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Access to the CanPowerSkate Program

Why CanPowerSkate?

CanPowerSkate has proven to be successful in attracting new members, generating revenue, adding a new dimension to programming and achieving a larger reach in the community.


What Is the CanPowerSkate Program?

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. 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.

The Coach to Skater ratio is 1:10.

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.

Who Can Teach CanPowerSkate?

  1. Only certified CanPowerSkate Coaches who are current Skate Canada member coaches may teach and assess CanPowerSkate skills.
  2. For Pre-Power ONLY, which is designed to run concurrently with the CanSkate program: It is highly recommended that coaches be CanPowerSkate certified, but not mandatory. Due to the nature of the program and for ease of transition of staff at the club level, NCCP Primary STARSkate certified coaches may teach Pre-Power, provided they have reviewed in advance, and in depth, the revised CanPowerSkate Manual and CanPowerSkate video. To teach CanPowerSkate Levels 1 through 6 coaches must be certified at a 2-day CanPowerSkate Coaches Course.
  3. Hockey skates: It is important with regard to the program’s image and credibility that hockey skates be worn by both coaches and program assistants involved in CanPowerSkate. Should coaches not be able to wear hockey skates, they are expected to have a demonstrator or assistant in hockey skates present on the ice to demonstrate skills for partcipants.
  4. Assistants / Demonstrators: the use of non-CanPowerSkate certified Skate Canada Coaches and Program Assistants (eligible skater/community volunteers) under the supervision of at least one Skate Canada member CanPowerSkate certified coach is permitted. That is, as long as the CanPowerSkate program is being instructed by a Skate Canada member CanPowerSkate Coach, other Skate Canada coaches and programs assistants may be used to assist with the delivery of the program. It is the CanPowerSkate coach’s responsibility to ensure that program assistants/demonstrators are trained appropriately for their duties.
  5. Program Assistants or demonstrators (i.e. local hockey / ringette players) involved in a CanPowerSkate program must be registered Skate Canada members.
  6. All CanPowerSkate Learning Facilitators must be current Skate Canada Coaching members.
  7. For more information on how to become a CanPowerSkate Coach

Our Power Skate Learning Facilitator, Nancy Gruhl
with Danny Moir, one of our CanPowerSkate Coaches

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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