Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
My child wants to start skating and has never skated before. Where do we start?
It depends on the age of your child. All children will START in the Pre-CanSkate Program (which starts at age 4). However, if your child is 6 years or older, they should be registered in the Pre-CanSkate 6+ program so they don’t feel uncomfortable in classes with younger, smaller children. Skaters who are 11+ may be asked to moved the Adult/Teen CanSkate program, where they may feel more comfortable, this is at the coaches discretion.
How old does my child have to be to start lessons?
Children must be 4 years of age at the start of their registered program. A child of 3 years of age can start in our Parent & Tot program with a registered parent/guardian who is required to wear a CSA approved helmet and skates on the ice
How is my child evaluated?
For CanSkate, CanPower, and Figure Prep programs, coaches begin doing evaluations on weeks 4 or 5, once they have a balance of groups on the ice. Skaters are continuously evaluated, and will be placed in groups with other skaters based on: skills, speed, age, etc. Skaters may move groups during the session at the coaches discretion. If a skater would be better suited for a different program, you will be contacted directly by a coach.
CanSkate and Figure Prep report cards are online and ready to view for the last day of each session, when badges, ribbons, and certificates are handed out.
Power report cards or developmental assessments are handed out on the last day of each session.
Skaters receive report cards only if they are registered in a Fall or Winter group program and/or do two days per week during Spring.
What if I have concerns about the coaching of my child?
Please talk to one of our coaches directly, and they will either address your concern or pass it on to the program coordinator. Our coaches want to make skating a very positive experience for your child(ren) so if you have concerns, please don’t hesitate to approach them. For coach contact information, please see the Coaches section of this website. Please only approach our coaches, not our program assistants.
My child wants to play hockey/ringette but they have never skated before, where do I put them?
If your child has no skating experience, they must start and pass the PreCanSkate program, before moving into CanPower Initiation. See the program descriptions for more information. CanPower Initiation will continue to teach the basics of skating, as they pertain to a hockey or ringette skater, and incorporates the use of stick, as well as the opportunity to play with pucks/rings.
Skaters may be moved based on coaches discretion, to a program that best suits their age and abilities.
When do lessons start?
ASC programs now run all year long. Our Fall programs start in October, our Winter programs start in January, our Spring programs start in April and Summer programs (if there is interest) start in July. We also have CanPowerSkate camps beginning in August. Please visit our Registration Calendar for more specific information.
What equipment does my child need?
All CanSkate skaters need skates (either figure skates or hockey skates depending on where you want your child to progress to), a proper fitting CSA approved hockey helmet (with or without the mask – although we recommend the mask), ski pants, a warm jacket and mittens that won’t stick to the ice. We recommend warm clothing as the rink can be quite cold; however, the helmet, skates and mittens are MANDATORY. (No hockey sticks on CanSkate ice)
CanPower Initiation skaters can bring their own stick. Helmet cage is mandatory due to the use of sticks/pucks/rings. Full hockey/ringette gear is optional for skaters under 6 years, skaters over 6 years must have gear.
CanPower Intermediate/Advanced skaters MUST have a cage on their helmet with a stick and full hockey/ringette equipment is mandatory.
Can parents go on the ice?
No. Parents/Guardians are not allowed on the ice unless they are registered with Skate Canada (i.e. Parent n' Tot Program) and have the permission of the Coach. We have several Program Assistants to help with each session.
What kind of fundraising does the Club do?
There is no fundraising obligation for parents of skaters in CanSkate and CanPowerSkate programs. Fundraising/Volunteer Commitments begin at the Figure Prep level. To keep the cost as low as possible fundraising is a necessary reality. For more detailed information on this season’s fundraising initiatives, please visit our Volunteer Commitment page. The type of fundraising and requirements vary from season to season.
What forms of payment do you accept?
ASC now has online registration and that is the only method of registering for our programs. We only accept credit card or pre-paid credit payment online.
What if I missed the registration dates?
ASC now has online registration and you will have the ability to see if programs still have openings and be able to register if there is room.
My child wants to take figure skating, what program do I register them for?
If your child does not have any skating experience, they will need to start off in our PreCanSkate/CanSkate program. As they progress and after completing CanSkate levels 1-3, they will eventually be invited into the Figure Skating prep program. These programs introduce the skater to the fundamental skills necessary to begin either a recreational or competitive figure skating career.
How soon do I need to pay for my child's skating?
Payment is required before the start of the program, however, you can choose to pay in installments online.
What do I do if I forget my password on my online registration account?
Please email our Administrator to have your password reset.