Preschool & Canskate

By , October 26, 2011 9:18 pm

What Is CanSkate?

The Preschool and Canskate programs at the Delta Skating Club are “Learn-to-Skate” programs for beginners, whether they want to be figure skaters, recreational skaters or sport skaters (hockey, ringette, speed skating).

Skate Canada CanSkate Program

CanSkate is Skate Canada’s flagship learn-to-skate program, designed for beginners of all ages. When you sign up for CanSkate you will be in a program that focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development. You will earn badges and other incentives as you learn fundamental skating skills. Lessons are given in a group format and led by an NCCP certified professional coach. Professional coaches are assisted by trained Program Assistants. The coach to student ratio is a maximum of 1:10. Skaters progress at their own rate and coaches make sessions active using teaching aids, music and a wide variety of activities that create a fun environment and promote learning. CanSkate is the feeder program to all other Skate Canada Skating Programs, and is presented by BMO Financial Group, reflecting their commitment to grassroots development.

(All information courtesy of Skate Canada –


Our CanSkate Preschool program is for children ages 3 to 5 years that have never skated before or have just started to learn to skate through local Parks and Recreation programs. The lessons are 30 minutes in duration with a “Skate Canada Certified Professional Coach” with the goal of having a ratio of 7 – 8 skaters to 1 Coach, along with the assistance of Skate Canada Trained Program Assistants. Our young skaters learn in an energetic fun environment to music and skating aids, with the goal of having fun, while learning how to become comfortable on the ice and taking those first strides.

What’s after Preschool?

Our Preschool skaters work on Canskate Stage 1 and will be moved to the Canskate program with the Coaches recommendation, once they have achieved Canskate Stage 1 and show they can move forward on their own.


Canskate introduces young skaters to the fundamentals of skating; GO Forward, Go Backward, STOP, TURN, SPIN & JUMP organized in 6 stages with an optional 7th stage for skaters who want to move onto figure skating. The lessons are taught in a fun, energetic atmosphere promoting continuous movement to music, with lots of rewards and incentives. Lessons are 45 minutes in duration on either, Monday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings with our “Skate Canada Certified Professional Coaches” (ratio 10:1) with assistance by our trained Program Assistants. It is recommended that Skaters register for 2 lessons per week for continual development throughout the year.

Canskaters are assessed by their coach on a day to day basis and badges are earned as the skills at each level are performed at the desired performance levels. Helmets (hockey) are mandatory and all skaters must have their own skates. Rental skates are not available during any of our sessions. Please refer to the Parent Handbook in the registration section of the website and also Important Dates to Remember for start and end dates.

What’s after Canskate?

Skaters can stay in Canskate to continue to refine their skills or choose to be figure skaters, speed skaters, hockey or ringette players and could also take lessons through our CanPowerskate programs. Once Canskaters complete Stage 3 they will be invited to join our Junior Development Program for those skaters that would like to develop as figure skaters and work towards the Skate Canada STARSkate program.

Click to view the Canskate Badge Chart


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