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CanPowerSkate for hockey and ringette is an action-packed, high energy instructional power skating program geared to hockey and ringette skaters that focuses on balance, power, agility, speed and endurance. Skills, techniques and conditioning drills are taught in a progressive format that emphasizes how the skills apply to game situations. CanPowerSkate provides an alternative to figure skating and is an excellent complement for those athletes playing on hockey or ringette teams. Its unique skill award program provides incentives and motivation for skaters to continue to achieve.

CanPowerSkate is geared to skaters aged approximately six or older who already have basic forward and backward skating skills (they must be able to skate the length of the rink using alternate strides) and are able to stop on command without use of the boards. For safety reasons participants should wear full hockey/ringette equipment that is CSA approved. The coach to skater ratio is 1:10.


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March 1, 2022

 All Restrictions have been removed!


Restrictions February 14, 2022

  • Effective immediately the Restrictions Exemption Program is removed, along with most associated restrictions. You are no longer required to show proof of vaccination, a rapid test result or an exemption letter.
  • Mandatory masking requirements are removed for Children 12 an under.
  • Adults and children 13 and over are required to wear masks; youth can remove masks while actively participating in sports



Covid Restrictions September 27, 2021

The Red Deer Skating Club received the information that the  City of Red Deer will be implementing the Restriction Exemption Program for sport, fitness and recreation. Please see attached documentation.

1.  What this means is that as of Monday September 20th, all vaccine eligible participants (age 18 and older) and all visitors to any City owned property will require:

  • Proof of vaccination through electronic or paper records
  • Partial vaccination (single dose) as long as the dose was given 14 days before the session.
  • Full vaccination
  • Proof of a Privately paid negative PCR or rapid test within 72 hours of activity
  • Documentation of a medical exemption

            The facility staff will be checking paperwork or passports upon entry into any of their facilities.

2.   Youth age 12-17 are not required to show proof of vaccination while visiting facilities to actively participate in sport, recreation and performing arts programs.

3.   Youth age 12-17 must show proof of vaccination, medical exemption or a negative test result to enter a facility while not participating in activity. This includes as spectators or using the concourse and common areas.

4.  Youth under 12 can access facilities for any purpose with out vaccination. They will need to screen for symptoms, are required to wear a mask and physically distance.

NOTE: Facility policy requires children under the age of 8 to have parent or guardian over the age of 16 on site. You many have someone else bring your child in to the class as long as they meet the requirements.



What are the benefits of participating in CanPowerSkate?

CanPowerSkate is the only nationally regulated power skating program in Canada. It was developed by a team of hockey, figure skating and ringette experts to teach the fundamentals of power skating in a progressive and sequential manner.

When you/your child registers for a CanPowerSkate program at your local Skate Canada club, you also become a member of Skate Canada, the national sport governing body for figure skating in Canada. Membership benefits in the CanPowerSkate program can include:

  • participation in a unique skill testing system which includes award bars and ribbons
  • parent information sheets
  • progress updates and report cards
  • special CanPowerSkate events and club functions
  • opportunity to be talent-scouted
  • opportunity to participate in a healthy lifestyle activity

These are some of the awards and incentives that have been developed to encourage athletes in CanPowerSkate:


How does CanPowerSkate work?

The CanPowerSkate program consists of skills divided into six levels, arranged in progressions gradually increasing in complexity. Levels 1 to 3 focus on the fundamentals of skating, Levels 4 to 6 place additional focus on the acquisition of efficient technique, speed, agility, technical aspects of stride and acceleration and skating with the puck/ring. Skaters are evaluated on skill level and are timed as they perform a test involving skills in a course-like pattern. The skater receives a mark combining his skill performance plus test time. This determines whether the skater receives a Bronze, Silver or Gold award bar for that Level.

Please note: The CanPowerSkate program is exclusive to Skate Canada and is available only to Skate Canada member clubs and sanctioned skating schools. All participants must be registered with Skate Canada. Only Skate Canada member Coaches trained and certified at a CanPowerSkate Coaches Course are qualified to instruct the CanPowerSkate program.