CanSkate – Learn to Skate Program

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. CanSkate teaches the basic fundamental movements: Go Forwards, Go Backwards, Stop, Turn, Spin, Jump, and Crossovers. You will earn badges and other incentives as you learn fundamental skating skills. The Skate Canada CanSkate program provides Nation-wide standardized report cards, badges, stickers, progress charts, and talent identification.

CanSkate  – Fall 2018 Schedule

Wednesday 4:15pm – 5:00pm Facility Ice Sports North Shore
Friday 3:45pm – 4:30pm Facility Ice Sports North Shore
Saturday 3:15pm – 4:30pm
Facility Karen Magnussen Arena
Saturday 4:00pm – 4:45pm
Facility Karen Magnussen Arena
Sunday 2:15pm – 3:00pm
Facility Agrodome (PNE Grounds)

All Skate Canada programs are taught in a group format by professional coaches who are specially trained and certified through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).  Skaters progress at their own rate and coaches make session active using teaching aids, music, and a wide variety of activities that create fun environment and promote learning. All you need are skates, a CSA-approved helmet, long pants, mittens, warm jacket.  Dress in layers – it will get cold!

Skate Shop Rental is available at Ice Sports North Shore (ISNS) on Wednesday & Friday sessions only. Rental fees are NOT included in VSC Registration fees. There is NO Skate Rental available at the Agrodome (PNE Grounds) or Karen Magnussen Arena.

If a skater is older than 9, and wishes to advance to private or semi-private lessons, the skater’s family should contact the JumpStart Academy Director or the CanSkate Program Administrator at Vancouver Skating Club to make arrangements for an assessment.


JUMPSTART Academy – Director of Programs: Lee Boyd

T: 604.924.1134



CanSkate – Director of Programs: Coach Lee Boyd



Skate Canada – Skate Canada BC



Learn to Skate

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