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.
A complete series of balance, control and agility skills are 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.
To participate in CanSkate skaters need proper fitting hockey skates or figure skates (boots must have with laces, not velcro, and proper support in the ankle), a CSA-approved hockey helmet, long pants/ski pants, thick mittens, and a winter jacket.
Program Assistants (PA’s)and coaches: Our PA’s are provided for the CanSkate and CanPower programs through our StarSkate membership. These PA’s are required to have a certain level of ability and maturity before being asked to help. Our PA’s are trained by our coaches and have taken a training course through Skate Canada - Sask. These are volunteers who keep our programs running and our costs down.
Our Program assistants this season will be led by Trisha Stenson, who is a former GLSC coach and is willing to retrain as a coach and Dorothy Gillis will be overseeing the implementation of our programs.
CanSkate is for school aged children.
For the 2020-2021 Season, CanSkate for stages 1-6 will be offered Mondays and Thursdays 5:00 - 5:45. Participants must be able to skate unassisted forwards and backwards and get upon their own.
REGISTRATION for CanSkate:
Online registration can be found at the GLSC CanSkate Registration Page.
Gull Lake Skating Club