About Us

Aim Above is a Professional Skating School that specializes in teaching overall skating and focuses on figure skating and hockey power-skating skills at a skating arena near you. We teach at outdoor and indoor skating rinks in Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Scarborough, Toronto, Mississauga and East York arenas all over the Greater Toronto Area. Whether you're a child, teenager or adult, it's never too late to learn how to skate and there's always room for improvement. 

Aim Above's Learn 2 Skate program is designed for beginners of all ages targeted for children, teenagers and adults. Our Figure Skating Coaches have over a decade of teaching experience! We have past and present students to prove our teaching success.

Canadians love to skate! Every winter, millions of Canadians take to the ice, indoors and outdoors in search of fun and fitness. Aim Above's Skating programs are designed to allow individuals to participate in skating for life. Our programs provide participants with basic skating skills, advanced figure skating techniques, hockey power-skating skills, test and competitive opportunities, awards and incentives and the chance to learn new all kinds of skating skills in a fun and positive environment.

When you sign up at Aim Above, you will be in a skating program that focuses on skating fun, participation and edge development. For children, you will earn stickers, and other incentives as you learn fundamental skating skills.

CanSkate is Skate Canada's flagship learn-to-skate program, designed for beginners of all ages. Lessons are given in group and private 1-on-1 formats led by an NCCP Certified Professional Coach. Skaters progress at their own rate and coaches make sessions active using teaching aids, music, activities, drills, and a wide variety of activities that create a fun environment and promote learning. CanSkate is the feeder program to all other Skate Canada Skating Programs, and Aim Above reflects these fundamentals to all participants.

Why sign up at Aim Above?

If you want to improve your child's skating skills, increase your power on the ice, skate faster playing hockey, or you want to learn how to figure skate, and want to build more stamina and impress people on the ice, then you're ready to hire us to help you achieve your personal skating goals. Each person has unique goals and our mission statement is ensuring we help you Aim Above with each skating lesson!

Know the benefits of learning to skate: Skating is a lifelong sport, whether you're 3 or 73. It's a great way to get exercise without even realizing it. You're working muscles in your core and your legs, and improving balance and posture.

Understand what's suitable at what age: Remember that skill development varies from child to child. "I've seen kids as young as 2 ½ zooming around on skates, but that's unusual; most kids that age don't have the core, leg strength or coordination," says Sandra Soldera, who coaches skating in Toronto. "A mature three or four year old is a good age to start." (And of course, learning as an older child, or even as an adult, is fine too! It's never too late to learn!) Many skating classes have kids start off by walking or marching on the ice in skates, and then progressing to a two-foot glide. Gliding from one foot to the other comes next, followed by moves like two-foot jumps and one-rotation turns. "After two or three months, a 4 or 5 year-old will be ready to start skating backwards." It's incredible how exponential skating results are with one-on-one private lessons.

The Equipment: Skates should fit snugly, especially at the heel, but your child should be able to wiggle her toes. Lace the skate tightly, starting at the bottom of the boot and moving up. It may be tempting to buy skates too big and pad them with extra pairs of socks, but one pair of thinner, non-cotton socks should be enough. Figure skates or hockey skates? That's up to you. Generally, hockey skates have more of a curved blade and therefore are less stable for kids who are just learning. Figure skates offer more ankle support and it is generally easier to learn on figure skates than hockey skates. Decent skates cost $100 to $150 new, but there's nothing wrong with buying secondhand, especially when kids are growing out of them from year to year. Your best bet is to go to a store where the staff is knowledgeable and knows how skates should fit. Sports Chek, Play It Again Sports, Any Used Sporting Goods Store, Sporting Life or The Figure Skating Boutique are our Aim Above affiliates in the Greater Toronto Area. Cost experts strongly recommend a helmet, specifically one with a face guard for those beginner skaters who are more likely to do a face-plant on the ice. Several thin layers of clothing (no jeans) are best for warmth and mobility. To provide extra padding for those just learning, complete the outfit with snow pants, a jacket and gloves. Aim Above also recommends soft knee pads (not hard shell) for beginners who will fall frequently for their very first time on the ice. Soft knee pads soften falls but also restrict mobility so it's important not too wear too much padding unless you're training as a hockey skater or power skater.

Choose a lesson time interval: Our Professionally Trained Instructors offer 30 minute, 45 minute and one-hour private lessons that are interactive, fun and proven effective time and time again.

Are you Ready To Aim Above?