The West Carleton Skating Club teaches according to Skate Canada levels and guidelines.


Tiny Tots

Tiny Tots is a beginner CanSkate program for young children who may not be ready to be on the ice for a full 50 minutes.

Helmets are mandatory for this program.


CanSkate is a national certified program offered only through sanctioned SkateCanada clubs.  It is a basic 6-level, learn-to-skate program that serves as an excellent introduction to all ice sports including figure skating and hockey. 
For CanSkate lessons, the club ensures that there are at least two professional coaches on the ice for all sessions and is taught in a group format. These coaches rotate from group to group so that each group receives a lesson each day. The coaches are assisted by Program Assistants who are figure skaters from the club who have been trained by the coaches under Skate Canada guidelines and we maintain a ratio of one coach or program assistant for each 10 skaters on the ice.

New skaters are assigned to a CanSkate level according to their skating experience and age. During the first few sessions, coaches observe the skaters and may move some to other groups that are more appropriate to their ability.  Skaters progress through the 6 badge format on an individual basis. Progression is monitored and accessed continuously. CanSkate is the feeder program to the Starskate and Canpower programs that develop figure skating and hockey skills respectively.

Helmets are mandatory for this program.


StarSkate offers opportunities for skaters of all ages to develop fundamental figure skating skills in the areas of ice dance, skating skills, free skate and interpretive skating.

Unique in Canada, this program teaches figure skating skills in a group and/or private lesson format in a progressive and sequential manner and includes specifically designed awards and incentives. Skaters have the opportunity to take Skate Canada Tests through a nationally standardized testing system.


This is an introduction into StarSkate. As a general rule, skaters who have passed CanSkate Level 4 or are otherwise recommended by a coach may move up to Juniors. Lessons are held in a group format, with some independent skating required.

The Club provides the coach for the group lesson portion which includes two 50 minute group lessons per week. For the independent work portion, skaters may hire a coach for private lessons. Since Skate Canada does not permit coaches to solicit skaters, it is important for parents to ask coaches if they think their child is ready for individual coaching.


Juniors who are ready to skate independently and who are recommended by a coach, skate at the Low Intermediate level. Generally, skaters are coached privately at this level (or when opportunity warrants semi-privately). Skaters hire their own coach for lessons.


Skaters who are already skating in the StarSkate program and who have passed the completed Preliminary test are eligible to skate at the Senior level. Generally, skaters are coached privately at this level. Skaters hire their own coach for lessons.

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Junior Canpower

Junior CanPower is designed for younger skaters, approximately initiation to novice aged, or older beginner skaters, who can stand up on skates and move forward glide and stride) who are not ready for Senior CanPower.
Junior CanPower helps develop basic skating abilities in a power skating-specific environment, including balance skills, forward and backward skating, stopping, turning and agility skills.

Full protective hockey equipment is required for this program.


Senior CanPower

Senior CanPower is an instructional program that teaches skating skills and techniques to hockey and ringette players in a format that applies to the game situations.
Senior CanPower is geared to skaters who are atom aged hockey players or older who already have basic forward and backward skating skills. They should be able to skate the length of the rink using alternate strides and be able to stop on command without use of the boards.
Senior CanPower skaters should have at least 1 year of hockey or ringette experience.

Full protective hockey equipment is required for these programs.

We offer 2 CanPower Programs:

  • CanPower with an Edge Program: Combines the focus of skating and edge quality with puck control while skating.  Focus will be placed on stick handling, puck protection, deking (dekes), as well as shooting and passing.  Full protective gear will be required.
  • CanPower Skate Program: an action-packed, high energy instructional power skating program geared to hockey and ringette skaters that focuses on balance, power, agility, speed and endurance.



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