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Mission Skating Lessons

The Mission Parks, Recreation & Culture Department in partnership with the Mission Skating Club is proud to offer the award winning CanSkate Learn to Skate program.  The only nationally recognized learn to skate program in Canada, CanSkate is designed for beginners of all ages.

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This 6 level program was developed by experts to teach the fundamentals of skating in a progressive and sequential manner.  The program focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development.  Participants will earn badges and other incentives as they progress.  Lessons are offered in a group format led by NCCP certified professional Coaches and assisted by trained Program Assistants.  Skaters progress at their own rate and Coaches make sessions active using teaching aids, music and a wide variety of activities that create a fun environment and promote learning.

Parents can register their child in a day and time that fits their schedule from a wide variety options available from Sep – March.  Each registrant will be divided into the appropriate stage on the first day of lessons.  Children are required to be a minimum age of 3 years.  Skaters must wear CSA approved hockey helmets (Bike Helmets are not permitted).

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Stage 1 (Balance)

An introductory class for beginners that focuses on balance.  Skills taught include:

  • Go Forward – balance on two feet with eye focus (posture/body alignment), marching on the spot, walking forward (duck walk).
  • Go Backward – walking backward (teeter totter on the spot is first teaching progression).
  • Stop – falling down and getting up, making “snow”.
  • Turn – two-foot quarter turns on one spot.
  • Spin – walking around on the spot.
  • Jump – two-foot jump on the spot.

Stage 2 (Glide Forwards)

This level helps the child build skills in forward glides moving towards more proficient skating.  Skills taught include:

  • Go Forward – consecutive push/glide sequences (forward) -min. 8 thrusts, forward glide (two feet & 1 foot), forward 1/2 sit glide, forward 2-foot sculling.
  • Go Backward – walking backwards with some glide.
  • Stop – forward snowplow or forward 1/2 snowplow
  • Turn – two-foot 1/2 turn on the spot.
  • Spin – two-foot spin.
  • Jump – two-foot jump while gliding forward.

Stage 3 (Glide Backwards)

This level provides an introduction to backwards glides and skating.  Skills taught include:

  • Go Forward – slalom (forward) – two-foot to one-foot.
  • Go Backward – consecutive push/glide sequence (backward), backward glide (two feet & one foot), two-foot sculling (backward).
  • Stop – backward snowplow or 1/2 snowplow.
  • Turn – two-foot turn (fwd to bwd & bwd to fwd).
  • Spin – two-foot spin picking up alternating feet.
  • Jump – two-foot jump gliding backwards.

Stage 4 (Edges)

This level focuses on edge control, turns and the two foot side stop.  Skills taught include:

  • Go Forward – forward glide on curve clockwise/counterclockwise (two-foot to one-foot), walking crosscuts (both directions).
  • Go Backward – backward glide on curve clockwise/counterclockwise (two feet to one foot),slalom (backward) -two feet to one foot.
  • Stop – forward two-foot side stop.
  • Turn – turning on a curve forward to backward and backward to forward (two feet), turning on a curve forward to backward (one foot) – outside & inside 3 turns.
  • Spin – forward one-foot spin (one revolution), two-foot sit spin.
  • Jump – two-foot jump forward to backward and backward to forward on a curve.

Stage 5 (Power)

This level teaches new skills that promote power.  Skills taught include:

  • Go Forward/backward- forward circle thrusts clockwise and counterclockwise, backward circle thrusts clockwise and counterclockwise, forward crosscuts in a figure eight pattern, edge development (step/step/step and hold on alternating curves) -forward outside & inside.
  • Stop – one-foot stop.
  • Turn – turning on a curve from backward to forward changing feet (Mohawk) -outside to outside & inside to inside.
  • Spin – forward one-foot spin (more than one revolution), one-foot back spin (one revolution).
  • Jump – one-foot jump forward to backward (three jump), forward power jump (bunny hop).

Stage 6 (Speed)

Once basic skills and techniques have been learned Stage 6 adds speed, strength and agility.  Skills taught include:

  • Go Forward – fast forward perimeter stroking -clockwise & counterclockwise.
  • Go Backward – fast backward perimeter stroking -clockwise & counterclockwise, backward crosscuts in a figure eight pattern, edge development (step/step/step and hold on alternating curves) -backward outside & inside.
  • Stop – two-foot side stop with speed (forwards).
  • Turn – circle stroking with crosscuts and turns (3s or Mohawks) -optional direction, turning on a curve from forward to backward changing feet (Mohawk), turning backward to forward on a curve (on one foot) -outside and inside “3” turns.
  • Spin – one-foot spin with a forward outside spiraling edge entry (more than one revolution), one-foot back spin (more than one revolution).
  • Jump – rotating power jump (waltz jump).

Stage 7 (Optional Pre-Preliminary)

This stage is an optional enrichment level for advanced skaters wishing to move into figure skating.  Skills taught include:

  • Go Forward/Go Backward – full edges (forward and backwards) on a line -forward & backward outside & inside, fast perimeter stroking with crosscuts at ends and straight strokes along sides -both directions and forward & backward, progressives (fwd/bwd both directions), chasse`s (fwd/bwd both directions), rolls or swing rolls (outside fwd/bwd).
  • Stop – fast skating forward stop – fast skating backward stop.
  • Turn – simple set pattern step sequence (including 3s and Mohawks).
  • Spin – one-foot spin with a backward crosscut entry, sit spin (one revolution), back sit spin (one revolution).
  • Jump – waltz jump (from back crosscuts), toeloop, Salchow, 1/2 flip or 1/2 Lutz.

Fitness Awards

Participants have the option to earn Fitness awards anytime during the CanSkate program.  These awards have the following criteria:

Fitness 1

  • Flexibility – sit and reach to toes.
  • Cardiovascular endurance – 5-minute skate.
  • Muscular endurance – squat for reps.
  • Agility – obstacle course.

Fitness 2

  • Flexibility – sit and reach beyond toes.
  • Cardiovascular endurance – 10-minute skate.
  • Muscular endurance – one-leg squat for reps.
  • Agility – obstacle course.