What to Expect from Intermediate Skate Programs Offered Over Various Clubs

Skaters joining the Club at the Intermediate level have completed the Junior program and are proficient in the basics of figure skating.

Intermediate skaters are expected to act as Program Assistants during some Junior, CanSkate and Pre-CanSkate sessions. This is a fun and responsible role. The time spent “PA’ing” can be used to reduce registration fees for the next year or can be used for High School community service hours.

The Lessons

Intermediate sessions are approximately one hour in length. The hour is spent in a group warm-up; skills training sessions for smaller groups of skaters and open practice time. Private coaching is a real requirement at this level. Private coaching is conducted during the skaters open pratice time.

Intermediate level skaters skate at least twice a week.

What You Can Learn

Group sessions are designed to deliver the basic components of the Intermediate level program. Private coaching is relied upon to prepare skaters to pass formal tests by evaluators. In general, you or your skater will learn:

-Intermediate level skills;
-Intermediate level dances;
-Intermediate level free skate routine;
-Introduction to Senior level skills.

Testing

Intermediate level skaters are evaluated by representatives on formal test days.

Testing is arranged in conjunction with your coach and the Club’s Test Chair-person. A small registration fee is charged at registration time.

Private Coaching

Private coaching (at least once per week) is required for all Intermediate skaters. Private coaching is available for a fee and is arranged between yourself and one of our coaches.

Within the Intermediate program, private coaching emphasizes skills (which are formally evaluated by your coach); dance; and free skate.