Programs for Schools – skating lessons

To request a skating lesson for your school call 403-366-3923.

Teachers, coordinate skating lessons for your students. Our instructors will teach your students a new skill while having fun.

Grades: Preschool, kindergarten, grades 1 – 12.

Location: Various Arenas based on ice availability.

Cost: $6 per child, per 45 minute lesson. Minimum number of lessons is five. At select locations rentals for skates and helmets is available at an additional charge.

To request a skating lesson for your school, contact: call 403-366-3923.

School skating lessons are confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis, based on ice availability and instructor availability.

About the programs

Our school skating lesson is similar to the Learn to Skate program as described on calgary.ca/liveandplay. Our program focuses on the basic fundamentals that are required to make skating a lifetime activity. Our instructors teach skating through games and fun activities. On the first day of classes, children are grouped according to ability with an instructor/child ratio of 1:10.

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
  • Forward and backward walking/striding
  • Forward and backward one and two foot glides

Requirements

Equipment

Children must wear:

  1. Hockey helmet - helmet must be Canadian Safety Association (CSA) approved. Hockey helmet with full face cage is recommended. Bicycle helmets are NOT permitted. Refer to Participant Helmet Standards found at calgary.ca/recreationforms under skating.
  2. Lace-up skates - hockey skates are recommended over skates with buckles. Ensure skates are sharpened (new skates do not come sharpened).
  3. Gloves or mittens.
  4. Snow pants and jacket are recommended.

Teacher / Parent involvement

The school program skating lesson is designed with an instructor/child ratio of 1:10.

The school will be required to organize parent/guardian volunteers to assist with tying skates and putting on helmets. School volunteers may be required for on-ice support. Should the parent/guardian volunteers be requested by the instructor to assist on the ice, they are required to wear;

  1. Hockey helmet (recommended)
  2. Footwear - cleats over shoes (cleats provided)
  3. Gloves or mittens

Note: If a child requires a support staff/aide in school, they will also require this support on the ice.

Interested in other program options? Check out our programs for schools​ or visit calgary.ca/liveandplay to learn how to register for individual programs.

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