Signing up for CanSkate? Participants are required to be Kindergarten age and are able to get on/off the ice, and get up if they fall down themselves before they can participate in the CanSkate Program
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When does the skating season start and end?
A: Typically, the season runs from the end of September to the end of March.
Q: Do I have to register for the entire season?
A: Yes. Skating programs cover the entire skating season.
Q: What is the Carnival about?
A: The Carnival is a celebration of the hard work the skaters have done throughout the season. It takes place at the end of March. All skaters take part in a program, donning costumes, and skating to music.
Q: Where is the club mailbox?
A: The club has a mailbox located on the lower level of the arena across from the arena office.
Q: Does the club have a bulletin board where I can find information about what is going on?
A: Yes, there are two. One is located on the lower level near the arena office and the other is located in the entrance hall as you enter the arena. The best source of information will be our Website and Facebook which is updated regularly.
Q: What are the fees?
A: Fees for the season can be found under ONLINE REGISTRATION. All CanSkate programs cover ice and coaching fees. The StarSkate program has additional private and/or semi-private lesson fees determined by the your coach.
Q: Is there a volunteer commitment to the club during the season?
A: Yes. A $500 bond cheque is required at the first skating lesson. Should you fulfil your volunteer commitment during the season, your bond cheque will be destroyed. If not, your bond cheque will be cashed. Volunteer opportunities include The Year End Carnival and the Competition.
Q: Does my child need to wear a helmet?
A: All CanSkaters must wear a helmet up to and including level 5. Once they have passed level 5 they have the option of skating without a helmet.
Q: When do private lessons start?
A: Private lessons generally begin when your child enters the StarSkate group. Additional costs are associated with private lessons.
Q: Can I get on the ice surface to be with my child?
A: No. Parents cannot participate on the ice for liability reasons. The Skate Canada fee includes insurance while your child is on the ice.
New for the 2020-2021 season
Q: What is the minimum age that I can register my child in the OFSC?
A: New this year: new registrants must be 5 before January 1, 2021. Returning members must have passed pre-canskate and may register for canskate regardless of age.
Q: Do we have to wear masks?
A: Everyone is encouraged to wear masks when entering the facility and dressing rooms but participants do not have to wear masks on the ice. Coaches and PAs must wear masks on the ice.
Q: Can parents watch during the class?
A: At this time only one parent is allowed to accompany a participant in the sportsplex. They may watch as long as they follow all posted signage and observe physical distancing.
No siblings or extra parents are permitted at this time. The observation room overlooking the auxiliary ice will not be open.