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Program Descriptions (updated Nov. 30)


The Canmore Skating Club expects to offer the following programs during the 2020-21 season:

  • CanSkate is Skate Canada's flagship learn-to-skate program, designed for beginners of all ages. This is a fully coached program delivered in a group format. CanSkate consists of 6 badge levels and introduces specific skills that pertain to hockey, ringette, speed skating and figure skating. A CSA approved helmet for Ice Sports is required to participate in this program. The program will be offered on Thursdays only during the 2020-21 season.

Due to the unusual learning situation presented by COVID-19 pre-cautions - classes will be quite different than in the past. Minimum age and skill levels have been developed along with parental registration and supervision requirements.

  1. Students must be five (5) years of age or older and be able to move around the ice without support and get themselves up onto their feet after a fall unassisted.  Four-year olds may register if they have achieved CanSkate “Badge 1 Balance”. You will receive a warning that the skater does not meet the age requirement when you register.  
  2. One adult from the skater’s “bubble” must attend each class and be available in the spectator area of the arena as an off ice aide for the skater. No other spectators or siblings are permitted in the Canmore Recreation Centre during the class.
  3. Coaches and program assistants will be masked and maintaining a 2-metre distance from their students. Instruction will be verbal and by demonstration. They will NOT be touching the skaters on or off the ice. All skate tying, guard removal, mitten and helmet putting on/off; and, bathroom visits (hopefully only before and after the class) will be done by the parent/aide.
  4. Coaches and program assistants will endeavor to design lessons so a 2-metre distance may be maintained between students.
  5. All skaters and their aide must complete the Alberta Health Services daily screening before coming to the Recreation Centre. DO NOT ATTEND IF YOU ANSWER “YES” TO ANY OF THE QUESTIONS.
  6. All skaters and their aide must check-in and out each day with the Canmore Skating Club volunteer for attendance and contact tracing.
  7. There is limited dressing room space. If at all possible, dress your skater at home and put on their name badge. Put skates, guards and helmets on in the parking lot and enter the Canmore Recreation Centre by the Main Entrance. The back door/Eagles Fan Parking area is currently closed, and entrance/exit is not available at this time.
  8. Attendance at the CanSkate/Pre-STAR/STAR 1-3 Parent Information Meeting (or viewing of the recording) is required prior to the first class. Meeting occurred October 6 at 7pm (link to recording of meeting here).
  9. For additional COVID-19 protocols being followed, please go to the Fall/Winter 2020-21 Programming page.
  10. SKATE-CANADA-ASSUMPTION-OF-RISK-AND-WAIVER 2020-21 must be signed before the skater steps on the ice. A waiver must also be signed by the the skater's aide. Print 2 copies, complete and bring to first session.

WINTER Session: Thursday, January 14 – March 25, 2021

Thursdays 4:45 - 5:30 pm

(Maximum 24 skaters)

$150 Starts on January 14 for 10 sessions. No class February 18.


CanSkate fees will be pro-rated for late registrations after the first session is completed until 14 days following the first session. These programs will be pro-rated for the missed sessions and an administrative fee of $25 will be applied.

Go to Registration -> CanSkate to register.

  • Pre-STAR - a continuation of the CanSkate program with a figure skating focus. This is a fully coached program delivered in a group format and includes on and off ice components. (See Off Ice/Jump Equipment list.) Skaters must have achieved at least CanSkate Badge 4 and proper figure skates and blades are required. A CSA approved hockey helmet is required to participate in this program until the skater has passed badge 5. The program is offered 2 days per week and parents have the option of registering for one or both days.
  • STAR 1 to 3 Group offers skaters who have achieved CanSkate badge 6 and advanced into the Skate Canada STARSkate program the opportunity to continue learning in a group environment. This is a fully coached program and each session includes 60 minutes on ice and 30 minutes off ice working on flexibility and jump technique. We encourage all skaters in this program to also begin working additional ice time into their schedule for self-practice and hiring a Club coach for private or semi-private lessons. 
Pre-STAR and STAR 1 to 3 Group share this schedule
but are coached separately.

(No sessions October 12, Christmas Break or Family Week)


3:45 - 5:30 pm   Mondays & Thursdays (both days)

$1,050 / 

$ 525 (Jan 4- Mar 25)

Start on Oct 5 - Mar 25 
3:45 - 5:30 pm   Mondays (One day per week)

$ 550 /

 $ 275 (Jan 4 - Mar 21)

Start on Oct 5 - Mar 21
3:45 - 5:30 pm   Thursdays (One day per week)

$ 575

$ 275 (Jan 7- Mar 25)

Start on Oct 8 - Mar 25.


  • STARSkate / CompetitiveSkate - for those who wish to continue developing their figure skating skills in a progressive and sequential manner. Skaters are responsible for hiring a club coach/es to help them set goals for their skating and further their skills. Skaters have the opportunity to take Skate Canada Tests through a nationally standardized testing system. Those who wish to challenge their figure skating skills and who show potential as competitive skaters can participate in the Competitive Skate program. Skate Canada suggests that STARSkate skaters skate 3–4 times per week. Competitive skaters may increase frequency 1-2 times more per week. 

The 2020/21 season programming for our StarSkate and Competitive skaters runs from September 8, 2020 through to March 25, 2021. There is no skating on Thanksgiving Sunday or Monday, Remembrance Day, Family Day or Christmas Break.

Within the STARSkate / Competitive, program descriptions often refer to levels. For the 2020-21 season, the Canmore Skating Club defines the following levels.

Junior – has achieved CanSkate badge 6 to Canmore Skating Club program standards.

Intermediate – has passed the Preliminary Free Skate or would compete at Star 3 level OR passed Junior Bronze Dances and Preliminary Skating Skills.

Senior – has passed Senior Bronze Free Skate OR would compete at the Pre-Juv or Star 6 level.

Adult – it is recommended that adults skate on junior sessions. Please consult with a coach prior to registering. 

*The above criteria are determined annually by coach recommendation.


Go to Fall/Winter 2020-21 for the basic schedule.


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