• EDGE Synchronized Skating
  • EDGE Synchronized Skating

Skate Oakville focuses on individual and team development at every level of the EDGE Synchronized Skating Program. Skaters from Beginner through to Open learn in a progressive manner indicative to the level of the team.  We also teach the importance of consolidating a solid general physical foundation encompassing speed, strength, endurance and flexibility.

The individual skating skill development of each skater on a synchro team is critical to the overall success of that team.  The EDGE Synchro Program strongly encourages the development of these skills through the various free skate, skills and dance programs. Coaches also encourage team members to develop their off ice fitness and mental training skills, both independently as well as during team training sessions through the season.

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Intro

Taught by our synchro coaches, this program will teach basic synchro elements and is intended for younger skaters not yet ready to skate on one of our teams.  Skaters must have passed stage 3 of CanSkate and be registered for at least 1 Canskate session in addition to this session. See Learn to Skate registration page for sign up information.

Beginner I

Beginner I teams may have 8-16 skaters.  There is no age limit for this category, however Oakville EDGE recommends skaters have not reached the age of 10 by July 1st preceding the competition season. By September, skaters at this level should be passed stage 5 of CanSkate, participating in our STARSkate I program and working towards their first Skate Canada test.

Beginner II

Beginner II teams may have 8-16 skaters who have not reached the age of 10 as of July 1st preceding the competition season.  There is a provision for a limited number of skaters to be overage.  Skaters should be working towards completing their Preliminary Dance and Skills tests.

Elementary B

Elementary teams may have 8-16 skaters who have not reached the age of 12 as of July 1st preceding the competition season.  There is a provision for a limited number of skaters to be overage.  Skaters should be working towards their Junior Bronze Dance and Preliminary Skills tests.

Elementary A

Elementary teams may have 8-16 skaters who have not reached the age of 12 as of July 1st preceding the competition season.  There is a provision for a limited number of skaters to be overage.  Skaters should be working towards completing their Preliminary FreeSkate, Junior Bronze Dance and Skills tests.

Juvenile

Juvenile teams may have 8-16 skaters who have not reached the age of 15 as of July 1st preceding the competition season.  Skaters should be working towards completing their Junior & Senior Bronze Freeskates and Junior Silver Dance & Skills tests.

Pre Novice

Pre Novice teams may have 8-16 skaters who have reached the age of 10 but have not reached the age of 19 as of July 1st preceding the competition season.  Skaters should be working towards completing their Junior & Senior Bronze Freeskates and Junior Silver Dance & Skills tests.

Novice

Novice teams may have 8-16 skaters who have reached the age of 10 but not the age of 15 as of July 1st preceding the competition season.  There is a provision for a limited number of skaters to be over age.  Skaters should be working towards completing their Junior and Senior Silvers Freeskate, Dance and Skills tests.

Open

Our Open team is comprised of skaters who have reached the age of 18 as of July 1st preceding the competition season.  Skaters should have previous synchro experience at the Novice level or higher or be working towards any Senior Silver or Gold tests.

Adult III

Adult III teams may have 8-20 skaters who have reached the age of 35 as of July 1st preceding the competition.  There is a provision for 50% of skaters to be between 19 and 34 years of age.  Skaters do not need synchro experience but should be able to perform forward and backward crossovers, Mohawks and 3-turns.

Jaime Dalby

2016-2017 Oakville EDGE Synchro Teams: Intro to Synchro                            

Jennifer O’Brien

jobrien116@me.com 905-339-8703 Level of Certification: Level 3 certified, partial Level 4 Rate:  Contact for further details Coaching Experience, Skating Background and Additional Training:      28 years coaching experience in single skating and specializing in Synchronized skating. Coach of 8 Canadian Champions … Read More

Stephanie Girvan

stephaniegirvan@hotmail.com          Level of Certification: NCCP National Coach trained – Synchronized Skating, NCCP Provincial Coach certified – Synchronized Skating Coaching Experience, Skating Background and Additional Training:      – Synchronized Skating Coach since 2005 – Synchro categories coached: Beginner II, Juvenile, Junior Festival, Pre-Novice … Read More

Jayda Everett

Carlie Dixon

cdixon83@gmail.com Level of Certification: ISPC Certified, Level 3 Technical Rate: $48/hour Coaching Experience, Skating Background and Additional Training    9 time Canadian National Medalist in Synchronized Skating (at Novice, Junior and Senior) 2002 Junior World Challenge Cup Champion Competed at … Read More

Michelle Snow

  mgallie@hotmail.com            Level of Certification: National Coach Trained Coaching Experience, Skating Background and Additional Training:      Coached the Oakville EDGE Juvenile team over the past 9 years achieving many accolades including Sport Oakville awards and Regional championships. Coached to a 3rd place finish … Read More

Christine Etkin

c.maccallum@gmail.com       Level of Certification: Primary star trained status Coaching Experience, Skating Background and Additional Training:      I am the coach of the Beginner II synchronized skating team, and this is my first time coaching here at Skate Oakville. I have been skating … Read More

Christopher Stokes

chris.stokes@rogers.com Level of Certification: NCCP Level 3 Certified, CEP Gold Status, Coaching since 1985, CANSkate University Graduate Rate:  Contact for details Coaching Experience, Skating Background and Additional Training Chair, Skate Canada Coaching Development Committee Officials Certification Technical Controller – Singles, … Read More

Synchro FAQ

Does my child need previous skating experience before signing up for Synchro?

Yes, Skaters must be passed Stage 3 of the CanSkate program to participate in our Intro to Synchro Program.

Will Synchro distract from singles skating?

Not at all.  Our synchro program is an add on, meaning you are still required to continue with your single skating.  Synchro skating focuses on developing edges, power and flow which will enhance your skating skills.

How much singles skating am I required to do?

EDGE 2016-2017 - Session Requirements

Do you have to try out for the Synchro team?

Yes, everyone must attend try outs each year to be on a synchro team.  Try outs are in the early spring (usually April/May).  Times and locations will be posted early March.  If you have missed the try outs for the upcoming season and wish to inquire about any available spots, please contact our Synchro Director: Jennifer O'Brien - jobrien116@ me.com

What do the Synchro fees include?

Fees include ice time, coaching, monitoring sessions, simulations, competitions entries and wardrobe.  Any additional fees such as travel will be the responsibility of the skater.

What is the withdrawal deadline for the Synchro session?

The refund and withdrawal deadline is September 1st.  Withdrawals prior to September 1st may be eligible for minor refunds depending on the time of year, the team, and how much planning has already been done for the season.  The deposit is non refundable at any time for any reason.

What if I have to miss a practice?

You must inform your coach if you will be missing a practice.  Due to limited practice time, it is highly recommended that all skaters strive for 100% attendance.