Program assistants are an important component to any successful CanSkate program.

The role of the program assistant (PA) will vary depending on the unique needs and dynamics of a club but all duties involve assisting the Skate Canada coach in the delivery of the program.

The responsibilities of a PA may include:

• Assist the Skate Canada coach in delivering the program on‐ice and off‐ice

• Demonstrate skills and teaching progressions

• Supervise practice sessions

• Lead warm‐ups and cool‐downs under the direction of the Skate Canada coach

• Reinforce learned skills (follow‐up on coach instruction)

• Lead circuits, drills, group activities

• Distribute awards (stickers, badges, etc.)

• Take attendance

• Be a role model for young skaters