1. At what age can my child can start the Canskate Program?

Answer: In general, most children start at age 3. However, the club accepts children at 2 ½ years old if they accept to go on the ice without their parents and are able to follow a group.

2. Does the parent go on the ice with the child?

Answer: No, the parents are not allowed to go on the ice with their child due to safety and liability issues. 

3. How can I register my child for the Preschool / Canskate programs?

Answer: Registrations are online through our website. Create a member’s account under the parent’s name and add a participant (your child). Select a program for your child. If you do not know the appropriate program for your child, see question #10. Payments are accepted by credit card only. For all questions, contact us: info@dieppegoldblades.com.

4. What equipment does my child require to follow the Preschool/Canskate program?

Answer: Your child will require a CSA approved helmet. The visor or helmet cage is not mandatory however we recommend it for the beginners. Dressed your child with warm clothes without to much bulkiness. Snowsuits are usually to bulky. A nylon splash pant type, warm weather and jacket and good mittens are recommended. The skates (hockey/ringette or figure skates) are of your choice.

5. At what time do skaters start wearing a skating dress?

Answer: In general, starting at level 5 or 6 of the Canskate program, some of the girls wear a skating dress, but this is not mandatory. The dress is mandatory starting at the Junior level during test days and competitions. For the practices, starting at the junior level, straight leggings are recommended to avoid getting the bottom of the pants caught by the blades.

6. What is the cost?

Answer: See our website in the ‘Registration’ section. www.dieppegoldblades.com

7. What is the schedule for the Preschool / Canskate programs?

Answer: See our website in the ‘Schedule’ section. www.dieppegoldblades.com

8. If my child does not like skating, can I get a refund?

Answer: The Preschool and Canskate I & II skaters may withdraw from the session after a trial of the two first courses and get a 100% refund. Some fees will apply for a withdraw starting at the third course of a session.

For the Junior to Senior-elite groups, there are no refunds except for unusual circonstances. Send request to the board.

In case of injury, consult the Injury Refund Policy on our website. 

9. What is the child/coach ration on the ice?

Answer: The ratio is 10 skaters for one professional/assistant coach. Our coaches are professionals certified by Skate Canada. We also have higher level skaters who are Program Assistants to help out and ensure a better program execution.

10. In which group should I register my child?

Answer: Preschool group for any 5 year old and under who has never skated. Canskate I for 6 years old and up who has never skated. Canskate I for skaters who are able to skate a bit (get back up after a fall and can advance a bit on the ice). Canskate I for skaters who have already skated with our program and are level 1 or 2. Canskate II for skaters who have already skated with our program and are level 3-6. Coaches will evaluate all new skaters and place them in the proper group. For all questions: info@dieppegoldblades.com

11. How can we find out if skating is cancelled due to a snowstorm?

Answer: See the Cancellation Info page on the City of Dieppe website: Cancellation Info – Dieppe

If the arena is open, our skating sessions will be offered. Please drive safely!