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 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 for skaters to continue to achieve.

CanPowerSkate is geared to skaters aged approximately six or older who already have basic forward and backward skating skills (they must 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 should wear full hockey/ringette equipment that is CSA approved. The coach to skater ratio is 1:10. 

What are the benefits of Participating in CanPowerSkate?

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

When you/your child registers for a CanPowerSkate program at your local Skate Canada club, you also become a member of Skate Canada, the national sport governing body for figure skating in Canada. Membership benefits in the CanPowerSkate program can include:  

  • participation in a unique skill testing system which includes award bars and ribbons 
  • parent information sheets 
  • progress updates and report cards 
  • special CanPowerSkate events and club functions 
  • opportunity to participate in a healthy lifestyle activity  

CanPowerSkate’s Pre-Power is designed for young skaters, approximately four to six 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.

The CanPowerSkate program consists of skills divided into six levels, arranged in progressions gradually increasing in complexity. Levels 1 to 3 focus on the fundamentals of skating, Levels 4 to 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 timed 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 that 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.  

The CanPowerSkate program is divided into six levels, with an additional Pre-Power level for younger skaters (approximately 4-6 years of age) who wish to learn early skating basics in a power skating specific environment. 

 The 23 skills from Levels 1 through 6 of the program are:  

Level 1

1. Forward Stride 

2. Backward Stride 

3. 180° Tight Glide Turn 

4. Backward Snowplow Stop 

5. Forward Side Stops (two feet) 

Level 2

6. Forward Crossovers 

7. Backward Crossovers 

8. Fast Forward Start (V start) 

9. Backward to Forward 180° Pivot  

Level 3

10. Fast Forward Crossover Start 

11. Forward to Backward 180° Pivot  

12. Backward Snowplow Stop/Start (one foot) 

13. Reverse Pivot Turn 

Level 4

14. Forward Side Stop/Start (one foot) 

15. Reverse 360° Pivot 

16. Forward Crossover - Quick Change of Direction 

17. 360° Tight Glide Turns  

Level 5

18. Forward Change of Speed 

19. Forward Lateral Movement 

20. Backward Lateral Movement 

21. Fast Backward Start 

22. Backward to Forward 45° Pivot 

23. Forward 360° Spin  

Level 6

A combination of skills from Levels 1 to 5 incorporating use of the puck/ring:  

1. Forward Stride 

2. Forward Side Stop / Crossover start (L over R) 

3. Forward Side Stop / Crossover start (R over L) 

4. Forward Crossovers 

5. Backward Crossovers 

6. Backward Lateral Movement 

7. Backward Snowplow Stop / Fast Forward Start 

8. Forward Lateral Movement 

9. Backward Stride 

10. Combination F to B; B to F Pivots (counterclockwise) 

11. Combination F to B; B to F Pivots (clockwise) 

12. 180° Tight Glide Turns (counterclockwise) 

13. 180° Tight Glide Turns (clockwise) 

14. 360° Tight Glide Turns (counterclockwise) 

15. 360° Tight Glide Turns (clockwise)