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Key Points

Benefits of our group lessons include:

  • Our group lessons run all year round
  • You can join at anytime!
  • Lessons are on a casual basis, with no bookings required
  • Family friendly environment and great way to meet new friends
  • Develop and improve your fitness, balance, coordination and strength
  • Accredited and experienced instructors ensure a safe and fun learning environment
  • Provides a good foundation for joining our in-house skating clubs
  • Opportunities to participate in in-house events and competitions
  • Please note Learn to Skate Programs do not run on Public Holidays unless advised

Information

Attending Learn To Skate Lessons

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your lesson start time to allow sufficient time for parking and to ensure you are ready to commence your lesson on time. Each skater will be evaluated on the first day they attend to ensure the level matches the skater’s ability. Remember: Skaters progress individually at their own pace.

 

What to wear

Dress warmly and bring gloves, socks, long pants and jumper. Bring an inline helmet if you have one.

 

Having your own Skates

Once you reach ‘Learn To Skate – Level 5’ or even sooner, it is time to think about purchasing your own skates. It is important to have good equipment when participating in any sport and to take good care of it. Comfortable equipment will help the skater to progress much faster. You can pop into iSkate Canterbury where proprietor Margaret Scott and staff provide expert advice for all disciplines on boots, blades and accessories, as well as quality skate sharpening. 

Make sure your boots fit correctly with these quick tips:

  • Laces should be done up right to the top, do not leave out any holes
  • Your heel should not slip up or down when the boot is laced
  • To tighten your laces start pulling the clack from the bottom trying to keep an even pressure, keep lace as firm as possible
  • Be careful not to tighten too much as circulation can be affected
  • Tie off lace at the top and make sure no lace is hanging
  • You should be able to walk without too much difficulty. If you can’t you certainly will not be able to skate
  • If you wobble a lot when walking check the lacing and the size
  • DO NOT walk on concrete or any similar surfaces, as this will ruin the blades. Skate guards can be purchased from the skate shop to protect the blades. Walk on only rubber matting with uncovered blades.

 

Private Lessons

See our Coaches Profiles

Lesson Times

Please note changes have been made to Lesson Times & Schedule. If you were were in Skate School Levels 6, 7 or 8 in 2017 - your program has changed to Figure Gold. If you have any questions regarding changes to our Learn To Skate Programs please email us. 

  • Total ice time is 60 minutes
  • Ice time inlcudes; 30 minute structured group lesson with accredited and experienced instructors, up to 30 minutes of practice time in designated area to practice your skills before or after your lesson.
  • Free skate rental on lesson day and practice sessions (if required)
  • Saturday & Monday Lessons are the same structure. E.g. If you miss a Saturday Lesson you can attend a Monday Lesson and learn from where you are up to.

Remember: Skaters progress individually at their own pace.

Lesson Day Arrival Time Start Time Finish Time

Saturday

10:00am 10:30am 11:30pm

Monday

3:45pm 4:15pm 5:15pm

 

 

Lesson Schedule

Monday Times

Introduction Class,
Levels 1, 2, 3, 4
Lesson - 4:15pm-4:45pm
Practice - 4:45pm-5:15pm
 
Levels 5, 6, 7, 8
Practice - 4:15pm-4:45pm
Lesson - 4:45pm-5:15pm
 
 

Saturday Times

Introduction Class,
Levels 1, 2, 3, 4
Lesson - 10:30am-11.00am
Practice - 11.00am-11.30am
 
Levels 5, 6, 7, 8, 
Adult 3, 4
Practice - 10:30am-11.00am
Lesson - 11.00am-11.30am
 
Adult 1, 2
Lesson - 9:45am-10:15am
Practice - 10:30am-11.00am
 

 

 

Other Skate School Classes

FIGURE GOLD

Introduction to and improvement of figure skating specific techniques - jumps, spins, and edges. These classes are designed for skaters coming out of our Learn to Skate Program who wish to pursue figure skating.

SPEED SCHOOL

Like going fast?  Learn the basic techniques of the Olympic sport of Short Track Speed Skating.  Participate in fun racing events while you improve your balance, power, fitness and speed. 

HOCKEY Development

Introduction to ice hockey, where you will learn the basics of stick and puck handling, skating skills, and game sense.  We have a Mites Hockey session as well for players under the age of 8.

Development SYNCHRO

Introduction to synchronised basic skating skills, steps, holds and formations. Learn a basic short program to music. Skaters aim is to join a synchronized team and compete.

Cost

Skate School Class

Casual Class $18.00 per skater or a Skate School Card “C” clip

Join a club

If you would like to participate in in-house events such as competitions, recitals and camps please advise your Learn to Skate Coach. 

For camps and recitals please email admin@canterburyolympicicerink.org.au

For competitions please visit the Sydney Figure Skating Club website.

Information

Figure Gold Lessons

Once skaters have completed our Learn To Skate Classes, they can progress to our Figure Gold Classes.  These introduce more advanced figure skating specific skills, including higher level jumps, spins, sprials and edges.  Skaters can look towards doing figure skating competitions, completing their ISA (Ice Skating Australia) preliminary test, and joining our in-house figure skating club, SFSC.

 

Ice time inlcudes; 30 minute structured group lesson with accredited and experienced instructors, up to 1 hour of practice time in designated area to practice your skills before or after your lesson.

Lesson Day Practice Time Lesson Start Time Lesson Finish Time

Saturday

9:00am 9:45am 10:15pm

Monday

4:15pm 5:15pm 5:45pm

 

Private Lessons

See our Coaches Profiles

Cost

Skate School Class

Casual Class $18.00 per skater or a Skate School Card “C” clip

Join a club

For competitions please visit the Sydney Figure Skating Club website.

Information

The aim of our Hockey Development programs are to get skaters, enjoying the sport and to become Ice Hockey players and fans for life.

 

Saturday Ice Hockey Development

  • Our group lessons run all year round and you can join at anytime!
  • Lessons are on a casual basis, with no bookings required
  • Ages 8 years to adult. For skaters under 8 years of age we suggest completing Learn To Skate Lessons Level 1 and Mites Hockey before attempting Ice Hockey for safety reasons.
  • Beginner and Intermediate levels catered for.
  • Family friendly environment and great way to meet new friends
  • Develop and improve your fitness, balance, coordination and strength
  • Accredited and experienced instructors ensure a safe and fun learning environment developing skaters overall skating, stick handling and shooting ability.
  • Skate rental, hockey stick and protective gear available free of charge for use if required
  • Opportunities to join the Canterbury Ice Hockey Club

 

Sunday Mites Ice Hockey Development 

  • Our Mites group lessons run throughout the year.
  • Ages 4 years to 8 years
  • Skate rental, hockey stick and protective gear available free of charge for use if required
  • Accredited and experienced instructors use the latest techniques and practice
  • Positive and logical progression of skills suited to their age level, ability and needs in a fun environment. 
  • Introduction to small Cross-Ice Games
  • Opportunities to join the Canterbury Ice Hockey Club

 

WHERE TO NEXT?

For skaters at the age of 8 years, and having met the skills criteria appropriate for the next level, can join our Ice Hockey Development Program; or players can participate in the Atom grade competition, where they will continue to work on the skills already obtained and be introduced to new ones ad they transition to full ice competition. 

 

DO I NEED INSURANCE?

Ice Hockey Development (Saturday) & Mites Hockey Development (Sunday) are sessions conducted by COIR. Therefore, insurance is covered by the rink as a participant during these sessions.

To play IHNSW sanctioned games, players are required to register with IHNSW and insurance is included in the registration fee.

Therefore, no IHNSW registration is required for participants of the COIR Hockey Development Sessions. 

    Lesson Times

    Ice Hockey Development School

    • Total ice time is 75 minutes with accredited and experienced coaches
    • Free skate rental and gear on lesson day (if required)
    Lesson Day Arrival Time Start Time Finish Time

    Saturday Ice Hockey Development School

    12:00pm 12:30pm 1:45pm

     

    Mites Ice Hockey Development

    • Total ice time is 60 minutes with accredited and experienced coaches
    • Free skate rental and gear on lesson day (if required)
    Lesson Day Arrival Time Start Time Finish Time

    Sunday Mites

    11:15am 11:45am 12:45pm

     

     

    Cost

    Ice Hockey Development

    Casual Class $18.00 per skater or a Skate School Card "C” clip

    Join a club

    If you would like to join a team and play for our in-house club, the Canterbury Ice Hockey Club please visit www.canterburyicehockey.com.au for more information.

    Information

    If you have tried Ice Skating and you enjoy the thrill of going fast, then Short Track Speed Skating may be just what you are looking for.

    • Ages 5 years to adult
    • Speed and strategy come together in this fun, exhilarating sport
    • Under the guidance of highly accredited Australian Winter Olympian Bronze Medal Relay Coach Maggie Holland
    • Accredited and experienced instructors ensure a safe and fun learning environment developing skaters overall skating, skills of Short Track and tactics of racing.
    • Speed skates and inline helmet rental available free of charge for use if required
    • Opportunities to compete in club, state, national and international Speed Skating Competitions

    What to wear

    Dress warmly and bring gloves, socks, long pants and jumper. Bring an inline helmet if you have one. You can wear our regular hire skates or we have a supply of speed skates when your ability improves. Speed skates are different to Figure and Ice Hockey skates. Speed skates have a long blade which makes it easier to glide over the ice at speed. 

    Lesson Times

    Lesson Day Arrival Time Start Time Finish Time

    Saturday

    11:00am 11:30am 12:15pm

    Monday

    5:30pm 6:00pm 6:45pm

     

    Practice Sessions

    There are no Practice Sessions allocated to Speed Skating only. See Speed School Coaches for more information on joining “Sydney Arrows Ice Racing Club” Practice Sessions. 

    When participating in a Public Session caution must be taken, there will be no fast or dangerous skating permitted. These sessions are for recreational skating only.

    Cost

    Short Track Speed School Lesson

    $18.00 per skater or a Skate School Card “C” clip

    Join a club

    As your skills improve, you could take the next step and join our in-house club, the Sydney Arrows Ice Racing Club. Please visit www.sydneyarrows.com.au for more information.

    Information

    • Structured group lessons for adults
    • Fun, relaxed, social time with other skaters
    • Learning new skills at your own pace
    • Enjoy a nice hot beverage from our Canteen for only $2.00

     

    Lesson Times

    Lesson Day Arrival Time Start Time Finish Time

    Tuesday

    9:45am 10:15am 12:15pm

    Thursday

    9:45am 10:15am 12:15pm

    No Coffee Club Lessons during School Holiday's

    Cost

    Coffee Club Lesson

    $24.00 per skater or a Skate School Card “C” clip

    Information

    Looking for something a bit different to entertain your tiny tots?

    • Age 5 years and under
    • Opportunity to interact, play and participate with other children on the ice
    • Loads of fun games, toys and colouring activities
    • 1 hour group lesson with accredited and experienced instructor
    • Skate rental and inline helmet available free of charge for use if required
    • An adult can participate with a toddler on the ice for an additional $5.00

    Lesson Times

    • 1 hour group lesson with accredited and experienced coach
    • Optional: Public skating until 12:15pm
    • Free skate rental on lesson day (if required)
    Lesson Day Arrival Time Start Time Finish Time

    Monday

    10:00am 10:15am 11:15am

    Wednesday

    10:00am 10:15am 11:15am

    No Playgroup during School Holiday's or on Public Holiday's

    Cost

    Playgroup Class

    $10.00 per child skating or a Playgroup Skate School Card “C” clip

    $5.00 per adult skating

    Playgroup Multi-Pass

    10 Lesson PLAYGROUP Card
    • 10  Playgroup Classes x 1 hour
    • and 2 x public sessions
    • only $70

    Information

    The Special Olympics program is designed for athletes with an intellectual disability wanting to ice skate. If your unfamiliar with Ice Skating, come and observe our Special Olympics Lessons, meet the instructors and then decide if it’s a program you would like to participate in.

    • Ages 6 years to adult
    • Figure skating for athletes with an intellectual disability
    • Accredited and nurturing instructors on hand to ensure a safe and enjoyable learning environment.
    • Opportunities to participate in in-house events
    • Progression with regular evaluation and certificate of achievement
    • Free skate rental on lesson day

    What to wear

    Dress warmly and bring gloves, socks, long pants and jumper. Bring an inline helmet if you have one.

    Lesson Times

    Lesson Day Arrival Time Start Time Finish Time

    Saturday

    8:30am 9:00am 9:45am

    Cost

    Special Olympics Class

    $18.00 per skater or a Special Olympics Skate School Card “C” clip

    Group Bookings

    We offer group bookings for athletes with a intellectual disability wanting to experience the following:

    • Weekday School Groups
    • School Holiday Groups
    • Birthday Parties

    Bookings are essential, please contact us at admin@canterburyolympicicerink.org.au

    Information

    Our School Holiday Lessons are a fun way to start Ice Skating. Our unstructured* group lessons can lead to a variety of different opportunities in ice sports.

    Key Points

    • Monday – Friday inclusive during School Holidays (No Lessons on Public Holiday's)
    • Lessons are on a casual basis, with no booking required
    • Family friendly environment and great way to meet new friends
    • Develop and improve your fitness, balance, coordination and strength
    • Accredited and experienced instructors ensure a safe and fun learning environment
    • Provides a good foundation for joining our Learn to Skate program and ice sports

    *School Holiday Lessons are for beginner skaters only. If you are already attending our structured group lessons in our Learn to Skate Programs, these School Holiday Lessons may not be suitable.

    First time attending a School Holiday Lesson

    Arrive 30 minutes prior to your lesson start time to register your details at the information desk. Please allow sufficient time for parking and registration to ensure you are ready to commence your lesson on time. Late comers may not be accommodated.  

    What to wear

    Dress warmly and bring gloves, socks, long pants and jumper. Bring an inline helmet if you have one.

    Dates & Times

    • 45 minute group lesson with accredited and experienced coach 9:30am – 10:15am
    • Please arrive at 9:00am, as you are required to start your lesson strictly at 9:30am (late comers may not be accommodated).
    • 2 hours Public Skating 10:15am – 12:15pm included with purchase of a School Holiday Lesson.
    • Free skate rental on lesson day (if required)
    Month Dates Arrival Time Lesson Time Finish Time
    April
    • Mon 16th - Fri 20th
    • Mon 23rd - Fri 27th
    • NO SCHOOL HOLIDAY LESSON on Wednesday 25th April (PUBLIC HOLIDAY - ANZAC DAY)
    9:00am 9:30am – 10:15am 12:15pm
    July
    • Mon 9th - Fri 13th
    • Mon 16th - Fri 20th
    9:00am 9:30am – 10:15am 12:15pm

    October

    • Tues 2nd - Fri 5th
    • Mon 8th - Fri 12th
    •  
    • NO SCHOOL HOLIDAY LESSON on Monday 1st October (PUBLIC HOLIDAY - LABOUR DAY)
    9:00am 9:30am – 10:15am 12:15pm
    January TBC (2019)      

    Cost

    School Holiday Casual Lesson

    $25.00 per skater

    *Learn to Skate cards and discount vouchers not accepted

    FAQs

    It is advisable to arrive at least 20-30 minutes before the start time to find parking, admission into the rink, and completion of any registration details and fitting of your skates. You should be ready to step onto the ice with your skates on at the posted start time for the lesson at 9.30am.

    Yes. A quick registration is required on the day of your lesson. 

    It’s never too early to begin private lessons. Private lessons are available to complement Skate School Lessons from our Skate School Coaches, as well as from other accredited and experienced coaches. Private coaching usually starts in ‘Skate School - Level 3’ or even before. With one on one instruction, your skating coach can focus on the individual skater, providing expert guidance and helping the skater move through the levels at a faster pace.

    Skaters seeking private lessons are advised to attend a Skate School Lesson to observe the coaches as they conduct their lessons and see which coaching style and personality suits their needs. Skaters may approach coaches after the session has finished to request availability and pricing for private lessons. Please note each coach has his or her own lesson fee and lesson schedule, this fee is in addition to the rink entry fee at cashiers desk.

    If you would like to participate in in-house events such as recitals and camps please advise your Learn to Skate Coach.

    Once you have progressed through the Skate School or even while you are still going through the various levels, you have the opportunity to move into competitions run by the NSW Ice Skating Association and/or the rink’s home skating club, the Sydney Figure Skating Club.

    View coaches profiles

    Choosing A Private Coach

    Finding the right teacher is a crucial part of learning to skate. Many factors are involved, including individual personalities, learning styles, experience and technical know-how. Many skaters start out with group classes and then move on to private lessons from there. The direction you take depends on what your goals are and what you want to get of your skating.

    List your goals or at least have one in your mind indicating what you are looking for in a coach. Ask, What do I want this coach to do for me technically? Emotionally? – Go into the rink and see the coach/s in action. – How does the coach respond to problems and obstacles – Would that be a good way for you> - Do you think you would respond well to the way the coach is handling a situation?

    Another thing to think about is whether the technique being taught is compatible with what you hope to achieve. Do you like the way a particular coach’s skaters look on the ice – Is their posture good – Do they have power and flow in their stroking – Do the skaters truly BEND in the knees an ankles – Is the free leg extended, toes pointed – Is there good contact with the ice – Do jumps have height and distance – Are spins centred with good body alignment?

    Since most of the coaches have skaters of varying level and ability, you’ll have to watch a number of students to make a fair evaluation.

    Changing Coach

    For various reason, there may come a time when it’s necessary to find a new teacher. Maybe a skater is no longer making progress or the relationship is no longer effective. Perhaps the skater needs to move to a higher level coach to continue up the ladder. For what ever reason the change need to be made, make an effort to notify the coach privately, in a discreet and courteous manner, and settle outstanding bills before starting out with a new coach.

    Ref: Kriz, Seija. “Choosing A Private Coach”. The Scribe – Skate School Newsletter – Issue 32. 2000

    Adam Zalegowski

    Adam Zalegowski

    Coffee Club, Skate School
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    Amanda Da Pra

    Development Synchronized Skills, Skate School
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    Ammellia Fu

    Dance & Edges, Skate School, Special Olympics
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    Austin Mathews

    Coffee Club, Ice Hockey Development School, Playgroup, Skate School
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    Skate School, Special Olympics
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    Danny Soo

    Danny Soo

    Coffee Club, Ice Hockey Development School, Playgroup, Short Track Speed School, Skate School, Special Olympics
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    Georgie Williams

    Dance & Edges, Development Synchronized Skills, Skate School
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    Greg Merriman

    Coffee Club, Skate School
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    Julia English

    Julia English

    Coffee Club, Skate School
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    Justin Chan

    Ice Hockey Development School
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    Louise Woodward

    Coffee Club, Development Synchronized Skills, Skate School
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    Madonna Randall

    Madonna Randall

    Development Synchronized Skills, Skate School
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    Maggie Holland

    Short Track Speed School
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    Matt Musumeci

    Ice Hockey Development School
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    Natalia Gimenez

    Skate School
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    Simon Hardy

    Coffee Club, Skate School
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    Sue Cobden

    Skate School
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    Yvonne Hart

    Concierge & Information
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