CANSkate (Ages 5 - Adult) - Learn to Skate

CANSkate (Ages 5 – Adult)

Pickering CANSkate Program

CanSkate Documents

Welcome Letter
2017-2018 Registration
2017-2018 Annual Calendar
2017-2018 Session Hours
2017-2018 Fee Guide
SCPSC Refund Policy

IMPORTANT: Registration can only be processed with payment

*Important Notice: SCPSC is pleased to announce that we have had enough interest to open up an ALL ADULT learn to skate program within the Monday 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm CanSkate Session. Great for Adults with no skating experience or those who want to improve their skills. Additionally, if you are a CanSkate parent, you can now learn to skate while your children are busy with their own lessons.

About the CanSkate Program

The Pickering Skating Club is happy to provide Durham region with this learn to skate program designed for all ages including five years old up to adult. No previous skating experience is required.

You and/or your child will learn the same skating skills taught to CanSkate graduates Matt Duchene, NHL Colorado Avalanche and Olympic hockey team gold medalist, Jeff Skinner, NHL Carolina Hurricanes, NHL Rookie of the Year and former Canadian juvenile men’s figure skating medalist, Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir, Olympic and World ice dance champions, Patrick Chan, Olympic medalist and World men’s figure skating champion and Ivanie Blondin, Olympic and World long track speed skater.

Skating sessions are focused on having fun while teaching skaters basic skating skills and provide them with a foundation for hockey, figure skating, ringette and other activities, including pleasure/leisure skating.

What is CanSkate?
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.

Who’s CanSkate for?
For beginners of all ages, children or adults, as well as for those wishing to improve their basic skills whether their focus be for figure skating, hockey, speed skating or just skating for fun.

What will you learn in CanSkate?
The Pickering Skating Club provides a complete series of balance, control and agility skills taught in six stages of learning that pertain to hockey, ringette, speed skating and figure skating as well as general recreational skating. Pickering Skating Club CanSkate program uses nationally-tested and proven curriculum and delivery methods that guarantee skater success in developing stronger basic skills and developing them faster.

CanSkate Skills Chart

How old should a child be before starting skating lessons?
CanSkate is designed for children 5 years old and up. This is a great after school program. The program is designed to develop a skaters coordination and physical fitness, through balance and movement exercises. For younger children, ages 3 to 5, Pickering Skating Club provides a CanSkate Preschool Program.

Do you provide anything for Adults?
Yes, adult skating is growing in popularity and more and more clubs are offering recreational, test and competitive opportunities to this segment of the population. Adults participate in CanSkate, STARSkate and PowerSkate programs as well as on synchronized skating teams. Adult championships currently provide opportunities to adult skaters to experience the challenge of a competition in a fun, social environment. Skate Canada and Pickering Skating Club are currently expanding its programming in this area.

Who teaches CanSkate?
Pickering Skating Club provides Skate Canada certified NCCP-trained professional coaches, assisted by trained program assistants.

What can you expect?
Action, movement and fun! CanSkate lessons are given in a group format with a coach-to-student ratio of a maximum 1:8. 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, ribbons and other incentives are used to benchmark skaters’ progress and reward effort and participation.

What do you need to participate?
All you need are skates, a CSA-approved hockey helmet with a cage or visor, long pants, mittens, warm sweater or jacket. Dress in layers – with all that movement, it will get warm!

Next Step: STARSkate Junior Program and/or
Hockey Skating Skills