CanSkate/ Pre-Power Program

Do you wish to become a figure skater or a hockey player, but have little or no experience? OR  Do you wish to learn basic skating skills?
Then CanSkate/ Pre-Power is the right program for you!
What is CanSkate ?

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.


Who’s it for ?

For beginners of all ages, children or adults, as well as for those wishing to improve their basic skills whether their focus be for figure skating, hockey, speed skating or just skating for fun.

Who teaches it ?

NCCP-trained professional coaches, assisted by trained program assistants.

What will you learn ?

A complete series of balance, control and agility skills 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.

What can you expect?

Action, movement and fun! Lessons are given in a group format with a coach-to-student ratio of a maximum 1:10. Skaters progress at their own rate and coaches make sessions active using teaching aids, upbeat music and a wide variety of activities that create a motivational environment and promote learning. Badges, ribbons and other incentives are used to benchmark skaters’ progress and reward effort and participation.

What is Pre-Power Skate? 

Pre-Power is designed for young skaters, approximately four to six years of age who can stand up on skates and move forward (shuffle, walk or glide) who may not be ready for CanPowerSkate Level 1.

Pre-Power helps develop basic skating abilities in a power skating-specific environment, including balance skills, forward and backward skating, stopping, turning, and agility skills. 


The curriculum is presented in three progressive levels complete with its own awards to encourage participation and motivate skaters.  Pre-Power has been designed to run concurrently with CanSkate sessions.



CanSkate is Skate Canada’s nationally recognized learn to skate program and were so glad you’ve decided to be a part of this wonderful program through our Juan de Fuca Skating Club!

What to Wear/Bring to my lesson? (FAQ)
  • CSA approved helmet is mandatory

    • Most bike helmets are not CSA approved, please see a coach or executive member at the rink if your unsure about your helmet

  • Skates

    • We do not rent/loan skates, if you have any questions on purchasing skates please see one of our coaches at the rink

  • Clothing that allows freedom of movement

    •  ie: stretch pants o No Jeans or Snow Pants

  • A warm sweater

    • No bulky winter coats

    • A layered ‘lululemon look’ is best for warmth and mobility


  • Warm Gloves or Mittens

  • Running Shoes

    • Children will do an off-ice warm up prior to lacing up their skates, please see schedule for times applicable to your session

*Kids registered in Pre-Power may wear hockey gear, but not required

How often do I sharpen my skates?
  • CanSkate – approx. every 2 months

  • StarSkate/Competitive Skaters – approx. every 6 weeks

What group is my child in?
  • Skaters who have been wiith our program in the past will be grouped according to the last level they skated in

  • New members will start in Pre-CanSkate and will be assessed and where applicable placed in a different group appropriate to their skill level as quickly as possible

  • Assessments are ongoing throughout the year to ensure all skaters are learning relevant skills applicable to them in a progressive and sequential manner.

    • There are no ‘Test days’ in CanSkate, children are assessed as required at anytime