Kids skating in CanPowerSkate

Skate Canada Programs: CanPowerSkate

CanPowerSkate-450x290CanPowerSkate 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.

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.

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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:

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  • 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 be talent-scouted
  • opportunity to participate in a healthy lifestyle activity

These are some of the awards and incentives that have been developed to encourage athletes in CanPowerSkate:


How does CanPowerSkate work?

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.

Please note: The CanPowerSkate program is exclusive to Skate Canada 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.

CanPowerSkate Coach Pathway

CanPowerSkate Coach Pathway Chart

  • Participants must have a strong understanding of the following CanPowerSkate skills prior to taking the course:
    • Stance and Balance
    • Gliding (Straight & Circle paths)
    • Stops
    • Starts
    • Forward Stride
    • Backward Stride
    • Turns & Pivots
    • Forward Crossovers
    • Backward Crossovers
  • Participants should have a strong understanding of how these skills apply to hockey or ringette game situations
  • Participants must be able to demonstrate these skills using hockey skates and a hockey/ringette stick

Entry Pre-Requisites:

  • Participants must be at least 16 years of age
  • Participants must be a current Skate Canada registrant.
  • Participants must have previously taken a minimum of one of the following courses and have an active NCCP status:
    • Figure Skating Pathway Entry: Completed the NCCP Instruction Stream – Beginner workshop (CanSkate) equivalent or higher
    • Hockey Pathway Entry: Completed the NCCP Community Sport Coach Stream workshop (Coach 1 – Intro to Coach or Coach 2 – Coach Level) equivalent or higher
    • Ringette Pathway Entry: Completed the NCCP Community Sport Coach Stream workshop (Community Sport-initiation) equivalent or higher

Training Requirements:

  • Complete the 2-day CanPowerSkate course successfully

Evaluation Requirements to obtain “CanPowerSkate Coach” Status:

  • Participants must possess the ability to demonstrate on-ice CanPowerSkate skills to obtain final credit for this training
  • Participants must successfully pass the CanPowerSkate coach’s exam
  • Participants must successfully pass the on-ice practice teaching lesson
  • Emergency Action Plan (EAP) if not already completed successfully in the Skate Canada, Hockey Canada, or Ringette Canada coaching workshops

Skate Canada Coach Registration:

  • Hold a valid First Aid certificate (every three years)
  • Complete the Make Ethical Decisions(MED) Online Evaluation: Competition Introduction module which is available at
  • Coaches 18 years of age or older must complete a criminal record check through BackCheck. Coaches who have not reached the age of 18 years at the time of registration will have one month from their 18th birthday to complete the screening.
  • Obtain a minimum of 5 CEP points on a two-year cycle

Please Note:

  • Skate Canada is discussing options with the Coaching Association of Canada in making the CanPowerSkate program an approved NCCP certification. In the meantime, Skate Canada does categorize this development as Club Coach in the revised NCCP-LTAD aligned model
  • To register for a CanPowerSkate Coach course, or for further information, please contact your Section Course Administrator and refer to the Section Course Calendar