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Why sign up for CanSkate?

What is CanSkate?

CanSkate is a dynamic learn-to-skate program that focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development. Based on Sport Canada’s long term athlete development (LTAD) principles, CanSkate centers on physical literacy and the fundamental skills needed to take part in any ice sport or to skate as a recreational activity.

Who’s it for?

For beginners of all ages, children or adults, as well as for those wishing to improve their basic skills whether their focus be for figure skating, hockey, speed skating or just skating for fun.

Who teaches it?

NCCP-trained professional coaches, assisted by trained program assistants.

What will you learn?

A complete series of balance, control and agility skills taught in six stages of learning that pertain to hockey, ringette, speed skating and figure skating as well as general recreational skating. CanSkate uses nationally-tested and proven curriculum and delivery methods that guarantee skater success in developing stronger basic skills and developing them faster.

What can you expect?

Action, movement and fun! Lessons are given in a group format with a coach-to-student ratio of a maximum 1:10. Skaters progress at their own rate and coaches make sessions active using teaching aids, upbeat music and a wide variety of activities that create a motivational environment and promote learning. Badges, ribbons and other incentives are used to benchmark skaters’ progress and reward effort and participation.

What do you need to participate?

All you need are skates, a CSA-approved hockey helmet, long pants, mittens, warm sweater or jacket. Dress in layers – it will get warm!


Click Barrie Skating Club CanSkate Program for information specific to the Barrie Skating Club's CanSkate program.


CanSkate Pathways


Click on this link for more information about what is a What is and NCCP coach

Within each CanSkate session, the children will be divided into smaller groups according to their skating level. This means that any child can register in any CanSkate session, once they have been successful on the PreCanSkate session and can stand and walk unassisted on the ice.  They will be placed in the group that will allow them to make the best progress during the session. CanSkate sessions are offered on a variety of nights at the Allandale Recreation Centre, Holly Community Centre and East Bayfield Recreation Centre. For a full listing of the session dates, times and locations for CanSkate sessions, please click on the schedule link below.


Proper Equipment

Click here for a description of the CanSkate Badge Levels

Click here for Skate Ontario Waiver