CanSkate is Skate Canada’s flagship learn-to-skate program, designed for beginners of all ages focusing on fun, participation and basic skill development. Lessons are given in a group format and led by an NCCP certified professional coach. Professional coaches are assisted by trained Program Assistants. The coach to student ratio is a maximum of 1:10.
Progress at your own rate in an enjoyable learning environment. CanSkate is the feeder program to all other Skate Canada Skating Programs. When you/your child registers for a CanSkate program, you also become a member of Skate Canada, the national sport governing body for figure skating in Canada.
The CanSkate program focuses on the development of six fundamental movements organized in six stages of learning, with an optional 7th level for skaters who want to move into figure skating. The skills are arranged in progressions, from very simple to the more complex. Each stage has a primary focus including; Balance, Glide Forward, Glide Backward, Edges, Power, Speed and (optional) Pre-Preliminary.
Intro to Starskate
The Intro to Starskate Program (previously referred to as junior) is an introductory or entry level move from Canskate which allows the child to progress from Canskate into a more advanced program that combines teaching with group and private lessons combined. The Bluewater-Zurich Skating Club divides the Intro to Starskate program into Intro A and Intro B.
Intro A is the initial move from Canskate to the Starskate Program where the child has not attempted any Skate Canada testing. Intro B Group has passed Skate Canada testing and this child is working towards their Preliminary Skills and Dances both through group lessons and private coaching.
Star skate skaters work under the guidance of a professional Coach and are working towards their Junior Bronze – Gold skate Canada tests. The work on Freeskate, Dances as well as skills.
Any Intro or Star Skater, ten years of age or older is eligible to become a Program Assistant with the Bluewater-Zurich Skating Club. It is expected that you will participate in both CanSkate sessions weekly during the entire skating season, unless other arrangements are made with the Club Coach and/or executive.
It is mandatory that you attend a P.A. Clinic Shadow Program Assistants are allowed at the discretion of the Coaches and Executive.