For those interested in general learn-to-skate lessons, before deciding if Figure Skating, Hockey, Ringette, Speed skating, or recreational skating is right for your skaters, our club offers the following programs: Pre-CanSkate, CanSkate, Advanced CanSkate, PowerSkating, Junior Development, Junior Star, STARSkate, CompetitiveSkate, Special Olympics, and Off Ice.
CanSkate (Stages 1 to 6)
Sunset Skating Club offers the Skate Canada designed Canskate program that is a great introduction to skating. It is an absolute must for anyone who hopes to enter the world of Figure Skating, Hockey, Ringette or just wants to learn a few skills. For skaters that have taken lessons elsewhere, or over 5 years old, Sunset offers the regular Canskate program. If your child is new to skating and is under 5 years old, you may want to enroll him/her into Canskate for Tots which provides him/her with more personal attention while being in a class with children of similar age.
Pre-CanSkate for Tots (2.5 – 5 yr olds)
The Tots program is designed for a more fun and relaxed introduction to skating for children under 5 years old. We recommend that skaters be able to stand up and balance on skates on the ice. A Tots class is run on every Canskate session.
Junior Development (JD) / Advanced CanSkate (AC); after canskate...
An introduction to figure skating in a group lesson setting. All skaters accepted into the JD program have been auditioned by one of the program coordinators and have shown talent, desire, and an interest in figure skating.
Jumps, spins, footwork and musicality will be developed through this twice per week program. Class sizes are kept smaller to allow for individual attention. Skaters must show their commitment by enrolling in the entire program, both on ice and off ice development (2 days a week).
Sunset Skating Club's JD coaching staff is one of the best in Vancouver. Nationally certified coaches with competitive experience will work with your child on a weekly basis to ensure they develop the necessary figure skating basics. Skating attire for Junior Development differs greatly from that of CanSkate. Girls are to arrive in a skating dress or skirt with their hair tied back or in a bun. Boys are to wear appropriate skating pants. NO loose clothing or heavy winter jackets. Helmets are NOT recommended or necessary at this level.
Junior Development (8 years old & Under)
Skaters in the Junior Development program are working towards the goal of transitioning into our higher level program, Junior Star Program, which will help skaters work toward test/competitive achievements.
Junior Development (8 years old & Over)
Skaters in Advance CanSkate are encouraged to pursue skating for recreational or competitive goals.