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COVID UPDATE - March 20, 2021

The Red Deer Skating is sad to announce they will not be running the Spring Canskate and Powerskate programs. To operate within the guidelines set out by the Alberta Government and Skate Alberta is too difficult. We are hoping for good news at the next announcement but it leaves us no time to create, advertise and open registration before the start date. We thank you for your support and we look forward to teaching your children how to skate in the near future. We plan to run our July and August Canskate program in a normal format. We are excited to get back onto the ice to do what we love. See you at the rink soon!




At this time the Red Deer Skating Club has made the difficult decision to cancel all winter (Jan - Mar 2021) Canskate and Powerskate programs. Refunds are in progress. The government guidelines are very restrictive and Skate Alberta is not allowing us to run these programs at this time. We are very dissappointed.

We look forward to offering Canskate and Powerskate in April and May as usual. And if the numbers continue to drop then everything should be in alignment for Step 3 of the relaunch in April.

We again thank you for your patience, flexibility and continued support.




The public health restrictions imposed over the past six (6) weeks, along with a State of Emergency declared by the Province has impacted our programming for this season. The most recent public health order included the closure of arenas for a minimum of four (4) weeks.  The Province indicated the restriction would be in place until at least January 12, 2021. The City of Red Deer is moving forward with measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19, with the health and safety of their community as their top priority and they are required to temporarily close all indoor recreation facilities starting December 13th. The City of Red Deer has shared the following recent update: 

“We will be closing our facilities for this period; however, we have made the difficult decision to extend the recreation and culture facility closure to January 30, 2021. Our decision to extend the closure dates allows us to plan for a return to operations more efficiently while giving us flexibility to adapt to any new, additional or extended provincial restrictions.”

Further to this, it was just announced January 6th that the closures are extended until January 21st.

The club shares in the disappointment this news brings, but as we have from the start of this pandemic the health and safety of all skaters, coaches, and volunteers continues to be a top priority. We opened our January to March registrations when Group Programs were actively running, in good faith that we would be able to offer our programming in some format. We are hopeful that we can get classes partially rescheduled but we will know more on January 21st and will be able to make specific plans for the rest of the season at that time.

If your child is currently registered for a January to March class our programs WILL NOT start the week of January 4th. We are hopeful that we can get classes partially rescheduled but we will know more on January 12th and will be able to make specific plans for the rest of the season at that time. As soon as possible we will  make and share our plans with you. Rest assured that you will get a refund for any cancelled classes due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Thank you for your patience.  



Dated December 2020

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).