Lakeside Figure Skating club gears up for another season

Callie Hermanson
Lakeside Leader

The Lakeside Figure Skating Club is back on ice for another winter skating season.

Skating club coach Jennifer Dierker says the club offers PreCanSkate, CanSkate, Figure Skating, AdultSkate, and PreCanPower programs.  She says every Skate Canada skating program complements the others and allows for unrestricted movement and development through the system.
Dierker explains all programs are taught by professional coaches certified through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). She says Skate Canada programs are based on a long-term athlete development model (LTAD).

Dierker adds Skate Canada’s LTAD model is designed to assist coaches, parents, volunteers, and administrators create an environment that allows skaters to fully develop and reach their potential in the sport.

PreCanSkate & CanSkate are Skate Canada’s flagship learn-to-skate programs for beginners of any age.

Dierker says CanSkate centres on physical knowledge and the fundamental skills needed to take part in any ice sport or to skate as a recreational activity.

A complete series of balance, control, and agility skills are taught in six stages of learning that pertain to hockey, ringette, speed skating and figure skating as well as general recreational skating. She says lessons are given in a group format with a coach-to-student ratio of a maximum 1:10. Skaters progress at their own rate and coaches make sessions active using teaching aids, upbeat music and a wide variety of activities that create a motivational environment and promote learning.

Dierker mentions badges, ribbons, and other incentives are used to benchmark skaters’ progress and reward effort and participation.

“It is a lot of action, movement and fun.”

PreCanSkate runs Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

CanSkate runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

STARSkate offers opportunities for skaters of all ages to develop fundamental figure skating skills in the areas of ice dance, skating skills, free skate, and interpretive skating.

Dierker explains that this program is unique in Canada and teaches figure skating skills in a group and/or private lesson format in a progressive and sequential manner and includes specifically designed awards and incentives.

Dierker adds skaters have the opportunity to take Skate Canada tests through a nationally standardized testing system.

“There is an opportunity for personal growth and the development of important life skills such as goal-setting, self-discipline, confidence, time management, healthy lifestyle and coping strategies to deal with success and failure.”

She says STARSkate has been the mainstay of figure skating in Canada for more than four decades.

Ice time is available Monday to Thursday beginning at 4:00 p.m.

AdultSkate offers CanSkate, STARSkate and CanPowerSkate programs geared for adults. It runs Mondays and Wednesdays 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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. Dierker says CanPowerSkate provides an alternative to figure skating and is an excellent complement for those athletes playing on hockey or ringette teams.

Dierker says its unique skill award program provides incentives and motivation for skaters to continue to achieve. She says CanPowerSkate is geared to skaters aged approximately six or older who already have basic forward and backward skating skills and are able to stop on command without the 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.

Dierker says 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. She explains 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.

“Unfortuately. CanPower and PreCanPower are currently not offered for the fall session,” Dierker says.

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