Frequently asked questions

What to wear for classes?

Athletic attire and bare feet. Long hair MUST be tied back. Your child needs to wear "easy to move their body in" athletic attire and bare feet; shorts and a snug t-shirt, yoga pants and a yoga top or a body suit. Loose T-shirts tend to go over their heads when upside down, exposing their tummy and making it difficult to see. Skirts and skorts can hinder movement and become tangled on equipment. Clothing with zippers, pockets, drawstrings and belt loops can get caught on equipment or coaches and kids fingers. Bare feet are necessary, as socks are slippery on equipment. Hair must be tied back to prevent it from getting caught on equipment or the coach. It is much easier to see what they are doing if their hair is back.

What are the rules of the gym?

* Be on time * Please use the washroom before class starts * Wear appropriate attire - No jeans, No drawstrings, No pockets, No skirts, No baggy clothes * Hair tied back * Follow the rules of the gym - taught to the kids by the coaches * Listen to your instructor * Stay with your class at all times

Is my child too young to try gymnastics?

We offer Tumble Cubs classes for kids as young as 2 years old. This Parent and Tot class is 45 minutes long. If your child is turning 2 in a few months and you feel they are ready to follow a structured class then you can sign up for the class and see how it goes. If it doesn't work out, we can refund you your payment or leave the credit on their account for the future. These young athletes learn to run, jump, roll, hang, bounce, play games, practice being patient and taking turns in a structured class with one of our fun coaches. Parents must be within reach of their child and help them with sharing, taking turns, and the rules of equipment use. In order to ensure that each child is properly supervised, there is a max of 1 child for each adut.

What is the difference between Lion's Pride Gymnastics and the competition?

* We have experienced instructors who are continually upgrading their knowledge base through additional ceritification and coaching clinics. * Insurance is purchased through Gymnastics BC and is transferrable to any club affiliated. *Gymnastics BC ensures all of our coaches have clear criminal record checks and all training up to date. * We have a large hassle free parking lot with no time limit * We have handicap parking * We do NOT charge for make-up classes * There is no fee to change to a different class * Our ratio of 8 students per instructor * Our facility is permanently set up with state of the art equipment for both boys and girls * We offer two large viewing areas on the main floor and upstairs * We offer beginner, Advanced, Excel, Pre-Comp and Competitive programs * We have a 70ft foam pit *Lion's Pride is cleaned daily

Are there classes for more advanced students?

Cangym athletes work on the first three levels while Bronze+ classes are for those working on level 4 (Bronze) and 5 (Purple), Advanced Rec classes for level 6 (Blue) and up. We also offer Excel teams that are by Invitation and allow athletes to perform at 1-3 local meets. Competitive athletes are slectively chosen by our Head Coach.

What is the Cangym Program and how does my child receive a medal?

All children 6+ are enrolled in the Cangym Program. The program consists of 12 levels/colours and each colour has three steps - Step 1, Step 2 & Mastered. The coaches rate the skills based the following criteria: Is the skill performed reasonably, is it recognizable and is it repeatable. The skils for each level are rated as Mastered, Learned or Attempted. Based on the percentage of skills Masterered, children will receive their report card and award. Each new colour they start will be presented as a new medal. If they are working towards mastering a colour, they will be presented stickers to put on their medal until it is mastered. The idea being they will eventually have 12 medals that are mastered. The medals run Burgundy, Red, Tan, Bronze, Purple, Blue, Turquoise, Silver, Orange, Yellow, Green and Gold. Awards are presented 3 times a season. Trampoline students follow a similar program called CanJump. Highschool students receive a report card and no medals or stickers. Cubs, Cats & Lions are presented with medals but do not receive a report card. Excel and Competitive athletes do not receive testing and instead perform at meets.

How do I pay for my child's fees?

All registration and payment is done online through our iclass pro customer portal. Payments can be made with credit, debit or your banking information.

Can my child do a trial class first?

We are unable to offer free trial classes but if you sign up and your child does not want to continue after the first class please contact us and we can refund you all future classes or leave the credit for a future date.

What happens if the class I want is full?

Early Registration for the September-June season starts July 15th and to guarantee a spot, we reccomend registering on the first day. Registration is ongoing and all of our classes have waitlists available when you register and we will contact you when a spot comes available. It is best to waitlist your child for more than one day/time to increase the chances of getting a spot in class. We can't predict how long your child will be on a waitlist as it depends on when children in the class move or cancel. All waitlists and classes are finished at the end of June. You will need to re-register for Summer and September classes.

How do I cancel classes?

All cancellations are required in writing (email) by the 15th of the month to be done by the end of that month. There is no fee to cancel. If you cancel after the 15th, you will be cancelled for the end of the next month. Please see our Cancellation/Closure Policies page for further information.

Do you offer make-up classes or refunds for missed classes?

Yes! We offer one make-up class a month for missed classes in appropriate age/level classes if space is available. Please give the office 12 hours notice if you will be missing a class and intend to book a make-up. Make-up classes can be booked up to one week ahead. There is no charge for make-up classes. We do not offer refunds for missed classes.

What if I can't find parking?

We suggest arriving 15 minutes early to beat the drop-off/pick-up congestion. The back of the building also holds multiple parking spots. The FTS building across the street has given us permission to use their parking lot weekdays after 4:30 and all day on weekends.