Skate Canada's CanSkate Program
3 & 4 Year Olds - PreCanSkate (Options: 1 or 2 day programs)
This program is run along side with the mainstream CanSkate session and is designed to teach the very young skater basic movement on the ice and inspire confidence. This program has a strong element of play built in to encourage and capture the attention of young students. This program will help to prepare the young skater for our Mainstream CanSkate program. Skaters who register for this must be 3 years old by the start of the season or age 4 by December 31st. The program will offer one 30 minute session per week and will be held on Thursdays. Skaters who are 4 years old have an option to try out a two-day program, based on his or her previous skating skills and comfort level. This session will be instructed and assessed by a Professional Coach and lead by Volunteer Program Assistants (P.A.s).
Mainstream CanSkate (Option: 2 day program for Stages 1-7, including "Pre-Star" = Stages 6 & 7)
This program is designed by SKATE CANADA. Our is geared toward 5 to 12 year old children. There are 7 Stages and 6 Fundamentals to be covered. Children will advance at their own pace based on their individual talent and skills achieved. Skills are assessed by the Professional Coach on a daily basis and a Certificate for each Stage is awarded when all of the skills can be performed at the desired performance level for that Stage. Badges achieved throughout the season will be presented to each skater at the Annual Awards Night in April. Stages 1 through 7 will skate with the Mainstream CanSkate sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays. This program is instructed and assessed by a Professional Coach and lead by volunteer P.A.’s.
Stage 1 - Balance
Stage 2 - Glide Forward
Stage 3 - Glide Backward
Stage 4 - Edges
Stage 5 - Power
Stage 6 - Speed
Stage 7 - Pre-Preliminary
*Once skaters at DDFSC are in Stage 5 and above, they become candidates for our Pre-Star program. Please speak to one of our coaches for further information on sessions, options, and scheduling that is best for you and your skater.