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*Program Alert*

The Chatham Skating Club has cancelled all skating programs due to the provincial arena closure in January 2022.
We look forward to being back on the ice with you as soon as we can.


New Announcements for Skating Families

Winter Program Registration is now open!

Winter Session will begin on January 3, 2022 and run until March 25, 2022.  Session/Program times will remain the same as the Fall.

Additional No-Skate Days have been confirmed. Please check the section below for the complete list.


Revised COVID-19 Protocol

The Chatham Kent Public Health Unit has issued a revised COVID-19 Protocol. Here's what it means for you and your family:

As of November 30, anyone 12 years of age and older, who is coming to the arena (for any reason) must show identification and proof of two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine plus 14 days (following the second dose).

Valid medical exemptions will continue to be honoured.

Here is a link to the CKPHU letter:


Anyone with questions about the policy should contact the CKPHU at:

Thank you for your support of the club and for following the municipality's mandated regulations.


Program Information

Our ice time is at Thames Campus Arena – 999 Grand Ave. W. Chatham, ON

The PreCanSkate Program is a learn to skate program for children 3-5 years of age.  Lessons are 30 minutes long.  When your child completes all the skills in the PreCanSkate program they then move on to the CanSkate program.  Skaters are able to move up to CanSkate mid-session.  They do not have to wait until the next skating session starts.  If your child moves up in the middle of the session you will be charged an additional fee as CanSkate lessons are 30 minutes longer. 

The CanSkate Program is a learn to skate program for children 6 years and older.  This program is for new and returning skaters.  Skaters do not have to complete PreCanSkate to register in CanSkate.  Lessons are 60 minutes long.  Skaters progress through multiple levels at their own pace and are able to move from one level to the next during the current session.  There is no need to wait for the next session to start a new level.

Equipment needed for PreCanSkate and CanSkate includes a pair of skates (hockey or figure skates), CSA-certified hockey helmet (cage is not required but recommended for young skaters new to skating), warm but loose clothing that is easy to move in, and mittens or gloves.

The CanPowerSkate Program is an instructional power skating program geared to hockey and ringette players.  This program focuses on balance, control, and agility skills including components of power and speed.  Skaters may be any age but must have skating experience that equates to Stage 4 or higher in CanSkate.  Skaters must have hockey skates, gloves, a stick, and a CSA-certified hockey helmet.  Full equipment is optional.


Parents/ Guardians of PreCanSkate, CanSkate, and CanPowerSkate children are required to remain at the arena during lessons.

Parents / Guardians do not go on the ice with their child.

If you are unsure which program to register your child in, or if you have any questions, please contact Jennifer at


Families new to the Chatham Skating Club can use this link to get started on their sign-up:

member Account Set-up


COVID-19 Steps 

The Chatham Skating Club follows a number of COVID-19 safety protocols from Skate Ontario, Skate Canada, and the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.

To view our existing plan, click on the button below.

COVID-19 Plan

This video from Skate Canada illustrates ways in which skating clubs are implementing COVID-19 safety protocols.






The Chatham Skating Club has developed plans for a return to skating this fall, in conjunction with the municipality of Chatham-Kent and the Medical Officer of Health.

Guidance has also been received from Skate Ontario, whose information is available through the link below.

Skate Ontario COVID Info Centre



New Registration Process

This year, an online registration process will be in place for Chatham Skating Club families.

Visa and Mastercard will be the preferred method of payment.

See the link above for opening a member account to register for the season.


Key Policies for Parents

A number of key policies are in place to support the safe participation of all skaters.  These include policies related to COVID-19 and Rowan's Law - concussion protocol.

When registering a skater, parents will need to review the expectations and check a box for each policy to indicate their awareness.

President's Message


On behalf of the Chatham Skating Club Board of Directors and Coaches, I'd like to extend a warm welcome to our new and returning skaters for a fun 2021 - 2022 season!

William Lindsay, 


Program Overview


Pre-CanSkate Program

For our youngest and newest skaters to learn basic skills as a foundation to build on.

The Pre-CanSkate program is for children 3 - 5 years of age. Classes are 30 minutes in length.

CanSkate Program

Strengthening essential skills, while developing co-ordination, agility, and other elements key to being a strong skater.

The CanSkate program is for children 5 years and older.  Classes are 60 minutes in length.

STARSkate Program

For our CanSkate graduates who want to enhance their skating skills in artistic ways as they progress through levels of development or embrace the challenges of skating competition.


CanPowerSkate Program

An instructional power skating program for hockey and ringette players. See Program page for details.

Exciting news – CanSkate now even better!

Skate Canada has developed a new CanSkate program based on Sport Canada’s long-term athlete development (LTAD) principles. Exciting new features include a fresh new look, new awards, great tools for coaches and most importantly a tested and proven new curriculum and delivery methods that guarantee skater success in developing stronger basic skills and developing them faster.

But there’s more! The new program also includes specific skills that pertain to hockey, ringette, speed skating and figure skating. The result is a dynamic new program that prepares all skaters for virtually every ice sport.

Skate Canada is also proud to have all its programs taught by professional coaches who are specially trained and certified through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).


      Click on this link for details about each of the programs offered:  Programs                   

      Click on this link to meet our coaches:  Coaches

No Skating Days


Skating will not be held on the following days this year:

December 31 - New Year's Eve

January 1 - New Year's Day

February 21

March 26

There may be a need to cancel certain weekend dates if hockey tournaments are added to the arena schedule.  We will notify families if this occurs.


Volunteers are the heart of the Chatham Skating Club.  Whether it's taking tickets or helping to decorate for a special event, welcoming families at the CanSkate table, or serving as a member of the Board of Directors, the efforts of one-time volunteers and many-time volunteers combine to make things happen in the best ways possible for all of our skaters. Families of StarSkaters, who pay an annual $75.00 activity fee, will be interested in knowing that this amount can be reduced through volunteer hours. (For the 2021-2022 skating season, the $75.00 activity fee is being waived.)

One area of specialty for volunteers is that of the Program Assistant. Program Assistants are experienced skaters who provide help to younger skaters in the Pre-CanSkate and CanSkate programs. If you have an experienced skater in your family who would like to be a Program Assistant, click the link below for more information.

If you would like more information about how you can be a part of creating enjoyment and success for everyone, we invite you to email the club (, speak with a board member,  or check in at the CanSkate table when you are able.  Your involvement will make a difference.

Program assistant info


Booster Club

Parents are welcome and encouraged to join the Booster Club.  The Booster club provides an opportunity for parents to help subsidize a portion of their child’s skating costs by way of Skater Bursaries.  Members work bingos and participate in fundraising activities.   The funds raised through these activities are shared between the Chatham Skating club and the Booster Club members by way of Skater Bursaries.  If you would like to join or more information please contact Karen Andari at

Thank you to Riverview Gaming Center for supporting Chatham Skating Club skaters.



Private Instruction for Skaters

There are many benefits available to skaters through private skating instruction as offered by certified Skate Canada professional coaches.  If you are considering private instruction for your skater, there is additional information available through the link below.

Learn More link