Delta Skating Club Programs

Delta Skating Club offers a number of programs that are Skate Canada approved.  Our group of coaches creative both a creative and constructive environment for our membership.

A new improved Canskate program has been designed based on Sport Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) principles. New features include a fresh new look. The new program includes specific skills that pertain to hockey, ringette, speed skating and figure skating. The result is a dynamic new program that prepares all skaters for virtually every ice sport.

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. Lessons are given in a group format and led by an NCCP certified professional coach. Professional coaches are assisted by trained Program Assistants. Coaches make sessions active using teaching aids, music and a wide variety of activities that create a fun environment and promote learning. Skaters earn badges and other incentives and progress at their own rate. CanSkate is the feeder program to all other Skate Canada Skating Programs.

(Information courtesy of Skate Canada –

PRE-CANSKATE PROGRAM: Ages 3 and older

Our Pre-Canskate program is for children that have never skated before or who are not confident on the ice.   The lessons are 45 minutes in duration with a “Skate Canada Certified Professional Coach” with the goal of having a ratio of 3-4 skaters to 1 Coach or 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.  Pre-Canskaters work on essentials needed to move safely and effectively on the ice.  There are eight basic skills designed to ready them for the Canskate program:  Balance on 2 feet, Fall down and get up, Move forward, Move Backward, March around the spot, Make snow, Jump on the spot, 2-foot twist on the spot.  As soon as skaters are ready they will be moved to the main stream Canskate program.


Canskate introduces young skaters to the fundamentals of skating;  Balance, Control and Agility, organized in 6 stages. The lessons are taught in a fun, energetic atmosphere promoting continuous movement to music, with lots of rewards and incentives with our “Skate Canada Certified Professional Coaches” (ratio 10:1) with assistance by our trained Program Assistants.  Lessons are 45 minutes in duration on  Monday & Wednesday at Ladner Leisure Centre and Thursday, Friday or Saturday mornings at South Delta Recreation Centre.  It is recommended that Skaters register for 2 lessons per week for continual development throughout the year.


All Canskate participants up to and including Stage 5 must wear a CSA Hockey Helmet and all skaters must have their own skates. Skate Rentals are not available during any of our sessions.

What’s after Canskate?

Skaters can stay in Canskate to continue to refine their skills or choose one of our other programs for figure skaters, hockey or ringette players.  Once Canskaters complete Stage 3 they may 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 or our Powerskating Program for hockey and ringette players.

The Delta Skating Club Rising Star Program is for skaters that have passed CanSkate Stage 3 with an interest in figure skating.

Rising Star is the next stage for skaters to bridge the gap between CanSkate group lessons and the StarSkate Program. The RS program will allow a more in-depth experience where skaters will work on the completion of CanSkate stages and will be introduced to figure skating disciplines such as skills, freeskate and dance. The RS program also includes Off ice program.

Skaters at the Rising Star level are expected to skate twice/week which promotes quick progress. Each session includes Dryland and ON Ice group session. Session includes all ice and coaching fees.

It is important that skaters in the Rising Star program wear proper skating attire.

Once skaters reach Stage 6 or display a readiness to move on to a private/semi private/small group format, they will advance to the StarSkate program.

StarSkate Program

Star program offers opportunities for skaters who have passed Canskate Stage 6 to further develop figure skating skills.  The program involves freeskate, group enrichment and dance/skills sessions and dryland training, to complement their on-ice development.  Skaters are recommended to skate  2 or 3 times/week. Freeskate involves private or semi-private lessons with a  coach of the skaters choice.   Delta Skating Club has divided the Star program into two levels:  Star 1-3 and Star 4+.

Program Options

There are many options that a skater can take that should be discussed with their coach. One can take Skate Canada Tests to develop their skills in conjunction with entering Starskate competitions or the athlete can choose to move into the Skate Canada Competitive Skate program.

How to decide between private, semi-private or small group (max 3) lessons?

While some feel that private lessons offer the most opportunity for direct 1 on 1 learning and the possibility of quicker advancement, your child’s learning style should be taken into consideration.  Some skaters are able to focus and learn more effectively in a private lesson format while others may find it intimidating.  Please discuss with the coach what style of learning would be best for your child.

How long are private, semi-private or small group lessons?

A minimum of 15 minutes.  Depending on your coach’s availability there may be opportunity for 20 or 30 minute lessons.  Please discuss with your coach.

How are the semi-private or small groups determined?

If you decide to do semi-private or small group lessons please understand that it’s up to the coach’s discretion as to which skaters to pair or group together based on how many other skaters they have during the session and the skill level of those skaters.

How is my child assessed in Starskate program?

Your child’s coach will be responsible for assessing when ready and will assess to a nation-wide Skate Canada standard.  Star 1 includes 3 assessments while Star 2 includes 5.  As your skater masters the skills at each level they will be assessed by their coach on a regular session.  There are 23 assessments in the Star 1-5 programs.  All assessments have a Skate Canada fee of $12 which must be paid prior to the assessment.

(Refer to Skate Canada for further information –

Off Ice classes are part of the Junior Development, Star 1-3 and Star 4+ programs.

Off-ice classes are taught by our club coaches and focuses on developing well-rounded skaters.  Attention is given to precise technique for off -ice jumps, flexibility, balance, and strength all of which are applied directly on the ice.

Junior Development Off Ice – The goal of JD off-ice is to introduce skaters to the technique of performing rotating jumps focusing on the basics like quarter, half, and full rotation jumps.  Attention to detail is crucial at this stage since later classes work towards increasing rotations.  The basics of stretching and flexibility are also included in order to increase flexibility for spiral and spins.

Star Program Off-Ice – The goal of Star Program off-ice is to improve on already learned techniques of rotating jumps such as double and potentially, triple rotations.  Working on jump elements such as axels are also included in order to better technique and improve on aspects such as height and faster rotation.  Flexibility includes not only the ability to perform a beautiful spiral, but also to have the strength and balance to maintain a beautiful spiral and achieve incredible spins.

All Skaters participating in Off-ice classes are required to:

  1. Have all loose hair tied up (ponytail, pig-tails, etc)
  2. Wear appropriate shoes such as runners (ie. no street shoes, flats, boots, etc)
  3. Bring a water bottle (no sugary drinks unless for dietary needs)
  4. Have a great attitude!

Powerskate is an action packed, high energy instructional program geared to hockey and ringette skaters that focuses on balance, power, agility, speed and endurance.   Skills, techniques and conditioning drills are taught in a progressive format that emphasized how the skills apply to game situations.   This is NOT a Learn to Skate program as Skaters should know how to skate forward (able to skate the length of the rink using alternate strides), backwards and stop on command without use of the boards.  Children needing to learn to skate should register in our CANSKATE learn to skate program.

CSA approved Hockey Helmet & full face shield, hockey gloves & neck guard required for Pre Power and  Full Hockey/Ringette equipment is required for the Entry, Intermediate and Advance Powerskating Program.

Please register for the appropriate session ability.

For more information on this program please contact our Club Administrator at (604) 940-6749. Skate rentals are NOT available during Powerskate.


Birth Year: 5-7 years old (Hockey 1, 2)

Entry Level CanPower

Birth Year: Minimum 6 years (Hockey 3, 4)

Entry Level ADVANCED CanPower

Birth Year: Minimum 6 years old (Hockey 3, 4)
Minimum – Level 1 – Silver Achievement

Intermediate CanPower

Birth Year: Minimum 8 years old  (Hockey Atom)
Minimum -Minimum Level 2 Bronze

Advanced CanPower

Birth Year: Based on Ability  (Hockey Atom Rep to Bantam)
Minimum – Level 2 – Silver Achievement

Synchronized skating, or “synchro” is a specialized discipline of skating involving groups of  8 or more performing various groups formations and maneuvers. The objective is for the team to perform as one unit executing circles, lines, blocks, wheels and intersections in unison to the music, while demonstrating quality edges, power and flow. Synchronized skating has grown in popularity around the word as it provides a great place for skaters to become part of a team and skate for life.

We are fortunate at Delta Skating Club to have several synchro coaches which has allowed us to have two medal winning teams – Solar Flare and Solar Ice.

The level of the team varies from year to year depending on the number, age, and skill level of skaters.

Each team completes and performs in several events each season including the Winter Gala, Mountains, WestCoast Challenge, Ice Hawks game intermissions, and of course the Delta Skating Club Year End Ice Show.

Expectations and Requirements for Synchro Team members are:

  1. Commitment to attend all practices and competitions
  2. Each skater much have team spirit, work hard, and support and respect all team members.
  3. Skaters are required to skate 2-3 days of the week to further develop or maintain their skating skills.
  4. Fundraising is mandatory to pay for competition fees, coaching fees,  team costume and team practice attire costs.
  5. Each synchro skater (or synchro parent) must complete 4 hours of volunteer time.

Delta Skating Test Day Guidelines

Test Categories

Skaters have the opportunity to take Skate Canada Tests through a nationally standardized testing system. There are four categories of tests and it may take many years to complete all test levels.

Skating skills Free Skate Dance Interpretive
Preliminary Junior Preliminary Junior Preliminary Junior Introductory
Bronze Bronze Bronze Bronze
Senior Bronze Senior Bronze Senior Bronze Silver
Junior Silver Junior Silver Junior Silver Gold
Senior Silver Senior Silver Senior Silver
Gold Gold Gold

Most Free Skate tests are offered in two parts, the “elements” and the “program”, which is choreographed and skated to music. These can be tried separately or on the same test day. A skater can progress through the elements portion, or the program portion independently of the other portion. However, in order to get credit for the Free Skate test they have to pass both components.

Dance. There are three individual dances to be completed at the Preliminary, Junior Bronze and Senior Bronze Level.  Once skaters advance to the Junior Silver, Senior Silver, Gold or Diamond dance level it is 4/5 tests that need to be completed at each level.

Under this test system, tests are evaluated by one person (an Evaluator) who assesses a skater’s proficiency against a standard using a word scale (excellent, good, satisfactory, or needs improvement) identifying skills performed well and those requiring further development.

Test Days

Delta Skating Club schedules tests once in the fall and once in the spring for all disciplines at every level, provided a qualified Skate Canada Evaluator or Judge is available for the test levels. Once a skater passes a test, they then move to the next level in that discipline. If the test is not successful the skater can retry that test at the next test day.

Test Fees

Free Skating Dance Competitive Singles, Pairs, Dance $12.00 per part (2 parts) $10.00 per individual dance + partner fee $20.00 per test
Interpretive $12.00 per test
Skating Skills $ 12.00 per test
Test Day Administrative Fee ** $ 10.00 per test

**Please note: The Administrator Fee per skater is $10.00 per test day to coverage items such as evaluator’s mileage, food and, ice costs.  There may be additional coaching fees from the skaters’ coach that should be discussed by the coach prior to the test day.

How is it decided that it is time to try a test?

The decision to try a test lies with the skaters private coach.  In general, a test is not attempted until the skater consistently exceeds, in regular practice, the listed standards for a particular level of test. The reason for this is that, on test days, most skaters are somewhat nervous. Therefore, it is quite likely that their quality of skating at test day will fall a little short of their normal level of performance during practice. If they attempt a test before their ability for skating this particular test has been fully developed, it is more than likely that they will not succeed and therefore be discouraged.

Test Applications

Test application papers  are given to skaters by their coaches when they feel that the skater is ready for a test. Forms should be completed in full, including the Skate Canada number.  Test papers and fees must be submitted to the Club Test Chair by the set deadlines.

According to Skate Canada rules, once an application goes in on the due date, money cannot be refunded. A missed test is recorded as a retry.

Test Day guidelines for skaters and their parents:

Tests are a formal process, with specific etiquette to be followed. Skaters are required to arrive one hour prior to their scheduled test times to allow time to properly warm-up and mentally prepare.  Skaters are to dress in appropriate attire.  Spectators are welcome but are expected to behave with decorum, respecting the evaluators and skaters need to focus.   Each skater will be provided with a warm-up of approximately 5 minutes. The skater will then perform for the evaluator, who will observe, make comments and indicate whether the skater passed or must retry the test at a future test day.  The evaluator’s feedback should be discussed with the skater’s coach.