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Registration for spring programs will open in early March 2024.

Proper Equipment for CanSkate

Skaters of all ages learn best when they are active, engaged, moving, challenged, motivated and having fun. This is what CanSkate is all about!

As Skate Canada’s flagship learn–to–skate program that is geared to beginners of all ages, CanSkate offers basic skating instruction taught in a group lesson format by Skate Canada professional coaches who are assisted by trained program assistants. CanSkate is the foundational and feeder program for all other Skate Canada programs.

Rideau Skating Club is proud to have earned CanSkate Excellence EXCEEDED Standard

 

 

 

The Skate Ontario CanSkate Excellence Recognition Program is designed to reward Ontario Clubs/Skating schools that are implementing best practices in the delivery of their CanSkate programs. This three-tiered recognition program acknowledges clubs working to meet the CanSkate delivery standards, identifies clubs who meet the standards, and highlight those who exceed them.

Rideau Skating Club is PROUD to have been one of the first group of clubs to be awarded the EXCEEDED STANDARD  (December 2018). Check out Skate Ontario's website to find out the standards we live up to when delivering our CanSkate program.

CanSkate - 4 to 12 years of age 

For participation in the Winter 2023-2024 season, skaters must be four (4) years of age by December 31, 2023

A 50 minute program for skaters ages 4 to 12. No previous skating experience is required. Skaters are placed in small groups (maximum ratio of 10 skaters to 1 coach) and are encouraged to learn and advance at their own pace. Skaters are grouped according to age and skill level.

All participants are required to provide their own skates and CSA approved hockey helmet with valid expiry date. Waterproof pants or snow pants are recommended as skaters may spend some time sitting on the ice and or falling.

 

Pre-CanSkate - 3 to 4 years of age 

For participation in the Winter 2023-2024 season, skaters must be three (3) years of age by September 1, 2023

A 30 minute program for skaters ages 3 to 4. No previous skating experience is required. Skater are on the ice for three 10-minute lessons. Skaters then leave the ice while the CanSkaters do the group activity and cool down. Skaters are placed in small groups (maximum ratio of 10 skaters to 1 coach) and are encouraged to learn and advance at their own pace.

All participants are required to provide their own skates and CSA approved hockey helmet with valid expiry date. Waterproof pants or snow pants are recommended as skaters may spend some time sitting on the ice and or falling. 

 

Teen/Adult CanSkate - 12+ years of age

For participation in the Winter 2023-2024 season, skaters must be twelve (12) years of age by December 31, 2023

A 30 minute program for skaters ages 12 and up. No previous skating experience is required. Skater are on the ice for 3 10-minute lessons. Skaters then leave the ice while the CanSkaters do the group activity and cool down. Skaters are placed in small groups (maximum ratio of 10 skaters to 1 coach) and are encouraged to learn and advance at their own pace.

All participants are required to provide their own skates and CSA approved hockey helmet with valid expiry date.  

 

Advanced CanSkate - 4 to 12 years of age 

For participation in the Winter 2023-2024 season, skaters must be four (4) years of age by December 31, 2023

A 50 minute program for skaters ages 4 to 12. Skaters must have passed all of CanSkate stage 2 and achieved 2 out of 3 CanSkate stage 3 ribbons.

This program for skaters who want to work on the higher level CanSkate badges (4 to 6) to improve their skating skills.

All participants are required to provide their own skates and CSA approved hockey helmet with valid expiry date. 

 

 

CanSkate Progress Report - Lists of Elements for Each Stage