If your skater is not able to get up and down on their own and get around the ice in some fashion (shuffle or walk) unassisted, then please register for the Pre-CanSkate program. The Pre-CanSkate program is slower pace and allows for small groups to work together. In the first few weeks the skaters may spend a lot of time sitting on the ice as we work to get everyone up and moving, but generally after 2-3 sessions you will see progress.
If you chose to put your child in the CanSkate program and they are not able to move around unassisted please know the structure of the program is faster paced and requires constant movement from start to finish so a skater that is not able to get around in some fashion on their own can become very overwhelmed and have a very bad experience. We do not have the resources for one on one attention in any program so choosing the right program certainly helps the success of your child.
Q. How old should my child be to start Pre-CanSkate?
A. The Pre-CanSkate program is recommended for beginners aged 3-5 years. Children do not need any skating experience but should be comfortable going out on the ice by themselves and following directions from the Coaches. Parents are not permitted on the ice with children during the sessions.
Q. My child has never worn skates before or been on the ice. Are they able to participate in the program?
A. Yes. There are qualified Coaches and Program Assistants on the ice that will help your child. During the first few weeks your skater may spend a lot of time sitting on the ice but you should see progress within the first few sessions as they learn to stand up on their own and get moving.
Q. My child wants to play hockey. Is the CanSkate program right for my child?
A. The CanSkate program is a great learn to skate program that is beneficial for any children wanting to play hockey or figure skate. Check out this 5 minute video.
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