Canada skating programs are designed to provide individuals of all ages
with an opportunity for fun, fitness, achievement and a sense of personal
satisfaction. Skate Canada programs are taught in over 1,450 clubs across
Canada by qualified coaches to ensure that skaters receive the optimum
is the Skate Canada learn-to-skate program for beginners of all ages.
Technical skills are taught and emphasized through fun activities and
continuous movement in small groups. Skills are assessed daily and there
are many incentives available to reward participation. Badges are also
awarded at each level. CanSkate is a feeder program to the Skate Canada
STARSkate, Competitive Programs, CanPowerSkate and CanSynchroSkate.
CanPowerSkate is an action-packed, high energy instructional power skating
program geared to hockey and ringette skaters that focuses on balance,
power, agility, speed and endurance. Skills, tehcniques and conditioning
drills are taught in a progressvie format that emphasizes how the skills
apply to the game siutations. CanPowerSkate provides an alternative
to figure skating and is an excellent compement for those athletes playing
on hockey or ringette teams. Its unqiue skill award program provides
incentives and motivation for sktaers to continue to achieve.
Skills, Tests, Achievement,
Recognition – this is what STARSkate is all about!
STARSkate offers opportunities for skaters of all ages to develop fundamental
figure skating skills in teh areas of ice dance, skating skills, freeskate
and interpretive skating. Unique in Canada, thi sprogram teaches figure
skating skills in a group and/or private lesson format in a progressice
and sequential manner and includes speciifically designed awards and
incentive. Skaters have teh opportunity to take Skate Canada tests thorugh
a nationally standardized testing system.
skating or "synchro" is a specialized discipline of skating
involving groups of eight or more skaters performing various group formations
and maneuvers. The objective is for the team to perform as one unit
executing circles, blocks, lines, wheels and intersection in unison
to the music, while demonstrating quality edges, power and flow. Skate
Canada's SynchroSkate program includes a number of Synchronized Skating
categories which accommodate skaters at any age and skill level.
CanSkate or STARSkaters who want to challenge their figure skating skills
and show potential as competitive skaters can participate in the competitive
program. Skaters who wish to advance through the qualifying championship
system will enjoy the competitive program which incorporates a series
of tests and other training opportunities to help competitors reach
their goals. This program will enable skaters with potential to advance
from provincial to national championships and beyond.
In 1998, Skate Canada-Central Ontario established a Special Needs Committee
to develop a strategy for including individuals with specific disabilities
into the skating clubs. The ultimate goal is to provide an opportunity
for all disabled athletes to participate in skating programs throughout
the province and eventually Canada-wide.