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.
Here's what you can expect at your first CanSkate session!
This is an introductory skating program for children aged 3 -5 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 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.
A skating program for teens 13-17 years old. Skaters are taught according to ability and have lots of fun!
A skating program for adults of all ages and levels. Skaters are taught according to ability and have lots of fun!
PROPER EQUIPMENT FOR CANSKATE
Review this video from Skate Canada to learn about proper equipment for CanSkate programs.
The Kitchener Waterloo Skating Club would like to thank The Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund for generously supporting our CanSkate program.