Beginner Learn to Skate

The Pre-CanSkate program is an un-parented program designed for children ages 3 to 5 years, who have never skated before or who are not yet confident on the ice. 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. Lessons are taught by Skate Canada Certified Professional Coaches and trained Program Assistants in a group format and children build independence through close supervision. These sessions are shorter in length to accommodate the younger skater. Skaters will learn in an energetic, fun environment using skating aids and toys with the goal of having fun. There are 8 basic skills taught for the skaters in this program:

  1. Fall down and get up
  2. Balance on 2 feet
  3. Move forward
  4. Make snow
  5. Move backward
  6. 2-foot twist
  7. 360° march
  8. 2-foot jump

A CSA-approved hockey helmet (preferably with a cage) is required to participate in this program. Read the Skate Canada: Helmet Policy for more information.

It’s recommended that children wear good fitting snow pants, a warm jacket, and good quality mittens as they spend much time playing on the ice as they learn.

Next Steps

From the Pre-CanSkate program, skaters will move into the CanSkate program upon recommendation from coaches once their skills and attention are at an appropriate level. In the CanSkate program, balance, control, and agility skills are developed.