Frequently Asked Questions
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My child wants to learn to skate - what program should I choose?

CanSkate is Skate Canada's nationally standardized learn-to-skate program for beginning skaters from age four to teenage. It was developed by experts to teach the fundamentals of skating in a progressive and sequential manner, and helps to build a strong foundation for all kinds of skating - figure skating, speed skating, hockey or ringette. CanSkate is a two day per week program, skaters must be 4 years old to begin, and all skaters must wear a CSA-approved hockey helmet.

How is the CanSkate session structured?

Our CanSkate sessions are 40 minutes long. The first 5 minutes is spent warming up, 30 minutes is spent learning the proper fundamental skating techniques through the use of circuits and 5 minutes is for warm down.

Who are the CanSkate coaches?

Our coaches are former figure skaters who have passed certified training courses through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). They are registered with Skate Canada each year, have current first aid certification and have passed criminal record checks. Our coaches continually attend training sessions and workshops to enhance their skills and stay current with the latest in training trends.

Who are the teenaged skaters helping on the CanSkate session?

WRSSSC program assistants are advanced skaters in our club, who have been trained to assist our professional coaches on the CanSkate sessions. They are volunteers; their role is to help young skaters practice the skills they have learned with the professional coaches and to make sure the children are having fun while they are learning to skate

Why is CanSkate not offered on weekends?

Weekend ice at both Centennial and South Surrey Arenas has always been used for hockey, ringette and Parks & Rec programs. WRSSSC does not have access to ice on the weekends except for special events such as Jingle Blades and Carnival.

Where can I buy skates and skating apparel?

Skates can be purchased from a skate shop. We highly recommend figure skates be bought at Cyclone Taylor Figure Skating at W. 49th and Oak St., or for hockey skates any sports store (Docksteaders or Sports Replay both near King George and 24th Ave.). Cyclone Taylor carries a wide range of new and used figure skates and skating apparel. They are trained to properly fit skates.

Where can I get skates sharpened?

Bruce's Edge (15485 Poplar Dr, White Rock 604-541-7472) is suitable for CanSkate or CanPowerSkate sharpening. For figure skating, the best option is Cyclone Taylor Figureskating (www.cyclonetaylorfigskate.com).

What should my child wear for CanSkate lessons?

It is important your child is warm and dry while skating, and clothing should not be confining or restrict movement so it is up to you and your child how they should be dressed. CSA approved hockey helmets are mandatory until your child has passed CanSkate Stage 5, and are highly recommended for all CanSkaters.

How will my child's progress be evaluated in CanSkate?

While test days are scheduled every several months, skaters' progress is evaluated by the coaches on an on-going basis. Progress reports and badges (if earned) are distributed to students at the end of each season (in the case of the fall/winter season, this means December and March; in the case of the spring season, this means June). Please remove all badges and certificates from your child's report card and return the card to either the office or the coaches when the next season begins.

When does WRSSSC registration take place?

For registration information contact our office, info@wrsssc.com, 604-538-0109 Monday, Wednesday,Thursday 9:30am-12:30pm.

Fall/Winter registration begins in July and continues until the end of November or until the session is full.
Fall/Winter Sessions run from September until spring break.

Spring session registration begins in February.
WRSSSC Spring session is from April to June.

Summer registration begins in May.
The Summer session is from July through to the end of August.

What's next after CanSkate?

There are 6 stages to the CanSkate program and, depending on your goals, age, commitment and skill level, there are several options for skaters who complete these stages.

STAR Academy is an invitation only program for skaters identified by the club coaches as showing keenness and potential beyond the recreational level. Its focus is to prepare skaters for figure skating tests and competitions, and includes three on-ice sessions and one off-ice session per week.

STARSkate Open and/or StarSkate Junior is what most people think of as "figure skating".
StarSkate Open is for skaters who have completed the CanSkate program and are 10 years old or older and want to continue with figure skating at a recreational level.
StarSkate Junior is for skaters who are younger and require a higher lesson:ice ratio.

Check with a coach for more information regarding which path would be best for your child.

What is STARSkate?

STARSkate is Skate Canada's program of test and competitive figure skating. STARSkate offers opportunities for skaters of all ages to develop fundamental figure skating skills in the areas of free skate, skills, ice dance and interpretive. Skaters' progression is promoted through a nationally standardized testing system and participation in competitions.

How does my child get started in STARSkate?

The logical transition from STAR Academy or CanSkate is the Junior Development Program. Please contact us at info@wrsssc.com for advice in planning your child's entry to STARSkate.

Who can I contact for more information?

Any general questions or concerns (or if you're just not sure who to ask), can be directed to info@wrsssc.com or 604-538-0109.

Email addresses for all coaches and key board members are listed on the website.