PreCanPowerSkate is Skate Canada's Flagship learn-to-skate program designed for the hockey or ringette enthusiast! Preschoolers and kindergarten children ages 3 - 6 years who have never skated before or who need to learn to balance and begin to move on the ice will participate in a group session to learn basic fundamentals of skating. In their fun 30 minute session, skaters will learn to balance and move forward, to move backward and stop, to stride, jump & turn. Professional, NCCP certified coaches assisted by trained, volunteer Program Assistants use fun music, brightly coloured teaching aids, hockey sticks and pucks, bubbles, games and hoola hoops to motivate and inspire skating! Skaters earn ribbons and other incentives as they learn fundamental skating skills. Our coach:student ratio on PreCanSkate is a maximum of 1:8.
What should my skater wear to PreCanPowerSkate? All participants are required to wear a CSA approved hockey helmet (cage optional). We suggest mittens or hockey gloves, splash or snow pants, and layers with a warm sweater or coat. Full hockey gear is not required but if your skater wants to dress like a pro, jerseys are welcome! Hockey sticks and pucks are provided but skaters are welcome to bring their own stick.
What about skates? The most important piece of equipment are your skates! Look for good ankle support and the correct fit. Hockey skates are great beginning skates. Figure skates (used or new) from a reputable skating store (ie. Figure Skating Boutique or Spirals or other) will have good support. Avoid skates from local hardware stores and we do not recommend the “ski boot” type of skate because the latches open when kids fall, and they do not allow for the bending of ankles needed for developing power and speed. EGSC coaches have experience fitting skates, so feel free to ask us for an assessment.
Be sure to SHARPEN your skates before using them! Or your child will slip and fall like Bambi!
I WANT MY SKATER TO PROGRESS QUICKLY! We offer multiple sessions per week and your child will progress much faster if they enrol in multiple sessions. Please use CONTACT US to request special multiple day pricing to combine a PreCanPower session with a PreCanSkate session. It is economical to skate more!
QUESTIONS? Contact our Skating Programs Director and Professional Coach, Lianne Sherriff at firstname.lastname@example.org