CanSkate, Pre CanSkate, and Parent & Tot

When you/your child registers for a Parent & Tot, Pre CanSkate, or CanSkate program at the Ayr Skating Club, you also become a member of Skate Canada, the national sport's governing body for skating in Canada.

Pre CanSkate / Parent & Tot

Ideal for preschoolers and the “new to the ice" skaters. Introduction includes: balance, falling safely, getting up and beginning movements.

Note: Skaters (and Parents if applicable) must wear a CSA approved hockey helmet at all times for Pre CanSkate / Parent & Tot programs.


The CanSkate program focuses on the development of six fundamental movements organized in six stages of learning. The curriculum is for all blade sports. Skills are arranged in progressions, from very simple to the more complex. Each stage has a primary focus. Once the skills on each stage are mastered, a badge is awarded. The series of badges include stage badges and fundamental movement badges.

CanSkate is Skate Canada’s flagship learn-to-skate program, designed for beginners of all ages. When you sign up for CanSkate you will be in a program that focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development. You will earn badges and other incentives as you learn fundamental skating skills. Lessons are given in a group format and led by an NCCP certified professional coach. Professional coaches are assisted by trained Program Assistants. The coach to student ratio is a maximum of 1:10. Skaters progress at their own rate and coaches make sessions active using teaching aids, music and a wide variety of activities that create a fun environment and promote learning. CanSkate is the feeder program to all other Skate Canada Skating Programs.

Note: Skaters must wear a CSA approved hockey helmet at all times for CanSkate programs.