GroupSkate: This program is taught in a group format and the skaters are given supervision and instruction for the full hour working to develop fundamental figure skating skills. This program allows the skater to utilize club coaching as well as having the option to arrange additional private lessons with a freelance coach.

Regular sessions begin in October 5, 2015

Monday: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Friday: 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Plus Wednesday Groupskaters
Wednesday: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Head Coach for GroupSkate is Janelle Friesen.

GroupSkate runs Mondays and Fridays and provides instruction in a group setting for the entire hour.

GroupSkate plus Wednesday: You can add a Wednesday session for your groupskater but it will be a 10 – 15 minute private lesson with 45 minutes of individual practice time.


Skaters attending our sessions will have more fun and advance faster if they are properly and safely equipped. This means making sure that:

* Skates fit comfortably
* There is room for toes to wiggle slightly
* Heels do not lift inside the skate more than ¼ inch
* An adult finger can fit in the top of the boot when done up
* Excess laces are tucked or tied up so that they do not hang loose or drag on the ice


To protect the skate blades, skate guards should be worn in any area that is not protected by rubber mats. At the end of ever session the blades should be wiped with a dry cloth to prevent rusting. Skate sharpening should be done periodically.


Skaters should dress warmly for our sessions; however, some items such as long drawstrings, scarves, dangling coat belts, etc. can be a hazard on the ice and should be avoided if possible. Mittens or gloves must be worn during the session to keep skaters warm and safe.


A policy has been made by Skate Canada, that all skaters on or below stage 5 must wear a CSA certified hockey helmet on our sessions. When checking to see if your child has the correct helmet or you are at the store looking to purchase a new one, make sure it is NOT a CSA certified multi-purpose helmet. It must be a CSA certified hockey helmet.

We were also made aware that we can’t put “non approved” stickers on helmets. Adding these stickers to helmets may in fact contribute to the weakening of the helmets strength as the company cannot guarantee that the glue used for that particular sticker will not affect the resin in the plastic of the helmet. Coaches are advised to put stickers on name tags, skates, clothes or hands to avoid this issue. If your child has a CSA certified hockey helmet that has additional stickers on it, you may continue to use that helmet, but the Winkler Skating Club is not liable if something were to happen in regards to the helmet.

We will not be allowing any skaters on the ice who do not have a CSA certified hockey helmet.

If you have any questions, please let us know.