Figure skating is no longer offered. Skaters leaving fast track or Canskate and moving into private lessons are encouraged to register for a two day Tues/Sat Star 1-2 program with a selected coach. Former Intro to FS skaters that have not selected a coach may contact Pat teBoekhorst, Technical Director, for recommendations. The program will follow the guidelines of Skate Canada Star 1-2 with an introduction of Skills, Freeskate and Dance. There is a fitness component associated with this program.
Star 1-2 is an entry level figure skating program that follows the guidelines of Skate Canada Star program. An introduction to Skills, Freeskate and Dance is provided in a group private lesson setting with a Base coach. Skaters are encouraged to skate 2 or 3 times per week in this program. There is a fitness component with this program.
Star 3-5 is also a Star program at a more advanced level which follows Skate Canada guidelines. Skaters are more inclined to start competing at this level and will likely be encouraged, by their private coach, to skate a minimum of 3 days per week year round. There is a fitness component with this program.
Star 4-7 is now referred to as Competitive Development. This program is designed to focus on the Freeskate component and skaters will be advised to skate a minimum of 4-5 times per week year round. Skaters will be directed into this program through their base coach and Technical Director. Skaters will be encouraged to compete at a pre Sectional level, Provincial level and beyond. Training and expectations are more intense at this level. There is a fitness component with this program and possible fitness testing for skaters.
Star 6-10+ is the highest level of the Star program. Skaters are advised to skate 3-4 times per week year round and will also be encouraged to compete at the Star level. Skaters at this level focus on Skate Canada testing for Skills, Freeskate and Dance in order to achieve their Gold tests. There is a fitness component with this program.
Star 16+ is a program designed for skaters that were former skaters or possibly new Teen/Adult skaters that would like to obtain private lessons as a part of their training. There is a fitness component once a week for this program.
Synchro is a team program that has grown in popularity in Skate Canada. We have four levels of synchro, three of which will compete throughout the season. The Beginner 2 synchro is an entry level, Pre Novice and Intermediate are more competitive, and Adult is recreational for our Adult skaters. Skaters in these programs also skate in our Star or Comp sessions.
Competitive Singles, Pairs, and Dance sessions are designed for the skaters competing at a Sectional, Challenge and National level. Skaters skate year round and have two sessions per day as well as a fitness component. Competitive Development skaters transition from one session to 2 or 3 times per week to benefit from the competitive environment within each of the competitive disciplines. KWSC prides themselves in developing many former National and Olympic athletes. It is our vision to continue to build our competitive program from the grassroots and beyond. Skate Canada has encouraged a “Skate for Life” model that KWSC is proud to offer its community.