CanSkate is a dynamic learn-to-skate program that focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development. Based on Sport Canada’s long term athlete development (LTAD) principles, CanSkate centers on physical literacy and the fundamental skills needed to take part in any ice sport or to skate as a recreational activity.
Canskaters are required to have their own skates and their own CSA-approved hockey helmet. Skaters are also required to wear mittens or gloves for warmth and protection and recommended to dress warmly and wear long pants and a sweater and/or jacket. Rentals of ice skates and helmets are NOT available from Hillcrest Centre during Riley Park Figure Skating Club’s Canskate Lessons.
Action, movement and fun! Lessons are given in a group format with a coach-to-student ratio of a maximum 1:10. Skaters progress at their own rate and coaches make sessions active using teaching aids, upbeat music and a wide variety of activities that create a motivational environment and promote learning.
Badges for each Stage (1-6) and ribbons for each stage of each series (Balance, Control and Agility) are used to benchmark skaters’ progress and reward effort and participation.