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CanSkate - Planned start date: January 2021. Stay tuned!


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 and includes specifically designed awards and incentives. Skaters have the opportunity to take Skate Canada Assessments through a nationally standardized assessment system. Skaters who have mastered figure skating skills in STARSkate may also choose to pursue synchronized skating or pairs skating.

CompetitiveSkate  offers opportunities for skaters who show potential as competitive skaters. CompetitiveSkate is a program for skaters in singles, pair and ice dance wishing to compete in qualifying events within Skate Canada.





Is skating experience required to register for the STAR Group program?

Yes, skaters must have completed the CanSkate program (or equivalent) to participate in the Star Group program.

The STAR Group program is the entry level of the STARSkate program. Skaters in this program are at the STAR 1/STAR 2 level.

What do the STAR Group program registration fees cover?

The STAR Group program is an 50 minute session. All 50 minutes are coach-led group lessons.

The registration fees cover the coaching fees for the group lessons and the ice time. 

Is a private coach required for the STAR Group program?

No, you do not need a private coach in the STARGroup program. However, adding private lessons can benefit your skater and increase their progress. 

Why private lessons?

Private lessons provide the skaters with more one on one attention allowing for lessons to be focused on the specific skills they need to improve and helps increase the rate of progress.

Private, Semi-Private or Small Group Private lessons are being offered during all our STAR Group sessions. Private lessons are usually sold in 10-15-minute time slots.

How do I get a private coach for my skater?

Choosing a coach can seem like a daunting task at first but it can be made easier with the following tips:

1. Does your skater already enjoy working with one of the Future Stars group coaches in particular?
2. Watch a few sessions and see how the coaches interact with their skaters to see what style might best fit your skater
3. We also offer free trial lessons where skaters can try out private lessons with one or more of the available coaches to see what the best fit for you and your skater.

How do I set up a free trial private lesson for my skater?

To set up trial lessons please contact the Rideau SC Coaching Team at to make the arrangements.

How much do private lessons cost and how do I pay?

Coaching rates vary depending the coaches experience and certification. Charges for a 10-minute lesson will range from $6.00-$9.00 depending on the coach you choose to work with. The rates are based on the experience and certification level of the coach. Private lesson fees are invoiced directly to you by the coach you are working with usually bi-weekly or monthly depending on the coach’s preference.

Please note coach availability also varies so you will want to check with the coach you choose to confirm they have lesson time available at your preferred session.

How many times a week should my skater be skating?

STAR Group skaters should be skating 1-2 times per week.

The above recommendations will aid each skater to develop at their fastest rate possible. Skating additional days per week or extending your skating season allows skaters to absorb their lesson content and apply it sooner resulting in better retention and increased rate of improvement. 

How does the STAR Group program differ from the Future Stars program?

The STAR Group program is the entry level to the STARSkate program. Skaters will have the benefit of group lessons as well as having time to work on their own. Skaters can transition between a fully coach-led group program (Future Stars) and the STAR 1 to 5 program where they work on their own and/or with a coach in a private lesson format.

Both the Future Stars program and the STAR Group program have a 50 minutes of coach-led group lessons.

The STAR Group program focuses on the learning and development of the STAR 1 and STAR 2 level skating elements - freeskate, ice dance, skills, and synchronized skating.