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Why CanPowerSkate?

For clubs that have never offered power skating before, CanPowerSkate has proven to be successful in many clubs that have sought to attract new members, generate revenue, add a new dimension to its programming and achieve a larger reach in the community.


What Is the CanPowerSkate Program?

CanPowerSkate is 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 proper mechanical execution and also how the skills apply to game situations.

CanPowerSkate provides an alternative to figure skating and is an excellent complement for those athletes playing on hockey or ringette teams. Its unique skill award program provides incentives and motivation to skaters to continue to achieve.

CanPowerSkate is geared to skaters aged approximately 6 years or older who already have basic forward and backward skating skills (be able to skate the length of the rink using alternate strides), and are able to stop on command without use of the boards. For safety reasons participants must wear full hockey/ringette equipment that is CSA approved.

Recommended Eligibility Requirement for Skaters

CanPowerSkate is taught in a group environment, therefore all participants should have basic skating ability and should be able to manage the following skills:

  • Be able to get up on their own
  • Be able to skate forward the length of the ice using alternate strides
  • Be able to skate backward the width of the ice using alternate strides
  • Be able to stop without hitting the boards

**Skaters who cannot perform these skills on their own should commence at the Pre-Power or CanSkate Level.

CanPowerSkate Pre-Power

CanPowerSkate’s Pre-Power is designed for young skaters, approximately 4 – 6 years of age who can stand up on skates and move forward (shuffle, walk or glide) who may not be ready for CanPowerSkate Level 1. Pre-Power helps develop basic skating abilities in a power skating-specific environment, including balance skills, forward and backward skating, stopping, turning and agility skills. The curriculum is presented in three progressive levels complete with its own awards to encourage participation and motivate skaters. Pre-Power has been designed to run concurrently with CanSkate sessions.

Benefits of Participating in CanPowerSkate

CanPowerSkate is the only nationally required regulated power skating program in Canada. It was developed by a team of hockey, figure skating and ringette experts to teach the fundamental of power skating in a progressive and sequential manner.

Program Structure

The CanPowerSkate program consists of skills divided into six levels, arranged in progressions gradually increasing in complexity. Levels 1 – 3 focus on the fundamentals of skating, Levels 4 – 6 place additional focus on the acquisition of efficient technique, speed, agility, technical aspects of stride and acceleration and skating with the puck/ring. Skaters are evaluated on skill level and are times as they perform a test involving skills in a course-like pattern. The skater receives a mark combining his skill performance plus test time. This determines whether the skater receives a Bronze, Silver or Gold award bar for the Level.

NOTE: The CanPowerSkate program is under copyright and is available only to Skate Canada member clubs and sanctioned skating schools. All participants must be registered with Skate Canada. Only Skate Canada member Coaches trained and certified at a CanPowerSkate Coaches Course are qualified to instruct the CanPowerSkate program.

Who Can Teach CanPowerSkate?

WO Clubs Offering a Power Skating Program

Check with your local skating club to see if they offer CanPowerSkate programs.

For more information contact
Carol Moir, WO Skating Programs Coordinator
519-686-0431, ext. 23



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