Parks, Forestry & Recreation

Learn To Skate

Whatever your age, it's never too late to learn this Canadian past-time! Instructional skating programs are available for everyone - our five-tiered curriculum encourages learning at any level with a comfortable pace. Specific requirements and prerequisites for the instructional skating programs are described in the Curriculum & Prerequisites page. Visit our Equipment & Safety page for further details and what we recommend to wear. Participants may not be able to be relocated if they select an incorrect level. Please read class description carefully. Parents/guardians are requested to remain at the facility during lessons.

Programs Map
Learn to Skate Adult
Learn to Skate programs, beginner to advanced, focus on orientation to ice and skating techniques. Course prerequisites are indicated. All Adult participants must wear a CSA approved hockey helmet.
Learn to Skate Child - Level 1
Development of balance and posture. Introduction to forward skating, gliding, stopping and backward skating. Prerequisite: Level 1 is for participants who are new to skating or are unable to skate the width of the ice surface with a glide. Participants should be able to stand and walk on skates with straight ankles off the ice. Participants must wear a CSA approved hockey helmet.
Learn to Skate Child - Level 2
Development of forward gliding, stopping, backward skating. Introduction to one foot glides and backward gliding. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Level 1 or participant can skate (with a glide) the length of the ice without falling. Participants must wear a CSA approved hockey helmet.
Learn to Skate Child - Level 3
Development of backward stopping, backwards gliding and edges. Introduction to cross-overs, slalom skating, 2 foot turns. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Level 2 or participant is able to glide on one foot, skate backwards and stop. Participants must wear a CSA approved hockey helmet.
Learn to Skate Child - Level 4
Development of cross-overs, backward stopping. Introduction to one foot turns, backward circle thrusts. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Level 3 or participant has strong backwards skating and stopping ability. Participants must wear a CSA approved hockey helmet.
Learn to Skate Child - Level 5
Development of backward cross-overs, forward edges, skill combinations. Introduction to parallel stopping, backward edges and turns. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Level 4 or proficient skating ability. Participant is able to perform forward cross-overs, forward inside edges, 3-turns. Participants must wear a CSA approved hockey helmet.
Learn to Skate Preschool
Children will receive an orientation to the ice surface and will learn the basics of skating through games and songs. Participants should be able to stand and walk on skates with straight ankles off the ice. It is mandatory that all preschool participants wear a CSA approved hockey helmet with a full face mask. For Caregiver and Tot programs, the caregiver accompanying the child on the ice must also wear a CSA approved hockey helmet.
Learn to Skate Youth
Learn to Skate programs, beginner to advanced, focus on orientation to ice and skating techniques. Course prerequisites are indicated. All Youth participants must wear a CSA approved hockey helmet.
Speed Skating Child
Participants will be introduced to the basic fundamentals of short track speed skating including skill development and racing techniques. Program designed for child who have taken Level 2 of the Learn to skate program or equivalent skating experience. Note: This is not a beginner skating program. Participants must supply their own skates (hockey skates, speed skates or figure skates), a CSA approved hockey helmet, neck guard, gloves, shin pads and soft knee pads.