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Skate Canada Brighton Programs

We offer several Skate Canada programs for all skating levels and goals! Beginners can learn to skate and/or improve their basic skills in the Pre-CanSkate program, CanSkate program, or Adult/Teen Learn-to-skate program. More advanced skaters can continue to fine-tune their figure skating skills in the Junior and Senior STAR Program. Read on to learn more about our programs, and feel free to get in touch for more information. We hope you’ll join us!

CanSkate Programs

CanSkate is a dynamic learn-to-skate program focusing 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 participate in any ice sport or to skate as a recreational activity.


Who can join CanSkate?

CanSkate is for beginners of all ages, children or adults, and those wishing to improve their basic skills, whether their focus is on figure skating, hockey, speed skating, or just skating for fun.


What will you learn?

A complete series of balance, control, and agility skills are taught in six stages of learning that pertain to hockey, ringette, speed skating, figure skating, and general recreational skating. CanSkate uses nationally tested and proven curriculum and delivery methods that guarantee skaters' 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 of 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 benchmark skaters’ progress and reward effort and participation.

What do you need to participate? 

All you need are skates, a CSA-approved hockey helmet, long pants, mittens, and a warm sweater or jacket. Dress in layers – it will get warm!


Our Pre-CanSkate program is an excellent option for new skaters, age 3 or older, who require hands-on assistance getting up and maneuvering on the ice.

Advanced CanSkate

Our Rising STAR Advanced CanSkate program is designed for skaters in Stages 4, 5, and 6.  Skaters must have passed Stage 3 and can skate forward and backward fluidly. Smaller class sizes allow skaters room for more freedom of movement on the ice.

Junior and Senior STAR Skate 

Unique in Canada, the Skate Canada STAR Skate program teaches figure skating skills progressively and sequentially, in group and private lesson formats, offering skaters of all ages the opportunity to develop fundamental figure skating skills in the areas of skills, free skating, ice dancing and interpretive skating. Skaters can take Skate Canada Tests through a nationally standardized testing system and may also choose to enter competitions.

The STAR 1-5 program offers Canada's best-in-class figure skating curriculum, targeting athletes looking for a future in the sport. Taught by Skate Canada NCCP coaches, the program introduces participants to the basic figure skating elements to create the foundation for singles, pairs, ice dance and synchronized skating. All skaters in this program must have passed CanSkate Stage 6 or equivalent. Skaters may be of any age. Adaptive skaters who have the required skating ability are welcome.


STAR 6- GOLD is an assessment and event structure for skaters who completed the STAR 1-5 Program. This structure builds on the skills acquired in STAR 1-5 and introduces skaters to more advanced figure skating elements.


Adult/Teen CanSkate

Who can join the Adult/Teen CanSkate "Learn-to-skate" program? 
Any adult or teen who has never been on skates or has limited skating abilities would like to learn to skate or improve in a small adult/teen group environment.

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