• Learn to Skate
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  • Learn to Skate

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 cost.

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Program Descriptions

Parent & Tot - 3 to 4 years (with parent)

A 30 minute program intended to provide exposure to skating for children ages 3 and 4 who have never been on the ice before.  It provides an opportunity for skaters to be in the presence and comfort of their parent, or an adult over the age of 18, while experiencing the joys and challenges of balance and control.   We provide music, toys, teaching aids and coach guidance to promote a safe and enjoyable experience for both you and your child.  Adults accompanying the children need to be proficient skaters. There must be one adult per one child.  All participants must provide their own skates. Tots must provide their own hockey helmets with face masks.

PreSchool - 3 to 5 years (without parent)

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.  Children are grouped by ability and 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.  Snowpants or waterproof pants are recommended as skaters start by sitting on the ice.

PrePower - 3 to 5 years (without parent) 

A 30 min program for young hockey players aged 3 to 5.  Skaters must be able to stand up and move forward on their own.  Using power skating-specific skills and drills, skaters learn balance, forward and backward skating, stopping, turning and agility skills.  Lessons are taught with hockey gloves and sticks, but no pucks.

CanSkate - 6 to 10 years

A 50 minute program for skaters ages 6 to 10 where the five STAGE badge levels are taught.  We keep track of your childs’ progression through the badges and group them accordingly.  Skaters new to us are 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

Ten year olds that are new to skating are usually more comfortable in the TeenSkate Program.

Intro to Synchro

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

TeenSkate - 11 to 18 years

TeenSkate runs like a CanSkate session but is a more comfortable environment for older beginners and teens working the five Stage badges.  See CanSkate for full description. All participants must provide their own skates and hockey helmets.

AdultSkate  - 18 and up

AdultSkate is a 50 minute learn to skate program for adults.  It is taught in group format where skaters are group according to their ability.  Adults will work on skating skills that will enable them to enjoy the sport.

CanSkate Report Card.pdf

Fees

All the 10-Week Learn to Skate Sessions are $220 for the first session for each skater.  This consists of a $183 Session fee and an annual $37 Skate Canada Fee (Sept 1 to Aug 31)

The Skate Canada Fee is only charged once per year per skater so any subsequent registrations within that year will be $183.

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

Full payment is required at time of registration.

Fall & Winter Schedule

Pre Season: Tuesday Sep 6 to Thursday Sep 22 2016 -  Total of 9 Classes over three weeks.  Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:05pm at Sixteen Mile Rink #3

Fall Session: Tuesday October 11 to December 19 2016 - Schedule

Winter Session: Friday January 6 to Saturday March 11 2017 - Schedule

Spring Session: Monday April 3 to Sunday June 18 2017 - Schedule

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 the programs are only offered at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex.

No Skating Dates 

  • Friday January 20 - no skating at Sixteen Mile only
  • Saturday January 21 - no skating at Sixteen Mile only

Payments

Full payment is required at time of registration.

Refund

10-Week Learn to Skate Sessions

  1. Refund requests must be in writing or by email to the office at least 24 hours before the 3rd class.
  2. There are no refunds after the 3rd class.
  3. The $35 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. 

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

Parent &Tot and PreSchool - A CSA approved hockey helmet with a face mask is required for all skaters in these programs. 

CanSkate, TeenSkate, AdultSkate - A CSA approved hockey helmet is required for all skaters in these programs.  Face masks are not required.

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 Policy

All skaters in all programs are required to provide their own skates.  There are absolutely no rentals available at any for any reason during our programs.

CLUB POLICIES

Learn to Skate FAQ

Do I need skating experience to register for the CanSkate program?

No experience is necessary for any our our Learn to Skate programs.  There is a Stage 1 group at every age level.  Five year olds that have not skated before are usually more comfortable on PreSchool.  Ten year olds that are new to skating are usually happier in TeenSkate.

Do I need my own skates?

Yes, every participant need to supply their own skates and a helmet.

What kind of skates do I need?

Both figure skates and hockey style skates are fine for our learn to skate programs.  Leather, lace up skates are preferable to vinyl.  Molded plastic skates with velco closures are not recommended.  BobSkates with the double blade are not suitable for our programs.

Where can I buy skates?

Figure Skating Boutique 

Esta

Ice and Nice

Corbetts

Do I have to wear a helmet?

A CSA approved hockey helmet is required for all skaters in learn to skate programs.  Skaters on Parent & Tot and PreSchool must also have a face mask.

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.

How do I register my child for the right level?

Make sure you register your child for the right age group and we will take care of the level.  If you have already skated with us we have record of what levels you achieved last session.  If you are new to us we will place you in the appropriate level during the first week.

Where are the locations this program is offered at?

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 the programs are only offered at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex.