All skaters begin at the Recreational level which provides skating basics. Skate Canada understands that skaters want to attain different levels of achievement. Some want to learn how to stop, others want to be the next world champion, while others want to skate for the fun of it. The Recreational level is the best place to start regardless of your goal. The Shallow Lake Skating Club is happy to offer the following Skate Canada Programs.
Canskate is a learn to skate program that meets the needs of skaters of all ages and introduces them to the fundamental movements of going forward, backward, stopping, turning, spinning and jumping. The movements are explored in six stages with badges awarded in the Senior CanSkate program for each stage. In most cases a skater can complete this program quickly. After completing the CanSkate program a skater can advance to StarSkate.
Skate Canada also offers programs for hockey and ringette players in CanPowerSkate, special needs skaters in the Special Olympics, as well as programs for those interested in Synchronized Skating or Competitive Skating
Involves four disciplines: Dance, Freeskating, Skills, and interpretive. Each discipline progresses through the following levels: Preliminary, Junior Bronze, Senior Bronze, Junior Silver, Senior Silver and Senior Gold. (Dance also has a Diamond level)
In Freeskating, jumps, spins, and footwork sequences are applied to a Freeskate program.
In Skills, footwork and edge patterns are learned.
In Dance, set patterns are learned. Shallow Lake Skating Club is happy to announce that we now have a Male Partnering program for our older StarSkaters. This program will allow our skaters to stay within our own club to work on dances and not have to travel to other clubs.
If at all possible, senior skaters or your coach will partner dances at a lower level for testing days. If this is not possible, you will be notified of any extra fees in advance.
Interpretive skating involves a program designed to interpret a piece of music.
The patterns and dances of each discipline are evaluated on Test Days. On a Test Day a trained Judge evaluates the skater's ability and determines whether or not the skater is ready to move up to the next level.
StarSkate is further divided into "Rising Stars" (Skaters in Stage 6 until they pass their first dance test), Intermediate, and Senior.