Program Assistants

Meet Our CanSkate Program Assistants for the 2020-2021 season!

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Who are they? 

 

Have you ever seen one of our CanSkate sessions at the Mlacak arena and wondered who the skaters with the red jackets were? At March Kanata Skating Club, we are lucky to have our Program Assistants (PAs) to help our CanSkate coaches run all of our CanSkate programming smoothly.

 

Our PAs are most often current skaters at the club, but can also be former skaters, or even skaters from other sports such as hockey or ringette.

What qualifications do they have?

 

  • All of our Program Assistants (PAs) have been trained by a CanSkate coach to assist in the delivery of the CanSkate program.
  • This training is provided every year prior to the start of our CanSkate season
  • They must have a current Skate Canada membership
  • They must meet the club’s minimum qualification level (Program Assistant Qualifications 2021-2022)

What do they do?

 

Our PAs are demonstrators and helpers. They assist our certified CanSkate coaches deliver lessons in many ways, including but not limited to:

  • Assisting or leading warm-ups, group activities or cool-downs 
  • Assisting with the set-up of circuits and stations 
  • Leading circuits and rotations 
  • Demonstrating proper execution of skating skills 
  • Aiding skaters who may have additional needs 

 

This year, due to Covid restrictions, our PAs received intensive training on how they can provide modified support to our CanSkaters with an emphasis on physical distancing. After a successful training session, our PAs were eager to welcome our new and returning CanSkaters to the ice!