Badges – Teaching Progressions
There are six ‘stage’ badges to complete in the CanSkate program. Each stage incorporates skills focusing on the fundamental movements of Agility, Balance and Control, the A B Cs of skating. Each stage also includes ‘extreme’ skills to challenge the skaters. The skaters are evaluated on a day-to-day basis and awarded badges as they learn the required elements.
Skaters progress at their own speed as coaches test on a continual basis. Skate Canada certified coaches provide a “focus on fun” that creates the best quality- learning environment possible. A maximum skater to coach ratio of 10:1 is maintained. Hockey and ringette players can also enhance their game by improving their skills within this program. As the skater progresses through the stages in the CanSkate program they will become eligible to move into the Skate Canada test stream.
Pre-CanSkate – Ages 3 and 4
This Skate Canada National Program is a learn-to-skate program designed for children three and four years of age. Children are taught basic skating fundamentals, with a focus on continuous movement and creative play. Skaters in this program work towards completing their Pre-CanSkate ribbon.
CanSkate – Ages 4 and up
This Skate Canada National Program is a learn-to-skate program that teaches children, four years and older, the fundamentals of forward and backward skating, stopping, balance, turning, forward and backward cross-cuts etc. Beginner hockey and ringette players can also enhance their game by improving their skating skills with our program! Our CanSkate program is broken down into 3 groups:
CanSkate 'A' - skaters 4 & 5 years of age working on Stages 1 & 2
CanSkate 'B' - skaters 6 years of age and up working on Stages 1 - 3
CanSkate 'C' - skaters working on Stages 4 - 6
REC FIGURE PROGRAM
Rec Figure skaters continue to develop figure skating skills in groups in a fun, recreational and safe environment. In Active for Life, Teen/Adult skaters learn skating skills from beginner to recreational figure skating.