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Proper Equipment for CanSkate

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.

We offer our Learn to Skate program out of two different locations:

  1. Sixteen Mile Sports Complex (SMSC) - 3070 Neyagawa Blvd
  2. River Oaks Community Centre (ROB) - 2400 Sixth Line


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 a cage, and gloves. Snow pants or waterproof pants are recommended as skaters start by sitting on the ice.

CanSkate - 5 to 12 years

A 50-minute program for skaters ages 5 to 12 where the six stage badge levels are taught. No previous skating experience is required. We keep track of your child's progression through the badges and group them accordingly. Skaters new to us are assessed and grouped on the first day. The session has a group warmup(everyone), 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 Figure Skating - 5 to 12 years, must be registered in another CanSkate session.

This program is for skaters that are interested in pursuing figure skating.  Skaters at CanSkate Stage 4 and above can join this program.  Skaters must continue in their CanSkate session in addition to Intro to Figure Skating until Stage 6 is completed. The Intro to Figure Skating session is a 50-minute group session.  Skaters in this program must wear figure skates.

TeenSkate - 12 to 18 years

TeenSkate runs like a CanSkate session but is a more comfortable environment for older beginners and teens working on the six 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.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for additional important information.