What is the CanSkate Advanced 4-6 Program?
This is a 50 minute program designed as a continuation from our CanSkate 1-3 Program. Skaters that have completed the 1-3 program are invited to register for this. The session structure is similar to our CanSkate 1-3 program, following the same fundamentals but working on more comprehensive skill development.
How are Ribbons and Badges Earned?
Skaters are assessed during regular sessions and report cards are available at the end of each Fall and Winter session.
The program is divided into 6 stages for continual growth and skill development based on the LTAD (Long- term athlete development). To pass a stage, skaters must achieve all fundamental area ribbons (balance, control and agility) from the corresponding stage which will earn them a stage badge. It is possible to earn ribbons across stages without completing a stage badge.
Who Teaches CanSkate?
Our CanSkate programs are taught by qualified NCCP Skate Canada coaches.
What Should a Skater Wear?
Since we skate at the Memorial Centre, the arena is fairly warm and comfortable. Skaters should wear comfortable but warm pants, a sweater or coat that they can unzip or remove and non- sticky(fuzzy) mitts or gloves. A hockey helmet is mandatory up to including Stage 5. Once a skater has completed stage 5 they will have to option to skate without it. As well as well-fitting skates, either figure skates or hockey skates are acceptable.
Next Steps… Upon completion of our CanSkate Advanced 4-6 Program, skaters are ready to move into our Star 1-3 Program. This program focuses on all figure skating aspects of the sport and figure skates are required.