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. 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.

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.

Adult LTS - 18 and up

AdultSkate is a 50 minute learn to skate program for adults. No previous skating experience is required. 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

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

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 Tuesday 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

Spring Session:  Dates to be announced at a later date

Summer Camps: Dates TBD - register 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.

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

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 $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 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 location, or for any reason during our programs.

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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. Five year olds that have not skated before are usually more comfortable on CanSkate (3-5 years). Ten year olds that are new to skating are usually happier in TeenSkate.

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

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 or buckles 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.

Equipment for Skating: English / Mandarin

How to Tie Skates Properly: English / Mandarin

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.

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 for Skating: English / Mandarin

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 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 the programs are only offered at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex.