Senior Program (Group 1)
Group 1 (Senior) skaters must meet specific criteria to skate during senior ice time. Test qualifications change annually. With the level of skating constantly on the move in the Saint John Skating Club these criteria are addressed yearly and may be modified at any time. If you are not sure of the current year's criteria please inquire. The 2016/17 criteria is that skaters must have passed 1 complete preliminary test and 1/2 of Preliminary free. Lessons for Group 1 skaters are predominantly private. Each coach has different methods of how they coach. Check with your base coach for more information. High level test days are held twice a year for Group 1.
With our ever growing CanSkate Program we are always in need of Program Assistants (PAs). It is expected that all Group 3 (Junior), Group 2 (Intermediate) and Group 1 (Senior) skaters volunteer some time each week to assist with the development of our future Group 3, 2 and 1 skaters. To become a senior PA you must be 12 years old and have a firm grasp of the skills in the CanSkate program. A Group 3 PA is 10 or 11 years of age and they assist the Group 1 PAs and coaches. Our CanSkate coach will be doing training sessions at the beginning of the season. Please watch for the times and dates. Even one hour a week is not gone unnoticed.
How Much Does It Cost?
Please see the Registration form for details. Private lessons, test fees, costs for solo music, and competition fees are not covered within the registration fee.
Private lessons: Private lessons (at your own request and discretion) can be paid for by purchasing a lesson card.
Test fees: $10 per test, $5 per test session. There are a maximum of 4 test sessions per year.
Competition fees: Entry fee (usually around $30 per event), travel costs, and coaching costs. Coaching costs depend upon the number of coaches going to the competition, and are divided among the number of skaters competing in the event. It includes guidance for competition registration, event venue, schedule, and rink side coaching. The cost covers lost private lessons and travel expenses.
When and Where Is the Senior Program Offered?
Please refer to the Ice Schedule for ice times and locations.