Designed to introduce children to the ice and help them become comfortable, this program teaches children the basics of how to get up when they fall down, how to move forward, basic backward movement and how to stop. Music, toys and games are used to help children feel ready to take the next step. All lessons are done in a group format, so children must be somewhat independent and not require one-on-one supervision. Once a participant has gained confidence and shown skill in gliding on each foot, stopping, and getting up from a down position, they can move on to the CanSkate program. Skaters are to be dressed warmly for classes including waterproof mitts or gloves. Snowpants are also recommended. Approved CSA hockey or multi-sport helmets are mandatory, and children will not be permitted on the ice without one. The club does not provide any equipment other than teaching aids.
For those children who can work independently within a group lesson. Skaters progress at their own rate and coaches make the session active using teaching aids, music and a wide variety of activities that create a fun environment and promote learning. Stages 1-3 work on the basics of skating in a fun environment utilizing music, circuits, games and toys. Stages 4-7 work on further developing their skills such as edges, crossovers, backwards skating and more. Progress reports and badges are awarded at the end of each session as skaters progress from one stage to the next. Helmets and mitts are mandatory
Skaters that have passed all canskate badges and are ready 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.
*Junior Session only will have one 15 minute group lesson on its session
**Private and semi-private lessons with a specific coach/instructor can be arranged between the skater, parent and coach of your choice**
*CANSKATE AND PRE-CANSKATE MEETS ARE HELD ON WEDNESDAYS 6:05 - 6:50 PM AT INNISFIL RECREATIONAL COMPLEX (RED RINK) AND SATURDAYS 10:05 - 10:50 AM AT STROUD ARENA
JUNIOR/SENIOR MEETS ARE HELD AT INNISFIL RECREATIONAL COMPLEX (RED RINK) ON BOTH WEDNESDAYS 5:00 - 5:55 PM AND SATURDAYS 9:00 - 9:55 AM
AS OF NOVEMBER 17TH, CANSKATE AND PRE-CANSKATE WILL BE MOVED TO WEDNESDAYS 6:15 - 7:00 PM AT IRC (GOLD RINK) AND JUNIOR/SENIOR PROGRAM WILL BE MOVED TO WEDNESDAYS 7:10 - 8:05 PM AT IRC (GOLD RINK)
SATURDAYS WILL REMAIN THE SAME*