My child is interested in hockey or ringette. Is this program geared only to figure skaters?
No. This program provides a solid background for all ice sports, such as hockey, ringette, figure skating and speed skating.
Does my child have to have previous skating experience before signing up for the program?
No. This program is suitable for new skaters, as well as those with some experience.
My children have very different levels of skating experience. Can they all register for the same session?
All 6 levels of CanSkate are taught on the same session, so family members with different skating abilities can sign up for the same session and will be placed in different groups.
Is the CanSkate program sufficiently advanced for my skater’s skills?
By the time they complete CanSkate, skaters should have several skating skills, some of which are listed here: fast forward and backward perimeter stroking, forward and backward crosscuts, side stops with speed, turns, basic spins, and jumps.
If I am sure that my skater is too advanced for the CanSkate level, what are his/her options with your club?
Skaters who our coaches have assessed as being too advanced for the CanSkate program will have the option of either going up to the PreStarSkate group program (figure skating) or CanPower skate. Further information about the STARSkate program can be found by going to the figure skating tab. Further information about CanPower skating can be found under the power skating tab.
Is there a power skating program at your club?
RDSC offers a fall, winter, spring and summer CanPower skate programs. Please see the Power skating section of our website for more details.