Learn to Skate / Canskate

Action, Movement, Fun!  Skate Canada’s flagship program for learning to skate.  For beginners as well as for those wishing to improve their basic skills for figure skating, hockey, speed skating or recreational skating. Must be 3 years of age as of December 31, 2018.

  • NCCP-trained professional coaches, assisted by trained program assistants
  • Balance, control and agility skills taught in six stages of learning
  • Badges, ribbons and other incentives to mark skaters’ progress and reward effort and partic




Congratulations, your skater has successfully graduated from the CanSkate program! What’s next? Hearst skaters interested in continuing to develop their skills have the option to join STARSkate. While coaches are included in the CanSkate program, STARSkate is slightly different. If you are unfamiliar with the skating world, the next steps can be a lot like feeling your way around a dark room. Rest assured, the Hearst Figure Skating Club and Skate Canada are here to help you. While the following document will provide some guidance, do not hesitate to ask Hearst Figure Skating Club coaches, board members and skater parents questions. Do not be shy, at some point, we have all been in your shoes and as a club, everyone is more than happy to help.


You will need to approach, select and hire a HFSC coach directly. This arrangement is independent of the club. The club will not recommend a specific coach. When you hire a coach, the agreement is made between the skater, parent and the coach. The Club assumes no responsibility for private lessons arranged between the coach and the skater, or for fees incurred as a result of this agreement.   


1. Ask your skater, why do you want to skate? Do you want to compete or skate for fun? 

2. Read Skate Canada’s Long-Term Athlete Development Guide. Pending your goal, this guide will help you understand skater development and create a personalized road map that can be shared with potential coaches.

3. Be prepared to answer some key questions, including how many sessions per week will your skater be participating and how much time per week would you like your skater coached?

4. Get to know the coaches. It is important that the skater and coach have a connection. Your child may already have a favourite coach based on whom he/she has had for CanSkate lessons. Getting to know the coaches’ attitudes towards teaching, competitions, tests, etc., will help you feel comfortable that there is a good skater coach match.

5. Ask parents who use specific coaches what their experience has been like? Are they satisfied with the results? Generally, parents are more than happy to share information.

6. Investigate Coaches’ credentials, availability and rates. The rate charged for private or semi-private lessons is set at the discretion of the professional coach in agreement with their clients.

7. Contact the coach of your choice directly for more information and/or to make arrangements.

8. Follow Up! Once you have done your research, selected a coach and lessons have begun, it is important that you continue to communicate and meet with the coach to review progress and set expectations.

9. Always confirm with you coach that you are returning for another season. If they do not hear from you, they may end up being fully booked resulting in you having to look for another coach.

10. As your skater progresses, you may find a need to change coaches or add a new coach to gain specific skills. When, and if, the decision to change/add coaches has been made, certain common sense and ethical procedures should be followed. Notify your current coach of your decision privately. Pay any outstanding account balances. Be discreet and courteous throughout.


Develop fundamental figure skating skills in Free Skate, Ice Dance, Skating Skills and Interpretive Skating. Skaters have the opportunity to take Skate Canada Tests through a nationally standardized testing system. 

Figure skates only (no hockey skates). 

Star 1 - 2 (Junior)  

  • Must have passed CanSkate Stage 
  • 15 minutes group lesson per session.  Please contact the coach of your choice prior to the start of the season for private lessons
  • 2 sessions of 50 minutes per week

Star 3 - 4 (Intermediate)

  • Private lessons you will need to contact the coach of your choice prior to the start of the season
  • 3 sessions of 1 hour 20 minutes per week

Star 5 - Gold (Senior)

  • Passed STAR 5 Free Skate or any 2 Star 5 tests (Skills and/or Dance)
  • Private lessons you will need to contact the coach of your choice before the start of the season
  • 4 sessions of 1 hour 20 minutes per week or 3 sessions of 1 hour 50 minutes depending on ice time availability


Long Term Athlete Development

Skate Canada’s newly developed comprehensive Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model is designed to assist coaches, parents, volunteers and administrators create an environment that allows skaters to fully develop and reach their potential in the sport, regardless of whether their goals are recreational or competitive in nature.

In Pursuit of Excellence: Skate Canada’s Guide to Long-Term Athlete Development  is for the benefit of all members and is rooted in the philosophy of “skating for life” and being active for life.





Synchronized skating, or “synchro” is a specialized discipline of skating involving groups of eight or more skaters performing various group formations and maneuvers. The objective is for the team to perform as one unit executing circles, blocks, lines, wheels and intersections in unison to the music, while demonstrating quality edges, power and flow. Skate Canada’s SynchroSkate program includes a number of Synchronized Skating categories which accommodate skaters at any age and skill level.

We offer that program every year to adults in our community.  We also offer it when we have at least 8 skaters of the same level.


CanPower Skate



An action-packed, high energy instructional power skating program geared to hockey and ringette skaters that focuses on balance, power, agility, speed and endurance. Skills, techniques and conditioning drills are taught in a progressive format that emphasizes how the skills apply to game situations. 


Geared to skaters aged approximately six or older who already have basic forward and backward skating skills and can stop on command without use of the boards or have passed CanSkate Stage 2. 

For safety reasons participants should wear full hockey/ringette equipment that is CSA approved.