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Program Announcements

CanSkate Registration is now open. Please follow the instructions below

under the CanSkate Account Set-up Button.


Hello CanSkate Families,

Due to COVID-19 updated protocols which were issued by Skate Ontario, we can only welcome back those skaters who have passed CanSkate Stage 1 or equivalent (they are working on CanSkate Stage 2 or above.) Skaters must be able to get up on their own and manoeuvre without hands-on assistance. Currently, in an effort to protect our coaches and skaters, CSC COVID-19 policies (see below) are strictly following physical distancing requirements from Public Health. Therefore, coaches are NOT able to physically assist skaters in any manner, including helping children/skaters up after they have fallen down. Please review the Stage 1 qualifications below to determine if your child/skater is eligible for Winter 2021 CanSkate Programs.
Skaters MUST be able to do the following:
- Get up on their own (after falling down)
- Forward push/glide sequence
- Forward 2-foot glide
- Forward 2-foot sit glide
- Backward 2-foot skating/walking
- Backward 2-foot glide
- 2-foot turn
- 2-foot jump
If you determine that your child/skater can do most of these skills and is able to get up on their own from the ice, then please go ahead and register. Please note that if the coach determines your child cannot get up on their own without requiring the coach to physically assist your child, then your child may need to be removed from the program in order to protect the health and safety of both the coach and the child. This decision will be made by the coach during or after the first session on the ice. If your child cannot complete the program, CSC will credit your account for the remaining sessions. The $45 Skate Canada Fee is non-refundable. Also, there is an annual $10 Administration Fee that will be charged to your account that is non-refundable.
*Stage 1 qualifications come from Skate Canada's Report Cards. They are not determined by CSC.
***Note - Only one parent or guardian is allowed into the arena with the child/skater. No other children are allowed to attend as spectators. Parents/guardians must remain in the stands at a safe physical distance from one another and must wear a mask at all times.***
***Note - There must be a minimum of 20 skaters registered for the session or the program will not run.***


Chatham Skating Club Board of Directors 2020/2021

CanSkate Account Set-up

Instructions for Registering:
If you have created a member account on our new registration system, you may now put your child's name on a waitlist for Canskate sessions. To do this, please login to your account and then click on Registration > Canskate. You will see two programs, each with a "Join Waitlist" button. Click the join waitlist button for the class you are interested in and confirm the name of the skater you wish to add to the waitlist. Ignore the statements that say the program is full. Once we have the minimum number of eligible skaters on the waitlist we will send further instructions, via email, on how to register.


STARSkate: We are excited to announce that StarSkate classes are beginning the week of October 13, 2020 at Memorial Arena.

STARSkate Schedule - CSC StarSkate SKATING SCHEDULE Oct.13-Jan.2 .pdf

Pre-CanSkate: Due to COVID-19 protocols issued by Skate Ontario, our club is not able to run Pre-Canskate Programs this year.


Skating News

The Chatham Skating Club is putting a number of COVID-19 safety protocols in place in preparation for the season. 

To view the plan, click on this button.

COVID-19 Plan

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





The Chatham Skating Club is continuing to develop plans for a return to skating, in conjunction with the municipality of Chatham-Kent and the Medical Officer of Health, along with guidance from Skate Ontario and Skate Canada.

Skate Ontario's Plan

Skate Ontario's Protocol

Skate Canada's FAQ's


New Registration Process

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

A number of payment alternatives are possible with this new approach.

See the instructions 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.

Cheryl Ross

CSC President

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 2020 - 2021 season!

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.


Adult Skate Program

For adult skaters who are new to the sport, or have skated, but are looking to strengthen their skills and grow their enjoyment of the sport.

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:

Monday, October 12, 2020 - Thanksgiving

Friday, December 25, 2020 - Christmas

Saturday, December 26, 2020 - Boxing Day

Friday, January 1, 2021 - New Year's Day

Monday, February 15, 2021 - Family Day

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 2020-2021 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


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