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.

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

ENRICHMENT PROGRAM AGES 6-8

Skaters recomended into this program by their coach demonstrate natural skating abilities and are expected to progress quickly through the CanSkate program. The enrichment program offers the opportunity for skaters to be grouped with other identified young figure skaters in an accelerated learning environment.

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.