Nepean Skating Club | Learn to Skate – CanSkate
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Learn to Skate – CanSkate

CanSkate is a dynamic learn-to-skate program that focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development. In CanSkate, skaters learn basic skills to prepare them for any ice skating sport or recreational skating. Skaters receive instruction from nationally-certified coaches in a 10:1 coach and program assistant to skater ratio. It is Skate Canada’s flagship program and is one of the most sought-after skating programs in Canada.

Participants earn ribbons and badges as skills are mastered. This unique intro-to-ice environment is designed to stimulate and maintain interest and enthusiasm among skaters, allowing participants to gain the physical competency and confidence to remain active for life!

 

What do you need to participate?

All you need are skates, a CSA-approved hockey helmet, long pants, mittens and a warm sweater or jacket. Dress in layers as some rinks are warmer than others.

Check out this video for tips on equipping your skater properly for CanSkate.

The CanSkate stages:

 

Please note the following schedule changes

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CanSkate Programs:

Pre-CanSkate

Pre-CanSkate is for 3-year-olds who are just learning to skate.  The objective of our Pre-CanSkate program is to get the skaters comfortable on the ice.

We recommend that Pre-CanSkaters dress warmly and in layers. We recommend warm pants covered with splash pants to keep the skaters dry and warm. Thicker mittens are also recommended. Helmets are mandatory, and facemasks are recommended at this level.  We often draw pictures on the ice with permanent marker, so we recommend dark, older clothing.

Who teaches the program?

The Pre-CanSkate program is taught by Professional Coaches who are assisted by trained Program Assistants (older club skaters).

 

Beginner CanSkate

Beginner CanSkate/Pre-Can – (Stage 2 and below)

This registration is for children aged 3 years or older who are below CanSkate Stage 2. This includes skaters who have never skated before. Skaters skating in Beginner CanSkate/PreCan will skate without the aid of their parents or guardian.

This session is not a prerequisite for regular CanSkate and ice will be shared with a “Parents & Tots” session.

 

Program Objectives:

• To provide participants and families with a safe, welcoming and inclusive first experience in the sport of skating
• To develop skating and motor skills through natural learning phases (introduction, acquisition, retention/mastery)
• To use skill progression and repetition throughout the stages to introduce physical literacy and establish quality basic skating skills
• To foster personal achievements and satisfaction through skill acquisition, reward and recognition
• To evoke an interest in life-long participationin skating

CSA approved hockey helpmets are mandatory for all CanSkaters.

 

CanSkate

Program Objectives:

• To provide participants and families with a safe, welcoming and inclusive first experience in the sport of skating
• To develop skating and motor skills through natural learning phases (introduction, acquisition, retention/mastery)
• To use skill progression and repetition throughout the stages to introduce physical literacy and establish quality basic skating skills
• To foster personal achievements and satisfaction through skill acquisition, reward and recognition
• To evoke an interest in life-long participation in skating

CSA approved hockey helmets are mandatory for all CanSkaters.

Family CanSkate

This session is for children aged 4 years or older who are with an adult learning to skate together on the same session. This session is also open to children skating on their own (without parents on the ice).

 

Program Objectives:

• To provide participants and families with a safe, welcoming and inclusive first experience in the sport of skating
• To develop skating and motor skills through natural learning phases (introduction, acquisition, retention/mastery)
• To use skill progression and repetition throughout the stages to introduce physical literacy and establish quality basic skating skills
• To foster personal achievements and satisfaction through skill acquisition, reward and recognition
• To evoke an interest in life-long participation in skating

CSA approved hockey helpmets are mandatory for all CanSkaters.

 

Parents and Tots CanSkate

NSC is excited to reintroduce our Parent & Tot session beginning this fall. Parent & Tot is a unique opportunity to take part in your child’s skating instruction and learn how to motivate your young skater while learning from the best!

This program is designed for skaters who are 2-3 years old and wish to have their parent join them on the ice. Parents will assist their skater while they are instructed by our qualified NCCP Coaches.

To register for our Parent & Tot session, your skater must be registered as a “Child” and the parent must also register as an “Adult” as both parties must purchase a Skate Canada Membership ($35.65). Adults will be charged the Skate Canada Membership fee only.

Children who are 4 years old or older do not require a parent to be on the ice with them and are asked to register under CanSkate for this session. They are to be instructed independently without the aid of their parent.

 

Program Objectives:

• To provide participants and families with a safe, welcoming and inclusive first experience in the sport of skating
• To develop skating and motor skills through natural learning phases (introduction, acquisition, retention/mastery)
• To use skill progression and repetition throughout the stages to introduce physical literacy and establish quality basic skating skills
• To foster personal achievements and satisfaction through skill acquisition, reward and recognition
• To evoke an interest in life-long participation in skating

CSA approved hockey helpmets are mandatory for all CanSkaters.

 

Advanced CanSkate

Program Description:

The Advanced CanSkate session is for skaters who have already completed badge #2 in the CanSkate program.

This is the fast track program that leads into our “Rising Stars” program for figure skating as well as improves speed and agility for skaters who aspire to move into hockey, ringette, or speed skating.

 

Program Objectives:

• To provide participants and families with a safe, welcoming and inclusive first experience in the sport of skating
• To develop skating and motor skills through natural learning phases (introduction, acquisition, retention/mastery)
• To use skill progression and repetition throughout the stages to introduce physical literacy and establish quality basic skating skills
• To foster personal achievements and satisfaction through skill acquisition, reward and recognition
• To evoke an interest in life-long participation in skating

CSA approved ice helmets are mandatory.

Additional Information:

What To Expect On Your First Day

How to prepare for your skating lessons:

  • Get your skates sharpened
  • Make sure your helmet fits
  • Pack your mittens or gloves
  • Pack an old rag to wipe your blades with after your lesson
  • Practice putting on your skates and tying them.
  • Please use a hard skate guard when walking around the arena, dull skates will impede your child’s progress

How to dress:

  • The arena can be cold for small children, please dress them in a warm jacket and snow pants or splash pants
  • All skaters must wear a CSA approved hockey helmet

On the first day:

  • Arrive early and check in at the Learn to Skate table, the table is outside the change room area
  • Your child will be given a name tag with a class colour on it at the check in table
  • Proceed to the dressing rooms to put on your skates. Dressing rooms are assigned to CanSkate. Please check the dressing room assignments and look for NSC CanSkate to get into the proper dressing room
  • Clip your name tag onto your zipper pull or pocket
  • Skaters then wait at the rink door until they are welcomed onto the ice by a coach or Program Assistant (PA).
  • Parents MUST stay in the arena.
  • During the first few lessons your child may be moved between groups, we continually assess the skaters so that they are with children of like abilities
  • At the end of the lesson, collect your child and return to the dressing room

 

After the first lesson there will not be a check in table – Please retrieve your child’s name tag at the rink door. The name tag needs to be attached prior to getting on the ice.

What To Expect In Lessons

  • During the first couple of lessons, your child will be assessed using the chart at the top of this page. Once assessed, your child will be placed in a class with peers of similar skating ability.
  • You will see coaches and Program Assistants (PA) on the ice. The program assistants are skaters from our advanced skating levels who are there to assist the coach. The coaches set up the programs and assess each child.
  • There is no set rule for progress, it is unique to each child. During the session the coaches will observe and assess. If your child is progressing quickly or they are having difficulty keeping up they may be moved to a different class. Each child needs to feel challenged without feeling overwhelmed by the sessions.
  • On the last session there will be report cards given out to each child. The cards will capture the current skating level and may include a ribbon to indicate that your skater has passed a CanSkate level.

How To Register

The registration link in our menu takes you to the Uplifter registration site or you can click here to go directly to the registration.

Once on the site you can view the programs that the Nepean Skating Club offers. On the far right is a Categories drop down. To make viewing a little easier, use the drop-down and select CanSkate. You are now only shown the CanSkate programs.

The programs are listed, if you prefer to see them in a schedule you can click on the Calendar view. Make sure you check out a couple of weeks in the calendar view since some programs may start on different weeks.

Once you find a program you like you will see a login button on the right. You need to login or create a new account to register and pay for the program.

The login screen has the new registration on the left and the “already have an account” on the right. If you have registered with us in the past you can simply login with the same username and password.

After the creation of an account or successful login you will be directed back to the list of program , the login button has changed to register. Click on register and the program is added to your cart. You can add more programs or click on the shopping cart to check out.

If you have more than one child, you will need to register for each one and select the correct participant in the drop-down menu.

When you are happy with the program selections, click on confirm & register.

Confirm your mailing address. You must go through the policies listed above the Pay by Credit card button and accept/reject each policy. Once that is done you can click on the Pay by Credit Card.

Enter your credit card information and submit.