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Welcome to the West Carleton Skating Club


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FAQ –  Canskate:

Q: What is Canskate?

A: Our Canskate program is a learn to skate program designed for children age 4 and above . We will accept children age 3 as long as they are turning by 4 years old before the end of the skating season.  This session is 50 minutes in length.

Q: How do I dress my child for Canskate program?

A: Skaters should wear comfortable, clothing which is warm and allows them to move freely. We suggest winter/ski jacket with snow pants; snow gloves (no wool or knitted mitts as these get wet quickly) and warm socks and skates.

Q: What skates does my child wear?

A: All skaters will wear either hockey skates or lace-up skates or velcro skates. As the children progress or if your Canskater is an older skater, lace up skates will be best.  Don’t forget to ensure their skates have been sharpened recently!  

Q: Is a helmet required for my child in these programs?

Yes it is mandatory! Please ensure your child’s helmet is a CSA approved hockey helmet.

Q: Will I be able to join my skater on the ice for her/his sessions?

A: Parents are not permitted to join their skater(s) on the ice during regular skating programs. Skaters must be able to participate in classes without their parents.

Q: How are the skating lessons structured?

Skaters are placed in groups according to skating ability and age. A portion of each class is the group lesson. The ice is divided into groups and there may be as many as 6-8 different groups during one session. Lessons are given in a group format and are led by an NCCP certified Professional Coach and assisted by trained Program Assistants.

Q: How will my child be assessed during the season?

A: Our certified Skate Canada professional coaching staff provide a progress report twice a year; in December and end of season. These reports provide information to the skaters and parents about their skater’s skill progression and the types of skills each skater must be able to perform to advance to the next stage.

Q: If my child misses a session, is he/she able to make it up by attending an alternate day?

A: Unfortunately, the program structure does not allow for make-up sessions.

Q: If my child is progressing well, will he/she be able to move from from Canskate to either Canpower or Starskate during the season ?

A: The coaches will be assessing skaters during the season. If they feel a skater is ready to move to one of these programs, they will discuss this with the parent and explain what the other programs entail. 

Please feel free to contact us regarding any questions and/or concerns you may have regarding the above at

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