Pre-STARSkate is a program designed to help skaters make the transition from CanSkate to STARSkate. The program focuses on skills, tests, achievement, and recognition. Pre-STARSkate is an introduction program designed to teach the elements of figure skating in a group lesson format. To participate skaters are encouraged to have completed the stage 4 badge in the CanSkate program or have been invited by a coach. Pre-STARSkate offers opportunities for skaters to develop basic figure skating skills, with the option of taking Skate Canada Tests.
The program is taught in a group format, during regular Junior skating sessions. This is beneficial to the skaters since they then get to be with skaters who have recently completed the PreSTARSkate program.