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Advanced CanSkate Program

This program is for skaters interested in continuing to work on their badge skills at a more advanced level with a concentration on the hockey and ringette skills included in the program. Skaters are typically on Canskate Stage 4 badge or have been recommended by coaches to move up. Hockey skates can be worn. Skills are taught focusing on power and technique to improve the skater's all around basic skating, for use in other sports or for recreational purposes. In this program, skaters will continue to complete their CanSkate levels. The goal is to have the skaters pass Level 4 by the end of the first year and Level 5 by the end of the second year. These are the general goals; however, each skater is different and factors such as the frequency and duration of lessons attended will impact how quickly skaters will attain these goals. In the Introductory program coaches will monitor progress on an ongoing basis. Ribbons and badges will be given out as they are earned. 

Report cards will be completed in December and March. However, skaters are instructed on what they should focus on to complete their level throughout the season.  

Program Structure 

The Advanced Canskate programs are provided within group lessons in a low ratio format by a certified coach. Coaching fees are included in the registration fees. There are 50 minutes of group lessons. The coaches will teach balance, agility and control. 

Parents may opt to arrange private lessons for their skater to occur before their group session by purchasing a Pre-Star special package. For this package a minimum of 15 minutes with
a private coach is required. Please note private lesson fees are not included in the skater’s registration fee and will be billed to the student directly by their private coach.
See how to choose a base coach in our MSC Handbook Final.pdf. 

Clothing for Advanced CanSkate

Proper clothing is required for all of MSC’s programs

  • For Advanced CanSkate we encourage skaters to wear a pair of warm pants and a sweater or jacket (preferably without a hood)
  • Gloves or mitts should also be worn for warmth and safety (this is usually the first body part to feel the cold). Mitts keep hands warmer for skaters.
  • Long scarves / hoods and large hats should be avoided, as they can be dangerous.
  • It is recommended that skaters in the advanced CanSkate program wear hockey skates 
  • CSA Approved Hockey Helmets are mandatory until Stage 5 is passed. 

Note: bicycle or ski helmets do not cover the full skull and the skater will not be permitted on the ice if wearing this type of helmet.