Our Learn to Skate classes feature Aussie SkateTM, the national learn to skate program initiated by Ice Skating Australia. It will teach you the basic skills of ice skating, including balance, gliding, stopping, crossovers, spins, and jumps. From here you can develop your skills further and work towards the ice sports of figure skating, synchronised skating, short track speed skating and ice hockey with our other Canterbury Skate School programs.

Our skate school classes run over a 9 week term.  Skaters enrol in the same class time each week, so that they can work together with their instructor and fellow classmates to progress through the level, whilst creating a positive social environment in which to learn.  Skaters are tested at the end of the term and move up once they are competent in each of the skills in that level.  We monitor our class numbers to ensure a quality lesson can be provided each week.

Never Skated Before?

If you are 5 years or under you will begin in our Tiny Tots program.  If you are 6 years and over your will begin in Basic 1.  We also offer Adult specific classes, so if you are 18 or over you can join these classes. If you have skated a little before in a public session, you may get moved up to Basic 2 right away, depending on what skills you already have.  Our coaches will move you in the first weeks if you are not in the right level.

Attending Learn To Skate Lessons

Please arrive with plenty of time prior to your start time to allow sufficient time for parking and to ensure you are ready to commence your lesson on time. Remember to check your class time as your 30min practice time might be before your lesson time.  

What to wear

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

Having your own Skates

Once you are attending regular classes 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


Learn to Skate Class - Price for Term 4

9 weeks (12th October - 13th December)




1 x Learn to Skate Class (includes 30min lesson and 30min practice) at designated time each week.

Unlimited public sessions during the term (12th October - 13th December).

Free skate hire for all of the above sessions.


An additional class can be purchased at the discounted rate of $120 per class per term (eg. if doing Basic 2 and Synchro class each week, or doing Novice 1 on Saturdays and Mondays).

Remember you can use your Active Kids voucher for these classes.


How to Register

Registrations for Term 4 open on 14th September.

Registrations are filling up fast so make sure you register now.

This can be done in person or over the phone (9789 4044).  Payment is required at the time of registering.  Make sure you have a printed copy of your active kids voucher with you at time of purchase.  The rink has adopted a cashless environment, so all payments including in the canteen will be with card only.

Our registration form for new skaters can be found here.

For returning skaters please click here to download registration form.

Email your form to admin@canterburyolympicicerink and call 9789 4044 to make payment, or bring the form in and you can pay in person.

If you have any questions please call us on 9789 4044 or email

Class Schedule - Term 4

Please check that space is available when booking as some classes are full or close to being full. Current capacities are shown below.

Terms and Conditions



  • We reserve the right to make class changes as deemed necessary including combining classes where there are low numbers. Class times may change Term to Term depending on demand.
  • All payments are non-refundable. If the service cannot be provided by the rink as a result of a governmental order the customer would have the option to have the services supplied at a later time, or obtain a credit that could be used for other services at the rink, including public sessions, birthday parties or following skate school registrations. All issues regarding payments should be addressed to the Manager.
  • Make up lessons: Missed lessons can be made up by attending a class at an alternative time.  We allow a maximum of 2 make up classes per term and these must be taken during the term in which they are missed.  Any unused lesson will be forfeited.
  • All patrons skate at their own risk. There is a certain amount of risk attached with the activities provided and by participating you will release the rink from any responsibility or legal liability associated with participating in the activity or actions of other patron’s present.
  • The rink provides helmets, knee, and elbow pads for use during Skate School activities please see Skate Hire staff for assistance.
  • Patrons must be appropriately clothed for a public place & must wear enclosed shoes into the venue & skates on the ice. Patrons with bare feet will not be permitted entry.
  • No outside food and drinks cannot be taken inside COIR (unless approved prior with management).
  • COIR is an unlicensed premise, & as such, the consumption of alcohol is not permitted.
  • Patrons wishing to bring personal items into the rink do so at their own risk.  Lockers are available for hire inside the rink. COIR will not be held responsible for any damage, loss, or theft of a patron’s personal property.
  • Published session times and prices may be subject to change without notice.
  • Adults are responsible for minors under their supervision. Minors aged 12 and under must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times (whilst on COIR premises).


During this time remember that we can all contribute to helping eliminate COVID-19 by doing the following:

  • Maintain 1.5m distancing wherever possible. 
  • Practice good hygiene (wash/sanitise hands thoroughly and often)
  • Stay home if unwell and seek medical advice
  • COIR strongly encourages all patrons of the rink to download the government COVIDSafe App to help stop the spread and save lives.