About Heath Dennison Power Skating & Hockey Skills

Our camps and programs help boys and girls from ages 6 to 13 improve their stride and skating skills for hockey. We combine highly effective training practices with athletic off-ice activities and lots of fun.

Our family-oriented school started in 1996 at Parksville Arena in central Vancouver Island. We worked with 40 kids in our first year. Today, Heath Dennison Power Skating & Hockey Skills runs programs throughout the summer for 150 or so kids. We also offer programs for Parks & Recreation departments in Nanaimo and Parksville.

  • Our philosophy
  • Our instructors
  • Our locations

Our philosophy

We emphasize the importance of keeping the shoulders, knees and toes in line to develop a powerful stride. Mastering this alignment ensures that your children are using all of their potential power to skate with confidence.

We also emphasize fun. It’s a critical element in learning for kids. If they’re enjoying themselves during drills, they’re better able to stay focused.

Our power skating and hockey instruction uses an “explain, demonstrate, experience” model to teach fundamentals. We explain the techniques to participants, demonstrate the skill, and then have them try it for themselves. Your child gets personal attention and supervision to help them master the skill.

To ensure your child has the best experience possible, we keep class sizes small. On average, one instructor works with four kids. And we group participants by their ability level, so your child gains confidence by being with peers.

Our instructors

School founder and head instructor Heath Dennison has helped thousands of kids improve their skating stride and skills. He’s passionate about teaching and hockey. A former school teacher, he’s the development coordinator for Nanaimo Minor Hockey Association and drives the Zamboni for the city’s ice rinks.

Dennison started teaching power skating in Nanaimo because “I realized I had a passion for teaching and I possessed an ability to explain skating in simple language to people of all ages and abilities.” He worked for five years in the public school system with special needs kids, giving him experience with a variety of learning styles.

He started playing hockey at age 2, skating on outdoor frozen ponds until it was dark. His natural ability with skating and goal scoring led to a successful hockey career. He played minor hockey in Parksville and Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, and at Notre Dame in Wilcox, Saskatchewan, where his leadership skills were nurtured and flourished.

At age 16 Dennison played for the Powell River Paper Kings in the B.C. Junior Hockey League. The team recently honoured his five-year career there by retiring his jersey. At 21 he moved on to the Powell River Regals.

A hand-picked team of other instructors is also on the ice at Heath Dennison Power Skating & Hockey Skills. Many of them are school teachers, with specific training and experience in working with children. We also have some young volunteers, many of them minor hockey players.

Our locations

Heath Dennison Power Skating & Hockey Skills camps and programs run in central Vancouver Island. We use rinks in Nanaimo and Parksville. Check our Programs & Registration page for details.

The Central Island is one of Canada’s most popular family destinations thanks to its beaches and endless things to do. If you want to holiday here while your child is in our school, be sure to check out the tourism guides for Parksville Qualicum Beach, Nanaimo and Chemainus

 “Thank you for another great skating camp. Evan and Colby enjoyed your instruction and the feedback from your team, as always. Les and I also continue to appreciate how you break down the essential skills and provide such intensive intervention when problematic mistakes are being made. I was glad to see my boys offering non-prompted thank you handshakes at the end…”

– Erica and Les B.

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