CanSkate Frequently Asked Question
Do I have to buy the skates and helmet or are they available for rent?
All participants must provide their own equipment. Required equipment includes skates (figure, hockey, or recreational) and helmets. We prefer lace up skates.
Does my skater need a helmet if they can already skate?
Yes. For insurance purposes and safety considerations, all skaters must wear a CSA approved hockey helmet until the completion of stage 5.
If I forget a helmet, are there helmets available that my skater can borrow?
NO. Unfortunately we do not have any helmets available to borrow.
What else might we need?
Remember it is cold in the arena so your child will need mitts, ski pants, and layers of clothing. Winter jackets are not preferred.
I've never registered with PHFSC before. How do I create an account?
Click on the login button in the top right corner of the webpage. The right hand side of the page will say "First Time Registering with PHFSC?”. Fill in the form and follow the instructions for registration.
Why do I need to complete my registration within a limited time period?
Registration spots for all of our programs are limited. To ensure that your spot is saved during the registration process and that all users have an equal opportunity to register for programs, you must confirm your registration with payment by credit card.
I am having troubles registering. Who can I contact for help?
Thank you again for your patience as we transition to this new system. Any inquiries regarding registration can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Suitability of the Program:
My child is interested in hockey or ringette. Is this program geared only to figure skaters?
No. This program provides a solid background for all ice sports, such as hockey, ringette, figure skating and speed skating.
Does my child have to have previous skating experience before signing up for the program?
No. This program is suitable for new skaters, as well as those with some experience.
My children have very different levels of skating experience. Can they all register for the same session?
Different levels of CanSkate are taught on the same session, so family members with different skating abilities can sign up for the same session and will be placed in different groups.
Is the CanSkate program sufficiently advanced for my skater’s skills?
By the time they complete CanSkate, skaters should have several skating skills, some of which are listed here: fast forward and backward perimeter stroking, forward and backward crosscuts, side stops with speed, turns, basic spins, and jumps.
If I am sure that my skater is too advanced for the CanSkate level, what are his/her options with your club?
Skaters who our coaches have assessed as being too advanced for the CanSkate program will have the option of either going up to the Intro to StarSkate group program (figure skating)
If there are no spaces left in a class, do I have to pay to have my child’s name put on a waitlist?
How do I put my child’s name on the waitlist?
If a class if full, instead of a "Register" button beside the session, there will be a "Waitlist" button. When you should click that button, the site will allow you to add a child from your profile to the waitlist. Once a position has become available, you will be notified by email that a position is available. You can then log into the website and either register your child or remove them from the waitlist to allow the next person on the list to take their spot. Once the position is offered, there will be a limited time to complete the registration.
Can I find out where my child’s name is on the waitlist?
If you log into the website and click on "My Account" on the top right hand corner, you can then select "My Waitlist" from the submenu on the left hand side. This list will display each of the programs and children who are on the waitlist for each individual program along with their position on the list.
Can my skater just sign up for private lessons without taking part in any group lessons?
No. We do not offer “private lesson only” CanSkate sessions
Can I drop my child off for classes and leave the arena?
No. A parent or other responsible adult must be available in the rink or in the lobby area during the class.
Can I stand on the ice with my child if he/she is uncomfortable?
No. For insurance purposes, only Skate Canada members are allowed on the ice.
What can I do to help my child's confidence on the ice?
We recommend putting your child's skates on at home and have them practice walking around on the carpet. Also have them practicing getting up from the floor and down on their hands and knees. These are just suggestions to make your skaters first experience with skating a positive one.
Am I required to volunteer?
Volunteering is not required by the Port Hope Figure Skating Club, but we are always looking for volunteers.