WEST CARLETON – Navigating through the ever-changing COVID-19 safety protocols in a challenging proposition, but the West Carleton Skating Club (WCSC) has come up with a safe return-to-play plan and is offering three programs for West Carleton skaters.

“We are pleased to announce we are now open for the 2020-2021 season registration,” the WCSC executive released in a statement Oct. 7.

The WCSC will be offering CanSkate, PowerSkate and StarSkate programs this winter.

“The Skate Ontario Return to Play protocol does not permit clubs in Ontario to offer a Pre-CanSkate program, at this time,” the WCSC said. “CanSkate programs may be offered based on certain criteria including among others, ‘there will be no hands-on assistance as the coaches must maintain a distance of two meters from skaters at all times when in the rink.’ Hands on coaching is prohibited.”

The WCSC has decided to introduce a new program to replace the Pre-CanSkate program.

“We value all of our skaters, including our younger skaters,” the board said. “We are pleased to announce this season we will be offering a new program to replace the Pre-CanSkate, which will be the Parent and Tot program. Stay tuned for more information. Thank you for your continued support and we will continue to keep everyone updated.”

Details on the three programs the WCSC is offering this year
  • CanSkate: A learn-to-skate program that focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development.
  • PowerSkate: An action-packed, high-energy instructional program geared to hockey and ringette skaters that focuses on balance, power, agility, speed and endurance.
  • StarSkate: A program for skaters of all ages to develop fundamental figure skating skills in the areas of free skate, ice dance, skating skills, and artistic skating.

The WCSC a not-for-profit organization run by volunteers in the Village of Carp, skating at the W. Erskine Johnston Arena.

“Visit us at www.wcskatingclub.ca for COVID-19 protocols in place and registration details,” the WCSC said.