What program should I register my skater in?
If your skater has little or no experience of skating, once they are 4 years old (or starting JK in Sept 2018, ie born in 2014) they belong in our Pre-CanSkate program. Our Coaches and Program Assistants will be happy to help them find their feet, get them comfortable on the ice and teach them the basic skills they need to participate in figure skating, hockey or speed skating.
Register for Pre-CanSkate if:
- you have never skated at WTSC before. They will be assessed on their first day and placed into a group based on their skill level.
- you have passed Pre-CanSkate, but not all of Stage 1
- you have not passed Balance, Agility AND Control of Stage 1
Register for CanSkate if:
- you have passed Balance, Agility AND Control of Stage 1
- you have now successfully passed Stage 1
Register for Advanced CanSkate if:
- you have passed Balance, Agility AND Control of Stage 4
- you have now successfully passed Stage 4
Adults and children aged 14+ will be more comfortable in the Adult/Teen CanSkate program (Note: We run some Adult CanSkate and CanSkate programs at the same time, to allow all members of the family to learn-to-skate regardless of age! Adults/Teens will always be in their own group and not mixed in a group with younger skaters)
I forgot what level my skater achieved.
Where do I find this info?
If your skater has skated with us before, their achievements and levels passed are recorded online. Follow the steps below to see what your skater has passed:
- Log in to your account
- Click on Skaters and click on your skater's name
- Click on Achievements and then CanSkate
Now you can see what levels your skater has achieved, and you can register accordingly.
What should my Skater wear?
• All pre-CanSkate, CanSkate and PowerSkate program participants must have a CSA approved hockey helmet until they pass CanSkate Stage 5. Full face masks are highly recommended. Bicycle, multi-sport and snowboarding/skiing helmets are NOT acceptable.
• Pre-CanSkate and CanSkate skaters are welcome to wear either hockey or figure skates. Skaters registered in PowerSkate sessions must wear hockey skates. Moulded plastic skates with velco closures are not recommended. BobSkates with the double blade are not permitted for any of our programs.
• All participants must dress in warm, comfortable clothing in layers, including gloves or mittens. Waterproof pants or snow pants are recommended.
• While Skaters are learning to skate, figure skating dresses alone are not warm enough. Layering them over pants or warm leggings and putting a sweater or jacket on top might be warm enough.
What is CanSkate?
Stage 1-4: CanSkate
Stage 5-6: Advanced CanSkate
SkateCanada has re-designed the CanSkate program to make it even more fun and to keep young Skaters moving throughout every session. It looks a bit chaotic to observers, but the kids love the noise and energy of CanSkate and they pick up the fundamental skills even faster with this new format. Every session starts with 'fast-track' skating around the circumference of the rink, followed by a warm-up period all together. We keep track of your child's progression through the Stages and group them accordingly. Skaters are assigned to a group based on ability and rotate with their group through a series of stations which are designed to teach aspects of agility, balance and control. Skaters new to us are grouped on the first day. At the end, Skaters participate in a Coach-led group cool-down period before leaving the ice.
Once your Skater has passed Stage 4, they will be invited to move to the Advanced CanSkate session, where they will continue to learn the fundamental skills required to skate well. The format of instruction changes at Advanced CanSkate, as the Skaters stay with one or two Coaches and receive extended instruction on specific aspects of skating. They also have a 15-minute period of free-time and they are encouraged to develop the skills necessary to practice independently. This is also a good time to consider a private coach if they don't already have one. Once Skaters have passed Stage 6, and with their experience in the Advanced CanSkate program, they transition seamlessly into our StarSkate figure skating program.
Private lessons are available to all skaters registered and participating in our programs and are available for 15 minutes either before or after CanSkate sessions.
While not mandatory, private lessons may start at the CanSkate and PowerSkate level and can greatly help improve a skater's progression. Private lessons are given on sessions called Private Lesson on the schedule, and payment of the ice fee of $55/season must be made directly to the WTSC office in person before the first lesson.
Once a skater moves into the Pre-StarSkate level it is strongly recommended that a skater have a coach. The coach is responsible for the development of the skater as well as guiding them through the testing process and involving them in local competitions. Once a skater moves into the StarSkate level they are required to have a professional coach. Time is set aside during Pre-StarSkate sessions for private lessons.
Please make your arrangements with the coach directly; payment details are arranged directly with the coach and not through the Club. Please be courteous and notify your coach directly 24 hours in advance if you have to cancel a lesson.