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.
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.
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.
Dress warmly and bring gloves, socks, long pants and jumper. Bring a helmet if you have one.
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:
See our Coaches Profiles
9 weeks: 28th April - 4th July (no classes long weekend 9th - 13th June)
1 x Learn to Skate Class (includes 30min lesson and 30min practice) at designated time each week.
Unlimited public sessions during the term (28th April - 4th July).
Free skate hire for all of the above sessions.
An additional Learn to Skate class on another day can be purchased at the discounted rate of $127 per class per term (eg. if doing a Novice 1 class on Saturdays and Mondays). Please note that make-up classes are not available for additional classes.
Remember you can use your Active Kids voucher for these classes.
Want to try an ice sport in Term 2? Purchase a Learn to Skate - Ice Sports Combo for $319, and get an ice sports lesson (synchro, speed school or hockey development) on the same day as your regular learn to skate class and practice each week (ice sports classes are suitable for skaters in Basic 2 and above).
NOTE: ALL SATURDAY BASIC 1 and ALL ADULT BASIC CLASSES ARE NOW FULL FOR TERM 2
Make sure you register as soon as possible to secure your spot. If you are currently enrolled in a class in Term 1, you must wait till you have been tested (either in Wk 8 or Wk 9) before registering for Term 2.
Registrations can be done in person or forms can be submitted via email and payment made over the phone (9789 4044). Payment is required at the time of registering. You can use an active kids voucher for any term payment. Make sure you have a printed copy of your active kids voucher with you at time of purchase, or email this through with your registration form. 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 renewing skaters who are already in Skate School, please click here to download registration form.
Email your form to admin@canterburyolympicicerink and call 9789 4044 to make payment.
Please check that space is available when booking as some classes fill up.
ALL SATURDAY BASIC 1 and ALL ADULT BASIC CLASSES ARE NOW FULL FOR TERM 2.
COIR SKATE SCHOOL TERMS & CONDITIONS
During this time remember that we can all contribute to creating a COVID-safe environment 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
Follow all current health guidelines as set out by Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink