CANSkate program assistant Mallory Pinske (right) helps a skater.

Nelson Skating Club hosts open house

With their open house behind them, CANSkate is open for new and developing skaters starting Monday, Oct. 5.

Nelson Skating Club hosted its first open house Saturday, with a skate swap, CANSkate demonstration and fun for all ages.

The open house was an invitation to anyone in the community to come try out Skate Canada’s learn to skate program, CANSkate, for 30 minutes, followed by 30 minutes of free skating time.

“We had a nice surprise for the CANSkate demonstration, in that a large number of foreign exchange students came to participate, as well as some younger children,” said coach Sarah Gower.

“Even though the CANSkate program is geared for primary school-aged skaters, these teenagers had a lot of fun and learned some skills in the 30 minutes of instruction they received.”

CANSkate for new and developing skaters will be offered starting Monday, Oct. 5. CANSkate runs on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:15 to 4 p.m. in the complex, with classes running October to March.

The classes are suitable for skaters ages four and up, with no previous on-ice experience necessary.  Parents do not come on the ice with the skaters, as the Club uses trained volunteers to get the little ones skating.  Go to to download a registration form for CANSkate.

The Nelson Skating Club is a non-profit society run by volunteers, dedicated to developing skaters for every sport including hockey, ringette, speed skating and figure skating.

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