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.

CanSkate - 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, 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 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

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. 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 $37 Skate Canada Fee is only charged once per year 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.

Schedule - Main 2018-19

Schedule - Spring 2019

Pre Season: Tuesday Sept 18 to Thursday Oct 4 2018 -  Total of 8 Classes over three weeks.  Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday

Fall Session: Tuesday October 9 to Monday December 17 2018

Winter Session: Friday January 4 to Saturday March 9 2019

March Break CampMonday March 11, 2019 to Friday March 15, 2019 - register with the Town of Oakville, code: 239220

Spring Session:  Monday April 1, 2019 to Saturday June 15, 2019

Summer Camps: Monday July 8, 2019 to Friday August 16, 2019 - Register for "Learn to Skate Summer Camp with Skate Oakville" with the Town of Oakville here

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

  • Friday Nov 2, 2018 - Class with be 20 mins earlier (4:45pm and 5:45pm)
  • Friday Nov 30, 2018 - No classes
  • Friday Jan 18, 2019 - No classes at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex only
  • Saturday Jan 19, 2019 - No classes at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex only
  • Friday Feb 22, 2019 - No classes at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex only
  • Saturday Feb 23, 2019 - No classes at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex only
  • Friday Apr 19, 2019 - No classes
  • Saturday Apr 20, 2019 - No classes
  • Monday Apr 22, 2019 - No classes
  • Saturday Apr 27, 2019 - No classes
  • Saturday May 18, 2019 - No classes
  • Monday May 20, 2019 - No classes
  • Thursday May 30, 2019 - No Classes

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 at least 24 hours before the 3rd class.
  2. There are no refunds after the 3rd class.
  3. The $37 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

Parent &Tot and 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 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.

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.

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. 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.

CLUB POLICIES

Learn to Skate FAQ

No experience is necessary for any our our Learn to Skate programs. There is a Stage 1 group at every age level. You do not need to worry about the Stage when registering for one of our programs, just select the proper age group and the date and time that work best for you!

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.

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

Canadian Tire and Sport Chek often carry the proper type of skates for our programs as well.

Other places you can purchase skates:

Figure Skating Boutique

Esta

Ice and Nice

Corbetts

Yes. A CSA approved hockey helmet is required for all skaters in learn to skate programs. Skaters on Parent & Tot and CanSkate (3-5 years) must also have a face mask. 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.

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. 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.

Yes. Skaters are required to have a parent or responsible guardian in the arena at all times.

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 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.

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.

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.

Pre-Season, Fall and Winter Sessions: Typically registration begins in mid-August. Dates will be announced ahead of time on our website.

Spring Sessions: Typically registration begins in mid-February. Dates will be announced ahead of time on our website.

Summer: Registration for Summer is done through the Town of Oakville. More information can be found on their website or in the Spring & Summer Program Guide.

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.

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.

We do not offer one-on-one or private lessons for beginners, we only offer the group format CanSkate program. Once skaters are passed Stage 5 of CanSkate and participating in the STARSkate program they are able to take private lessons from a coach.

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. 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. 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.

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 progress.

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 your skater for a specific day and time, and you are only permitted to skate on your registered session. Public skating is offered through the Town of Oakville, please visit their website for more information.

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."

We are never guaranteed the same rink from week-to-week. 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 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 Member Information Messages 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. 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.

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.