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Program Descriptions (updated August 13, 2021)


The Canmore Skating Club expects to offer the following programs during the 2021-22 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 during the 2021-22 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. Minimum Skater Requirement: If this is the student’s first year on skates they must be four (4) years of age or older. Three year-olds may register if they have achieved CanSkate “Badge 1 Balance” (generally speaking, “Badge 1 Balance” means the skater can move around the ice without support and get themselves up onto their feet after a fall unassisted. 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
  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 be touching the skaters as little as possible 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. 
  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. Date of the 2021-22 season meeting has yet to be determined (link to recording of 2020 meeting here).
  9. For additional COVID-19 protocols being followed, please go to the Club's  COVID-19 Protocols page.
  10. SKATE-CANADA-ASSUMPTION-OF-RISK-AND-WAIVER for the current skating season (September 1, 2021 - August 31, 2022) will be presented to you when you register for the program. The skater's aide will also be required to sign this document.

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.  If you haven't been part of Skate Canada's CanSkate program but confidently skate forwards and backwards and wish to explore figure skating, please contact the Club - this may be a great place to get started. During the Fall/Winter season, the program is offered 2 days per week so you 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 during the Fall/Winter season, 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. 
  • 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 Assessments through a nationally standardized 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. 


Go to Fall/Winter 2021-22 for the basic schedule.


For the COVID-19 protocols being followed, please go to the Club's COVID-19 Protocols page.

We make this acknowledgement in the spirit of respect, reconciliation and gratitude to the people of Treaty 7 - the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations (Chiniki, Bearspaw, Wesley), and the Métis Nation (Region 3) - on whose territory we are so fortunate to live, work, learn and play.


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