CanSkate - Skating for Life
CanSkate is Skate Canada's flagship learn-to-skate program, designed for beginners of all ages. When you sign up for CanSkate you will be in a program that focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development. You will earn badges and other incentives as you learn fundamental skating skills. 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. Skaters progress at their own rate and coaches make sessions active using teaching aids, music and a wide variety of activities that create a fun environment and promote learning. CanSkate is the feeder program to all other Skate Canada skating programs, and is presented by BMO Financial Group, reflecting their commitment to grassroots development.
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, techniques and conditioning drills are taught in a progressive format that emphasizes how the skills apply to game situations. CanPowerSkate provides an alternative to figure skating and is an excellent complement for those athletes playing on hockey or ringette teams. Its unique skill award program provides incentives and motivation for skaters to continue to achieve. CanPowerSkate is geared to skaters approximately six years old or older who already have basic forward and backward skating skills (they must be able to skate the length of the rink using alternate strides) and are able to stop on command without the use of the boards. For safety reasons participants should wear full hockey/ringette equipment that is CSA approved. The coach to skater ratio is 1:10.
The Quinte Figure Skating Club is proud to introduce its very own RisingSTARS program. RisingSTARS is for skaters particularly interested in continuing with figure skating related skills. This program will assist with the transition from CanSkate to STARSkate. Skaters must be working on CanSkate badge 4 or higher. For participants to receive the full benefit from this program, the program is a two night per week commitment. Parents and the skater must choose their own private coach at this point. A private coach can be found on our COACHES page. Each of our club coaches charge a fee for a 15 minute lesson. Parents will be privately billed for these lessons. STARSkate will the next level for your skater.
STARSkate stands for Skills, Tests, Achievement and Recognition Program. Our STARSkate program offers opportunities for skaters to develop basic to advanced skating skills in four different areas: Dance, Free Skating, Skills and Interpretive. Skills introduced in the CanSkate Program are refined in STARSkate, as skaters advance through a series of tests in each of the four disciplines, through Junior, Intermediate and Senior test levels. Programs are taught via private and semi-private lessons with Professional coaches. Group stroking lessons are provided by the club and included in your session fee. Private coaching costs are not included in the session fees. Skaters can also choose to showcase their developing skills in a variety of competitive settings. In the STARSkate program, skaters are learning advanced figure skating techniques.
The Competitive Skate Test Program is a testing program for skaters in single, pairs and dance wishing to compete in qualifying events within Skate Canada. Skaters take tests specific to the discipline (Singles, Pairs and Dance) in which they wish to compete. A skater or team may begin testing at the level they wish to compete (there are no test pre-requisites).
Skaters enrolled in Competitive Skate learn a variety of life skills as they progress up the competitive ladder. These include goal setting, focus, ability to deal with success/failure, time management and principles of fair play and sportsmanship. In addition to the life skill benefits, skaters in this program receive:
- Access to provincial and national funding program (as applicable)
- The opportunity to be selected to Skate Canada’s National Team, Junior National Team or Synchronized Skating National Team
- The opportunity to compete at BMO Sectional, Challenge, Junior Nationals and/or Canadian Championships
- Opportunity and potential to be selected to represent Canada internationally at one of more than 30 competitions each year
- Access to sport science services
SKATE CANADA LONG TERM ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT MODEL (LTAD)
Skate Canada’s comprehensive Long-Term Athlete Development Model (LTADM) is designed to assist coaches, parents, volunteers and administrators create an environment that allows skaters to fully develop and reach their potential in the sport, regardless of whether their goals are recreational or competitive in nature.