Recreational hockey lessons

Learn to play the great Canadian sport of hockey. We'll teach you the basic fundamentals of the game focusing on skating, drills and non-competitive scrimmages. Lessons are at select arenas only.

Benefits of hockey lessons


  • Build self-confidence
  • Improve muscular strength, bone density, cardiovascular health and overall flexibility
  • Enhance coordination, balance and body awareness
  • Learn how to be a team player in a non-competitive supportive environment
  • Make friends with a like-minded interest
  • Learn a new lifelong activity 

Spring & summer registration dates


Registration for spring & summer programs, classes and day camps:

  • Feb. 22 - Summer day camp schedule preview
  • March 5 - Summer day camp registration
  • March 7 - Program and class schedule preview
  • March 12 - Program and class registration
  • March 14 - Certification registration

Ensure your Live and Play account is ready on registration day by logging in and verifying your information is up to date. Get ready to register.

Registration will open:

  • 6 a.m. — Online (virtual waiting room opens at 5:30 a.m.).
  • 8:30 a.m. — By calling the Customer Service Centre at 403-268-3800 (option 1).
  • During business hours — At any City-operated Aquatic & Recreation or Arts facility.

Types of hockey lessons


You can register online, in person at our Aquatic facilities, or by calling
403-268-3800 (option 1).

About our hockey instructors


Our instructors have strong hockey backgrounds. Some may also hold certificates from the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), Hockey Certification and/or Nationally recognized HIGH FIVE Certification.

All our instructors hold current Standard First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) level “C” and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) certifications.

What are hockey lessons like?


On the first day of classes, participants will be assessed on their abilities. This ensures their progress throughout the session is optimized.

Our instructors teach the sport of hockey through drills and non-competitive scrimmages that teach basic passing, shooting and puck handling skills.

Participants come with full gear and equipment to ensure the experience is safe for all.

Specific viewing areas are provided for parents to watch while lesson is in progress.

Come prepared


We recommend you arrive a minimum of 15 minutes prior to lesson start time to be dressed and prepared for the lesson.

Full gear is required for hockey lessons including:

  • Hockey helmet - helmet must be Canadian Safety Association (CSA) approved. Hockey helmet with full face cage is mandatory. Bicycle helmets are NOT permitted
  • Lace-up Hockey skates - Ensure skates are sharpened (new skates do not come sharpened). Skates with buckles are not recommended
  • Mouth guard
  • Neck protection/guard
  • Shin guards
  • Shoulder pads
  • Elbow pads
  • Gloves
  • Pelvic Protection
  • Socks
  • Sweater/jersey
  • Stick
  • Refer to participant skate & helmet recommendations found at calgary.ca/recreationforms under skating, and view our equipment videos for additional information on helmetsskates & Hockey equipment

More skating lessons


Learn how to set up an account, register for programs and find information on cancellations in the help section of Live and Play.

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