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Hello Skating Friends and Family:

As announced yesterday by the Province there are enhanced measure put in place by our government affecting sporting activities. In light of the announcement the Red Deer Skating Club will not be continuing to offer our current Canskate, Powerskate and Adultskate Programs for 2020. We are moving forward to start our new programs in January 2021 and we are hopeful they run. The registration is open for these classes.

Over the next few weeks I will begin to process refunds for the classes that have been cancelled due to the pause implemented by the government. The refunded money will be credited to the payment card used at the time of registration.

While we understand the disappointment with this news, the club values our skaters well-being and our members are of the utmost importance. We hope to see you at the rink in the near future.

 Thank you for your patience.

We wouldn’t be here without you!


     Welcome to the Red Deer Skating Club

We are Central Alberta largest skating club, and we have been teaching skills, technique and sportsmanship to all levels of skaters in our community for over 60 years. We offer a dynamic and comprehensive range of programs year-round; from learn to skate, recreational skating, adult skating, power skating and figure skating which improves the skills of our 1300+ members, who range in age from 3 to adult. 

Our aim is to help each skater achieve his or her personal goals, enhance self-esteem and promote a healthy lifestyle. We do this by teaching high quality skills in a friendly, accessible, team-oriented environment. We are a not-for-profit Skate Canada sanctioned club with our year-round operations made possible thanks to our dedicated team of volunteers, who work alongside our professional skating coaches.





These guidelines will continue to be in place for our January to March programs. Registration opens November 16th @ 8am.

  • Skaters MUST turn 5 years of age during the session OR previously been registered in our programs. Children need to be able to stand up on their own. If this is not your situation please DO NOT register. We are restricted by Skate Alberta and have signed compliance forms regarding this. You will not be able to participate in our programs
  • Log in and health screening and temperature checks and hand sanitizing for skaters and parents
  • We are now able to use dressing rooms but everyone must be wearing a mask
  • Masks must be worn in the lobby, hallways and all general areas
  • There are NO REFUNDS for any reason
  • When you register you will agree with our COVID policy
  • Participant numbers will be limited for each program


 Providing year round skating for all ages and levels of skating!






Doug Swanson

F.I.R.S.T. Place for Human Performance

Red Deer, Alberta


F.I.R.S.T. Place was established in 1996 after years of exploring and experimenting with sport psychology principles many athletes of the Titans Track Club, Red Deer. With many talented athletes capturing local, regional, provincial and national honours I was fortunate to hone my skills. My first venture outside of track and field  was into Hockey Alberta's Program of Excellence.    Hockey Alberta, through Scott Robinson, Barb Marsh and Rick Polutnik  were huge sponsors and mentors, who started me on a thrilling journey through literally thousands of athletes and hundreds of sports.  Three years into the development of F.I.R.S.T. Place for Human Performance,  I was very fortunate to have been mentored by Brian MacNaughton, Brian Ellerman and Rob Dawson as the "sport psych guy" for our 1999 Alberta Canada Winter Games  team where we captured a Gold Medal.  Twenty-two years later  (1996-2018) I continue to be thrilled with many opportunities to support, athletes, coaches and associations in the design and development of mental  skills. 

Current program efforts include Seasonal Planning for Mental Skills and three main Mental Skills Seminars 1) Life is Hard - Get a Helmet; 2) Put on the Helmet and 3) Polish the Helmet. I frequently venture into education and human service venues with Influence through Relationships. Additionally, any opportunity to speak and explore Applied Behavior Analysis (Positive Behavior Support) is welcomed.  

I am currently engaged in many writing activities including manuscripts entitled Walden 3, Re-frame, Postcards and Inked.   

I am very fortunate to be afforded many opportunities to do what I love to do. Favourite quote, for my entire professional teaching career, continues to be, "I am a teacher of athletes; he / she that spreads a wider breast than my own, proves the worth of my own (Walt Whitman).