Skate Oakville offers learn to skate lessons delivered using the nation’s premiere program, CanSkate. This best in class program has been recently updated by Skate Canada and all of the learn to skate coaches at the club are certified to deliver it using the latest techniques and tools.

CanSkate now features a fresh look, new awards, improved tools for coaches and most importantly a tested and proven new curriculum and delivery methods that guarantee success in developing stronger basic skating skills and developing them faster. It also includes specific skills useful in hockey, ringette, speed skating and figure skating thereby preparing all skaters for virtually every ice sport. It has also been tailored to teach new skaters of all ages from young children up to adults even if the goal is simply to learn how to skate for fun and to stay active.

Check out the tabs below to learn more about the different options offered, session timing and frequently asked questions.

Fall 2020 Learn to Skate has been cancelled due to RED/CONTROL Zone restrictions in the Halton Region. An email was sent to registered participants on Tue Nov 23.

 

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Program Descriptions

CanSkate is Skate Canada's official "Learn To Skate" program. It is highly regarded by other ice sport organizations as the favoured curriculum to develop the skills needed to participate in their sports. This group format program teaches skaters of all ages the basics of skating in 3 areas: agility, control, and balance. No previous skating experience is required for CanSkate, TeenSkate and Adult LTS. Skaters move through the stages of the program as they learn & master the required skills.

CanSkate - 3 to 5 years

A 30 minute program for young skaters ages 3 to 5. No previous skating experience is required. We provide a small group environment where children are encouraged to stand on their own and balance and control at their own pace. Skaters are assessed at their first class and grouped by ability. Skaters that are able to stand and move on their own begin working on the CanSkate badges. All participants must provide their own skates and hockey helmets with face masks, and gloves. Snow pants or waterproof pants are recommended as skaters start by sitting on the ice.

CanSkate - 6 to 10 years

A 50 minute program for skaters ages 6 to 10 where the five stage badge levels are taught. No previous skating experience is required. We keep track of your childs’ progression through the badges and group them accordingly. Skaters new to us are assessed and grouped on the first day. The session starts with a warm up with everybody, then station rotations with their group where they learn and practice new skills, and finally a coach led group cool down. All participants must provide their own skates and hockey helmets, and gloves.

Intro to Synchro - Stages 4 & 5

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. All participants must provide their own skates, hockey helmets and gloves. See Learn to Skate registration page for sign up information.

Intro to Figure Skating - Stages 4 & 5

Taught by Skate Oakville coaches, this program will teach basic figure skating elements in a group format and is intended for skaters interested in pursuing figure skating. Skaters must be passed Stage 3 of CanSkate and be registered for at least 1 other CanSkate session in addition to this session. All participants must provide their own skates, hockey helmets and gloves. See Learn to Skate registration page for sign up information.

TeenSkate - 11 to 17 years

TeenSkate runs like a CanSkate session but is a more comfortable environment for older beginners and teens working on the five Stage badges. See CanSkate for full description. No previous skating experience is required. All participants must provide their own skates and hockey helmets and gloves.

Adult LTS - 18 and up

AdultSkate is a 50 minute learn to skate program for adults. No previous skating experience is required. All participants must provide their own skates and hockey helmets and gloves. It is taught in group format where skaters are grouped according to their ability. Adults will work on skating skills that will enable them to enjoy the sport.

CanSkate Report Card.pdf

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for additional important information.

Fees

The mandatory $44 Skate Canada Fee is only charged once per year (Sept 1 to Aug 31) per skater so any subsequent registrations within that year will only be charged the fee for the session(s) selected.

The Skate Canada Fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Full payment is required at time of registration.

Fall 2020 Schedule

Fall Session: CANCELLED

Winter Session: To Be Announced

Spring Session:  To Be Announced

Summer Camps: Register for "Learn to Skate Summer Camp with Skate Oakville" with the Town of Oakville

In the Fall and Winter we offer our Learn to Skate programs at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex (3070 Neyagawa Blvd) and Glen Abbey Community Centre (1415 Third Line). In the Spring and Summer the programs are only offered at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex.

You can check your Family Calendar at any time in your online account for a personalized schedule.

No Skating Dates for Learn to Skate

  • Saturday, October 10, 2020
  • Sunday, October 11, 2020
  • Monday, October 12, 2020 (Thanksgiving Day)

Payments

Full payment is required at time of registration.

Refund

Learn to Skate Sessions:

  1. Refund requests must be in writing or by email to the office (office@skateoakville.ca) at least 24 hours before the 3rd class. We do not accept changes or withdrawals in person or over the phone.
  2. There are no refunds after the 3rd class.
  3. The $44 Skate Canada fees are non-refundable for any reason.
  4. All refunds are pro-rated from the time of notification (24 hour notice required).
  5. Refunds for injury with a doctor’s note will be issued at anytime throughout the program. 

Full refund policy available here.

Missed Classes

We use the same policy for missed classes as the Town of Oakville. "Participants are to attend all classes as scheduled for the program in which they are registered. In the event that a participant is unable to attend a scheduled class(es), make-up classes, refunds, or credits for the missed class(es) will not be provided."

Helmet Policy

CanSkate (3-5 yrs) - A CSA approved hockey helmet with a face mask is required for all skaters in these programs. 

CanSkate (6-10 yrs), TeenSkate, AdultSkate - A CSA approved hockey helmet is required for all skaters in these programs.  Face masks are optional.

The hockey helmet must be in good condition, not broken, or missing pieces, and must fit properly.

All Skate Canada member clubs and skating schools who offer a CanSkate program must ensure all CanSkate and Adult CanSkate participants up to and including Stage 5 must wear a CSA approved hockey helmet while on the ice. Skaters in Intro to Figure Skating and/or Intro to Synchro must follow the Helmet Policy for the age group they fit into.

Hockey helmets are designed to help protect against head injuries occurring on ice, whether from a fall or collision. A bicycle helmet, for example, is designed to protect against head injuries should a fall occur while riding a bicycle. It is important to ensure that when a skater is on the ice, they are protected with equipment designed for their sport or activity.

This policy must be agreed to at the time of registration. Equipment is not provided by Skate Oakville, nor are rentals available for any reason at any time during our programs. No exceptions will be made to this policy at any time, or for any reason. Skaters who show up for classes without the proper equipment will not be allowed on the ice.

For more information on Skate Canada's Helmet Policy and regulations please click here.

Equipment Policy

All skaters in all programs are required to provide their own skates and CSA approved hockey helmets. Skaters also need to provide their own warm clothing and gloves while they are on the ice. Helmets must be in good condition, not broken or missing pieces, and must fit the skater properly. There are absolutely no rentals available at any location, or for any reason during our programs. This policy must be accepted at time of registration. No exceptions will be made to this policy. Skaters that show up to classes without the proper equipment will not be allowed on the ice.

COVID-19 Policies

During the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Skate Oakville, the Town of Oakville, Halton Region Public Health, the Ontario Government, Skate Canada, and Skate Ontario have set specific policies and procedures to protect the skaters, coaches, members, staff and community. This includes, but is not limited to: the number of people in a facility, the number of skaters allowed on the ice, entrance/exit protocols, session sign in for contact tracing, etc.

All policies and procedures set by the above mentioned organizations are to be followed by anyone wishing to enter the facility. At registration you agree to read and follow any current and future policies surrounding skating during the COVID-19 pandemic, and understand that should these policies and procedures not be followed, disciplinary action can be taken by the club, up to and including removal from sessions and restrictions on future registrations.

For more information please visit our COVID-19 specific page.

CLUB POLICIES

Learn to Skate FAQ

*Please Note: At the current time due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic we are only offering programs to skaters who are currently working on Stages 1 and up (must have passed PreCan Badge).

Coaches are not permitted to have physical contact with any skaters due to health and safety restrictions.

ALL Skaters that are wanting to register MUST be able to skate from the door to their group, and around the ice unassisted. Coaches will not be touching skaters, helping them stand up, or helping them skate.

Skate Oakville reserves the right to remove skaters who do not meet this qualification from sessions in order to comply with restrictions regarding health and safety.

No experience is necessary for any of our Learn to Skate programs, but skaters should be comfortable enough to be on the ice without a parent. There is a Stage 1 group at every age level and on every session. You do not need to worry about the Stage/Level when registering for one of our programs, just select the proper age group and the date and time that work best for you!

No. Parents are not permitted to be on the ice surface during any sessions, for any reason.

Yes. Every participant need to supply their own skates and a CSA approved hockey helmet. Rentals are not available at any location, at any time, for any reason. Skaters that show up without the proper equipment will not be allowed on the ice. No exceptions will be made to our equipment and/or helmet policy. Skaters should be dressed warmly in layers, including gloves or mittens.

Both figure skates and hockey style skates are fine for our learn to skate programs. Leather, lace up skates are preferable to vinyl. Most hockey skates will be suitable for our programs. Figure skates should be leather, lace up skates. They should not be plastic, and should not be flimsy in the ankle area. The inside should not be lined with fur as it will not allow the skate to properly mold to the foot.

Molded plastic skates with velcro or buckle closures are not recommended. Balance Blades brand and Grow With Me brand are not suitable for our programs. BobSkates with the double blade are not suitable for our programs. If your skater is interested in pursuing figure skating, we recommend having them start in figure skates as early as possible as there is a difference between figure skates and hockey skates. Figure skates are required for the STARSkate (figure skating), Competitive and Synchronized Skating programs.

Here is a great video on proper equipment for any CanSkate program.

 

How to Tie Skates Properly: English / Mandarin

You can buy used skates from places like Play it Again Sports.

Sport Chek, National Sports and Pro Hockey Life often carry the correct type of skates for our programs.

Other places you can purchase skates:

Figure Skating Boutique

Esta

Ice and Nice

Corbetts

Molded plastic skates with velcro or buckle closures are not recommended. BobSkates with the double blade are not suitable for our programs.

Vic and WinWell brands are not recommended for our programs as they are not sturdy enough for beginners, and do not provide enough support in the ankle area.

Balance Blade and Grow With Me brand skates are not suitable for our programs.

Yes. Skates should be sharpened after purchasing. Learn to Skate and entry level skaters should have their blades sharpened before each new season. If you notice any rust on the blade, or chips or dents on the blade, from improper care, storage, or not using hard guards, you should sharpen the blade.

Figure Skates should be sharpened by figure skating experts, and not by local sports stores or hockey stores. Figure Skating Boutique, ESTA, and Ice & Nice all offer figure skate sharpening in the GTA.

Hockey Skates can be sharpened at local sports stores or hockey stores.

Yes. A CSA approved hockey helmet is required for all skaters in learn to skate programs. Skaters on CanSkate (3-5 years) must also have a face mask. Skaters registered in Intro to Figure Skating and/or Intro to Synchro must follow the guidelines for their age group. The hockey helmet must be in good condition, not broken, or missing pieces, and must fit properly. No exceptions will be made to our helmet policy.

All Skate Canada member clubs and skating schools who offer a CanSkate program must ensure all CanSkate and Adult CanSkate participants up to and including Stage 5 must wear a CSA approved hockey helmet while on the ice.

Hockey helmets are designed to help protect against head injuries occurring on ice, whether from a fall or collision. A bicycle helmet, for example, is designed to protect against head injuries should a fall occur while riding a bicycle. It is important to ensure that when a skater is on the ice, they are protected with equipment designed for their sport or activity.

Equipment is not provided by Skate Oakville. You must supply your own equipment. Rentals are not available at any time or location, or for any reason. Skaters who arrive to class without the proper equipment will not be allowed on the ice.

For more information on Skate Canada's Helmet Policy and regulations please click here.

No. All Skate Canada member clubs and skating schools who offer a CanSkate program must ensure all CanSkate and Adult CanSkate participants up to and including Stage 5 must wear a CSA approved hockey helmet while on the ice.

No exceptions will be made to our helmet policy. All participants must have a CSA approved hockey helmet in order to participate in our classes. The hockey helmet must be in good condition, not broken, or missing pieces, and must fit properly. We do not have extras for skaters to borrow, nor do we offer rentals for any reason, at any time, during any of our programs. Skaters who arrive to class without the proper equipment will not be allowed on the ice.

For more information on Skate Canada's Helmet Policy and regulations please click here.

Yes. Skaters under 18 are required to have a parent or responsible adult guardian in the arena at all times. Parents/guardians should be visible to the coaches and convenors at all times. Parents/guardians are not to leave the arena during their skaters program. Do not assume our coaches or staff are supervising or responsible for your skater.

Make sure you register your child for the right age group and we will take care of the level. Each session has a group for skaters at each level.

If you have already skated with us we have a record of what levels you achieved last session. If you are new to us we will assess, and place your skater in the appropriate level during the first week. Skaters will move through the stages as they progress and master new skills.

At this time, the CanSkate program is only being offered at the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex (3070 Neyagawa Blvd).

No. We use the same policy for missed classes as the Town of Oakville. "Participants are to attend all classes as scheduled for the program in which they are registered. In the event that a participant is unable to attend a scheduled class(es), make-up classes, refunds, or credits for the missed class(es) will not be provided."

Registration dates vary from year to year and by season. Registrations for available programs are accepted up until the 3rd class.

We recommend that you create an online profile ahead of the registration date, and be ready to register your skater online once the registration opens.

The best way to register for one of our programs is online. Our online system is live and will give you the most up to date information on available sessions.

Registrations will not be taken over the phone at any time or for any reason.

Create an account with us online before the registration date and set up your online profile so you can be ready to register right when it opens.

No. Registrations are first come, first served. Once registration opens, it is available online 24/7. If the program you want is available, you are able to register for it online.

No. We do not offer one-on-one or private lessons for beginners, we only offer the group format CanSkate program. Skaters will begin working with private coaches in the STARSkate (figure skating) program.

You can place your skater on the wait list for the program that you prefer. This can be done through your online profile. Should a spot become available, you will receive an email letting you know that you can register. If you need to change from a session you're currently registered on, you must email office@skateoakville.ca to do so.

You are also able to register for another session and be on the wait list for your preferred session. This is highly recommended as skaters on wait lists are not guaranteed a spot in the program.

There is no guarantee that a spot will become available on your preferred session. Withdrawals from sessions are unpredictable and there is no way to know if there will be movement on any specific session.

We cannot always accommodate more skaters on a session, or add sessions to accommodate wait listed skaters.

No! We keep track of your skaters progress through our online system. This ensures that they are placed into the correct group for their level each time they register with us, and is updated before new terms begin. We recommend registering as early as possible to ensure enrollment in our programs.

For those just starting out, once a week is plenty. If your skater really enjoys skating, is looking to progress faster and you have the flexibility in your schedule, you can register for more than one session a week. You must pay the full session fees each time you register.

Please speak directly to the convenor of your session. They are typically stationed at the name tag table before and after sessions, and are available to answer any questions you have regarding your skaters report card, progress or group. The convenor of your session is the best person to speak to regarding your skater as they are on the ice during your skaters session and work with the coaches on their session.

No. You must register your skater for a specific day and time, and you are only permitted to skate on your registered session.

No. You must register for a session before stepping on the ice. For withdrawals from programs, please see the Learn to Skate refund policy available under the Policies tab.

No. Public skating is offered through the Town of Oakville, please visit their website for more information.

The rinks are always subject to change without notice and the Town of Oakville does not need to give Skate Oakville advance notice when changing rinks. Always check the TV screens located at the arena for the most up to date rink and change room assignments.

We always have a list of No Skating Days posted online, you can also view these No Skating Days in your family calendar through your online account. Signs are often posted ahead of time at your session to inform you of No Skating Days, and we send out emails a few days in advance. Be sure you are subscribed to get these emails.

Each skater learns at their own pace. Some skaters will catch on quickly and others will take a little longer to get going. It is important to encourage your skater to continue going to lessons and to participate fully with the rest of their group, as you would with other sports. As with many other sports, you must first learn the basic skills before moving on to more challenging skills.

There is no set timeline for how long it takes to complete all the stages of CanSkate. If you have questions about your skaters level, please speak to the coach convenor for your session. The convenor is typically at the name tag table before and after sessions.

We do not use the push carts/chairs or any form of skating assisting objects as it does not teach skaters the proper balance points on their skates. These objects tend to have the skater leaning forward and they will not be learning how to properly balance themselves on their blades without assistance. Once the object helping them stand is removed, they have to start from scratch and learn how to balance properly all over again.

Skaters must have passed Stage 5 of the CanSkate program before moving on to the Figure Skating (STARSkate) program. Skaters in the Figure Skating program are required to wear figure skates.

You can view the CanSkate Report Card to see the required skills to pass Stage 5.

If your skater has passed Stage 5 of CanSkate at another Skate Canada club, please provide our office with their report card so you are able to register for the appropriate program.

Once boys are passed Stage 5 of CanSkate, they can follow the same path as any other skater. All figure skating programs at Skate Oakville are open to boys interested in pursuing figure skating. Figure skates are required in STARSkate (figure skating), Competitive Singles, Pairs, Ice Dance and Synchronized Skating programs. If your skater is interested in pursuing figure skating, we recommend having them start in figure skates as early as possible as there is a difference between figure skates and hockey skates. For more information please visit our page: Figure Skating for Boys