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2020/2021 Session Information:
Fall Session (10 weeks/$120) - Mondays - October 5th, 2020 to December 14th, 2020 (excluding Thanksgiving)
Winter Session (10 weeks/$120) - Mondays - January 4th, 2021 to March 22nd, 2021 (excluding Family Day and March Break)

In addition to applicable session fees, all skaters must be registered with Skate Canada prior to taking to the ice. The annual membership fee is $45. This fee is non-refundable. Skate Canada Membership and Insurance is valid from September 1st to August 31st. Any skaters who return for the Winter session will NOT be required to pay this fee again.

Under Ontario's Return to Play protocol, CanSkate will look a little different this year. CanSkate will run on Monday evenings and skaters will be organized into smaller-than-usual skating cohorts where they will receive 35 minutes of skating instruction. These lessons will either be from 5:25pm - 6:00pm, or 5:55pm - 6:30pm. (Please note that this time includes an off-ice, skates-on warm-up.) Skaters will be assigned a lesson time based on their skating level.

*Please note that under our current provincial order, we are only able to register skaters working on Stage 1 or higher of the CanSkate program (ALL participants from the 2019/2020 CanSkate season are eligible to return). Pre-CanSkate (beginner skaters with no on-ice experience) is NOT currently permitted as it requires sustained contact. Any new skaters to the program, must be able to move independently in order to be permitted on the ice. NDSC is committed to ensuring COVID precautions and hygiene measures will be followed in order to keep our members safe. We are hopeful that we will be able to welcome our brand new skaters during our Winter session!

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 do you need to participate?

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