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School programs - skating and hockey

Help your students learn to skate or play a friendly and exciting game of hockey with a range of skating and hockey lessons and programs offered by The City. Students, children and youth of all ages and abilities will get exercise, have fun and learn new skills.


Skating lesson.
Skating lesson.

Grades:
Preschool, kindergarten, grades 1 – 12.

Location:
Various Arenas in fall and winter seasons.

Cost:
$36/child for five or six 45-minute sessions.

Registration / more information:
South Calgary schools call 403-648-6592.
North Calgary schools call 403-366-3923.

Deadlines:
Due to high demand, all bookings are on a first-come, first-serve basis. To keep fees affordable, schools may be required to share ice with other programs.


About the programs

Our school skating and hockey programs are a follow up to the Learn to Skate Program as presented in the Online Recreation Program Guide. Our program focuses on the basic fundamentals that are required to make skating a lifetime activity. We teach skating through games and fun activities, which takes the fear out of learning how to skate. On the first day of classes, children are grouped according to ability with an instructor/child ratio of 1:10. This keeps our groups small and allows for some dynamic games.

We firmly believe that games and fun activities on the ice are essential to helping children learn to skate.

Some of the skills that may be incorporated into the games and activities are:

  • The proper/safe way of falling down and getting up
  • Scraping the ice
  • ½ snowplow stop (pre-requisite - scraping the ice)
  • Forward and backward walking/striding
  • Forward and backward one and two foot glides

Requirements

Equipment

Each child requires his/her own skates, helmet (one that covers the front and back of the head), and mittens/gloves. We also recommend pants that are warm and waterproof, especially for beginner skaters. All skaters should wear jackets that are warm but allow for freedom of movement.

Teacher / Parent Involvement

The Learn to Skate school program is designed with a 1:10 instructor:child ratio. However, to allow for more individual help and attention, at least two parent or teacher volunteers are required to actively participate and assist on the ice. It is also highly recommended that an appropriate number of parents are available to help the children get on and take off their skating gear.

Note: please notify us before the first day of lessons if there will be any children with special needs attending. If an aid is required at school, an aid is required on the ice as well.

Schools in South Calgary

403-648-6592 (Southland Leisure Centre)

Schools in North Calgary

403-366-3923 (Village Square Leisure Centre)

Interested in other program options? Check out our programs for schools or the Online Recreation Program Guide.