CanSkate is Skate Canada’s flagship learn-to-skate program designed for beginner skaters of all ages. The program focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development. Badges are earned as participant learns the 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 (PAs).
  • The coach to student ratio is set at a maximum of 1:10.
  • Skaters progress at their own rate.
  • Coaches make sessions active using teaching aids, music and a variety of activities that create a fun environment and promote learning.
  • The program is developed by experts to teach the fundamentals of skating in a progressive, sequential manner.

Program Structure

The CanSkate program focuses on the development of balance, control and agility which is organized into six stages of learning. Each stage has a primary focus. When the skills of each stage are mastered, a ribbon is awarded to the skater for each skill component: balance, control and agility. Once the skater has achieved all 3 ribbons for the level they receive their badge moving on to the next stage. CanSkate badges for the six stages are listed below.

CanSkate Stage Ribbons and Badges




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