LEARN-TO-SKATE PROGRAMS


Our Learn-to-Skate programs are designed to teach fundamental skating skills to people of all ages interested in ice sports such as hockey, ringette, and figure skating, as well as those wanting to skate for fitness and enjoyment for life.

Most learn-to-skate programs are offered year-round at rinks located throughout the Waterloo Region.

PARENT & TOT PROGRAM AGES 2-3

This is an introductory skating program for children aged 2 and 3 years accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older. The accompanying adult must have competent skating abilities and must be able to assist the tot throughout the lesson. A Skate Canada coach will lead each session using games, songs and toys. For insurance purposes, the same adult must accompany the tot for all lessons. Both the child and the adult must wear a CSA-certified hockey helmet. The adult's helmet not only improves safety on the ice, it sets a good example for all the children in the lesson.

CANSKATE PROGRAM AGES 3-11

CanSkate is Skate Canada's flagship learn-to-skate program, designed for beginners of all ages. This program is beneficial to any skater with an interest in ice sports (figure skating, hockey, ringette). Participants earn badges while they learn fundamental skating skills. Skaters are placed in groups according to ability and taught by a professional coach and assisted by qualified CanSkate program assistants. When you choose CanSkate, you will enjoy a program that focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development. Note: Skaters who wish to progress more rapidly in the CanSkate program should register for two sessions per week.

CanSkate programs are first grouped by age (outlined below), and once they step on the ice, they are grouped by skating ability. Register your skaters for the age group that you feel would suit them. Once on the ice, coaches can evaluate if they are placed in the right program.

PROGRAM AGES
CanSkate A 3-6
CanSkate B 4-8
CanSkate C 7-12

FAST TRACK PROGRAM (PREVIOUSLY ENRICHMENT) AGES 6-8

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 “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. 

COMMUNITY LEARN-TO-SKATE PROGRAM AGES 5-15

Offered in cooperation with the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo, the focus of this program is to learn basic skating skills in a group setting while having fun. This program teaches the beginning skills of basic skating (forwards, backwards, gliding, and stopping). Compared to the CanSkate program, skaters are placed in larger groups according to their ability. This is an excellent program to enroll your child in to aid in their school skating curriculum or to learn to skate with their peers. Skaters receive ribbons as incentives. Offered in Fall and Winter only.

TEEN CANSKATE PROGRAM AGES 12-17

A skating program for teens 13-17 years old. Skaters are taught according to ability and have lots of fun!

ADULT CANSKATE PROGRAM AGES 18+

A skating program for adults of all ages and levels. Skaters are taught according to ability and have lots of fun!

For more information, see our Getting Started in Skating Guide, and our Learn-to-Skate FAQs.