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Lessons are taught by Skate Canada Certified Professional Coaches. Kitsilano Figure Skating Club offers group skating lessons at the CanSkate, PreSTAR, and STARSkate Development levels. Individual lessons are available to skaters who have completed the Star Development program.


We have 4 sessions per year:

  • Fall (September - December)

  • Winter (January - March)

  • Spring (April - June)

  • Summer (July - August)

Ice time at Kitsilano FSC is allocated to contain CanSkate, PreSTAR and STARSkate Development, and STARSkate session times.  Adults are welcome on sessions appropriate for skill level. 

Head Coach approval is REQUIRED for registration in PreSTAR, STARSkate Development, and STARSkate levels. 


Semi-private and private lessons are offered on STARSkate 2+ sessions.  All other sessions are coached in group lesson format.

Please note that Skate Canada requires a Skate Canada Certified Coach be present at all figure skating club ice times. You may not go on the ice without a Skate Canada Certified Coach present. 


Remain on-site at the rink for the duration of each lesson. Children cannot be unattended at the rink. If you need to leave, you MUST provide another adult to be responsible for your child. As with any sport, there is always a risk of injury. It is imperative that a responsible guardian be present at all times in case of an emergency.


CanSkate is Skate Canada's flagship learn-to-skate program, designed for beginners of all ages. When you sign up for CanSkate you will be in a program that focuses on fun, participation, and basic skill development. Lessons are given in a group format and led by our NCCP certified professional coaches, accompanied by trained Program Assistants. Coaches make sessions active using teaching aids, music, and a wide variety of activities that create a fun environment and promote learning. CanSkate is the feeder program to all other Skate Canada Skating Programs. Will result in completion of Pre-CanSkate through CanSkate Stage 6.



In the PreSTAR Program, skaters learn advanced CanSkate skills and are introduced to stroking, edgework, and turning. The PreSTAR Program consists of 1– 4 days/week of on ice and off ice group lessons. Entrance is by coach recommendation or invitation. 

Required Criteria prior to registration: CanSkate Stages 5 + 6


STARSkate Development + STARSkate 1

Skills, Tests, Achievement, Recognition – this is what STARSkate is all about! 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. Unique in Canada, this program teaches figure skating skills in a group and/or private lesson format in a progressive and sequential manner that includes specifically designed awards and incentives. Skaters have the opportunity to take Skate Canada Tests through a nationally standardized testing system, and to participate in competitions.

The STARSkate Development Program should consist of 2–4 days/week of on ice and off ice group lessons. In the STARSkate Development Program, skaters finish any remaining CanSkate skills and begin working on the Skate Canada STARSkate Program in a group environment. Here they prepare Star 1 skills with a goal of attending their first Star 1 event at a local Skate Canada sanctioned competition.


Star 1 skills include: stroking, spinning, jumping, spirals, and a one minute improvised routine skated to a pre-chosen piece of music. Entrance is by coach recommendation or invitation.


Required Criteria prior to registration: CanSkate Stage 6, Beginners understanding of STAR 1, Pre-Test/Competitive - Encouraged to participate in a STAR 1 competition.


STARSkate 2+ and Competitive

STARSkaters may wish to progress to the Skate Canada Competitive Program. STARSkate sessions are offered at several skills levels (Junior, Intermediate, and Senior). STARSkaters and Competitive Skaters may engage a Skate Canada Certified Professional Coach to teach private lessons on our Open and Freeskate ice. Ice time fees are paid to the Club, whilst private lesson fees are paid to the Coach.

STARSkate 2+ is broken up into the following ice time sessions:

Spins - Practising only spins for the designated time period to eliminate the interference of jumps, solo practice or other skating activity happening. This allows skaters to focus on spin practice.

Skills/Dance -  Time allocated to Skate Canada Skills and Dance testing material.  Skills are sets of turns and edges performed on patterns or semi-circles and also includes stroking patterns.  Stroking is mainly patterns of basic skating skills that can incorporate turns and edges. Dance refers to ice dances, such as Dutch Waltz, Canasta Tango, Baby Blues, etc.  All STARSkate testing can be seen on the Skate Canada website.

Enrichment -  More in depth work on various aspects of skating not usually focused upon during other sessions and not necessarily Skate Canada specified for testing.  Can include stroking technique and exercises, edge and turn exercises, creative exercises, and field moves (spiral, spread eagle, ina bauer, etc.)


Required Criteria prior to registration: Passed STAR 1, continuing with Skate Canada STARSkate testing and STAR level competition.


Adult Skater

We have an active group of adult members at all levels. If you are an adult who wants to learn to skate, or an experienced adult skater, we have programs and ice available. Please see our STARSkate, Competitive, and Adult registration form on our Registration page, or contact the office for more details at


Off Ice Training

Off-ice training is essential for all Skate Canada members from PreSTAR to the elite athletes competing at the Olympics. Incorporating fitness training into a club’s PreSTAR and STARSkate program ensures that Canadian children are getting the appropriate level of physical activity, as outlined in Health Canada’s “Guide to Physical Activity for Youth”. It also ensures that young figure skaters recognize that off-ice training is part of training for our sport. Incorporating regular off-ice training into an athlete’s annual training plan will help ensure that our members are doing all they can to achieve their own level of personal excellence in whatever Skate Canada program they are enrolled.


As the athlete develops, training will become more specific and include the following areas:

  • Core Stability, Strength Training, Functional Movement

  • Aerobic and Anaerobic Training

  • Flexibility Training

  • Creative Movement / Dance Movement

  • Nutrition

  • Mental Training

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