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Programs

The West Carleton Skating Club teaches according to Skate Canada levels and guidelines. Check out Skate Canada's website at www.skatecanada.ca

Please note, if your child misses a class, he/she will not be able to attend another session as a make up, according to Club policy.

CANSKATE

Pre-Canskate

PreCanskate is a beginner CanSkate program for young children ages 3-5 yrs who may not be ready to be on the ice for a full 50 minutes.  The session begins with a warm up in the dressing room led by the coach who then leads the group out to the ice. 

Helmets are mandatory for this program.  See helmet policy for more information.

CanSkate

CanSkate is a national certified program offered only through sanctioned SkateCanada clubs.  It is a basic 6-level, learn-to-skate program that serves as an excellent introduction to all ice sports including figure skating and hockey. 

For CanSkate lessons, the club ensures that there are at least two professional coaches on the ice for all sessions and is taught in a group format. These coaches rotate from group to group so that each group receives a lesson each day. The coaches are assisted by Program Assistants who are figure skaters from the club who have been trained by the coaches under Skate Canada guidelines and we maintain a ratio of one coach or program assistant for each 10 skaters on the ice.

New skaters are assigned to a CanSkate level according to their skating experience and age. During the first few sessions, coaches observe the skaters and may move some to other groups that are more appropriate to their ability.  Skaters progress through the 6 badge format on an individual basis. Progression is monitored and assessed continuously. CanSkate is the feeder program to the Starskate and Canpower programs that develop figure skating and hockey skills respectively.

Helmets are mandatory for this program.  See helmet policy for more information.

Click on the following link for Skate Canada's complete description of the CanSkate Program:  https://skatecanada.ca/skating-lessons/our-programs/canskate/

STARSKATE

StarSkate offers opportunities for skaters of all ages to develop fundamental figure skating skills in the areas of ice dance, skating skills, free skate and interpretive skating.

Unique in Canada, this program teaches figure skating skills in a group and/or private lesson format in a progressive and sequential manner and includes specifically designed awards and incentives. Skaters have the opportunity to take Skate Canada Tests through a nationally standardized testing system. 

Click on the following link for Skate Canada's complete description of the StarSkate Program:  https://skatecanada.ca/skating-lessons/our-programs/figure-skating/#STARSkate

Junior Starskate 

This is an introduction into StarSkate. Generally, skaters who have passed CanSkate Level 4 or are otherwise recommended by a coach, may move up to Junior Starskate. Lessons are held in a group format, with some independent skating required. The Club provides coaches for the Junior Starskate group lessons.  Helmets are mandatory for skaters up to and including CanSkate Level 5. Please review the helmet policy (in accordance with Skate Canada) for more information.

 

Intermediate Starskate (Star 1 – 3)

This level is for skaters who are already skating in the Starskate program and who are recommended by a coach to move into Starskate. Skaters at this level are working on Star 1 – 3. Skaters are coached privately, semi-private or in small group lessons. Skaters will be responsible for hiring their own coach for lessons.  

 

Senior Starskate (Star 4 +)

Skaters who have been skating in the StarSkate program and who have passed all Star 3 tests are eligible to skate at this level. Skaters are coached privately, semi-private or in small group lessons at this level. Skaters will be responsible for hiring their own coach for lessons.

 

Hiring a Private Coach 

For those skaters in Intermediate Starskate level and above, it is highly recommended that you contact one of our professional coaches to arrange private, semi-private or small group lessons (3 – 4 skaters). When contacting a coach, be sure to inquire about their rate, experience and make arrangements with them for the number of lessons (and in what format – private/semi private or small group) you wish your skater to have per week. The benefit to having group lessons is if your skater is in a group of 3, the costs is split between each skater in the group and the lesson longer than a private lesson. Skate Canada does not permit coaches to solicit skaters, so it is important for parents to approach the coach.  

 

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CANPOWERSKATE

Full protective hockey equipment is required for the CanPower program:

CSA approved helmet

Hockey stick

Neck guard

Shoulder pads

Shin pads

Elbow pads

Shorts

Jock

Click on the following link for Skate Canada's complete description of the CanPowerSkate Program:

https://skatecanada.ca/skating-lessons/our-programs/hockey-skating/

Pre-Power

Pre-Power is designed for younger skaters, approximately initiation to novice aged, or older beginner skaters, who can stand up on skates and move forward glide and stride) who are not ready for CanPower.
Pre-Power helps develop basic skating abilities in a power skating-specific environment, including balance skills, forward and backward skating, stopping, turning and agility skills. We encourage hockey players in IP to join this program.

CanPower

CanPower is an instructional program that teaches skating skills and techniques to hockey and ringette players in a format that applies to the game situations.
CanPower is geared to skaters who are Atom aged hockey players or older who already have basic forward and backward skating skills. They should be able to skate the length of the rink using alternate strides and be able to stop on command without use of the boards.
Senior CanPower skaters should have at least 1 year of hockey or ringette experience.

Full protective hockey equipment is required for these programs.

We offer two CanPower Programs:

  • CanPower with an Edge Program: Combines the focus of skating and edge quality with puck control while skating.  Focus will be placed on stick handling, puck protection, deking (dekes), as well as shooting and passing.  For second year CanPower skaters.
  • CanPower Skate Program: An action-packed, high energy instructional power skating program geared to hockey and ringette skaters that focuses on balance, power, agility, speed and endurance.

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