Skating & Hockey
Find your edge
Kids and youth programs come with free parking included during the time of the sessions.
Encourage your child's love of skating early on with these physical literacy-based programs. At the University of Calgary, skating lessons start at age 3. These lessons give a great start on their edgework, especially for kids going into hockey, ringette or figure skating as they get older.
For little sports stars who don't want the pressure of community hockey, our Kids Hockey program is a fun and positive recreational program where they'll learn skills and scrimmage.
Advance the confidence of your hockey or ringette player with power skating.
Icetots | Ages 3-5
First timer? Help your child discover skating. With a parent, kids will learn how to balance, fall down and get up, walk forwards and backwards while having fun and playing games. Parents who are not confident on skates may wear shoes on the ice until skaters can move around on their own. To preserve ice cleanliness, they must be clean, indoor shoes.
Kinderskate | Ages 3-5
For kids who can fall down and get up, balance, and skate forwards all by themselves, this level is for kids who do not need a parent’s help or have passed Icetots. With the help of one of our fun instructors, skaters will take the next steps and learn how to glide on one foot, skate forwards and backwards with glide, and stop with balance.
Icecracker | Ages 3-5
For speedy skaters under 6, prepare for Kids Skate by skating faster, stronger and performing more challenging skills through age-appropriate circuit and games.
Kids Skate Program | Ages 6+
Kids Skate 1
New skaters or those moving on from Tots Skate will enjoy this introductory lesson. Grouped according to ability, they will learn how to move forwards, backwards, stop, turn and glide with balance.
Kids Skate 2
For Kids Skate 1 graduates, skaters will improve existing skills and learn new ones like t-pushes, bubbles and skating with more speed.
Kids Skate 3
Have you passed Kids Skate 2? Emphasis in this level is backwards skating and stopping. Skaters will also learn how to turn from forwards to backwards and slide on a curve.
Kids Skate 4
Kids will learn how to do more advanced skills like crossovers, c-cuts, 3-turns, and edge control. This level is for those who have passed Kids Skate 3 or equivalent.
Kids Skate 5
Crossovers and 3-turns are the focus, but skaters will also improve their edge control and balance.
Kids Skate 6
This is where skaters will learn backwards crossovers, mohawk turns, 3-jumps, and will improve skills learned in the previous level.
Kids Skate 7
The focus in this level is on edge control, and learning how to connect steps and turns.
Kids Skate 8
This final level has skaters doing tricky skills like shoot the duck, waltzing turns, and figure eight crossovers.
STARSkate (formerly Rec Figure Skating)
Skills Tests Achievement Recognition | Partnering with SKATE WEST Skating School, this nationally recognized program offers the opportunity for all skaters to develop figure skating skills.
Unique in Canada, this program teaches figure skating in a group or private-lesson atmosphere in a progressive and sequential manner. Skaters will have the opportunity to take Skate Canada tests through a nationally standardized testing system.
This program is for skaters age 6+ who are keen to begin figure skating, but have not completed Kids Skate 4 or Can Skate Stage 4. Skaters learn the foundations of figure skating before entering STARSkate.
Skaters can skip KidsSkate 5-8 and leap right into figure skating. In group lesson format, kids will learn fundamental skills that lead into step sequences, jumps, spins, and artistry.
In group or private lesson format, skaters will further their figure skating skills, learn ice dances, and create free skate programs. In addition to skating skills, kids will gain important life skills such as goal-setting, self-discipline, confidence, time management, healthy lifestyle and coping strategies for success and failure.
Kids Hockey and Power Skating
Please note: Power Skating is for skaters who already have basic skating skills. If your skater is new to Hockey or Ringette, please register them in a Kids Skate program.
Kids Power 1 (Timbits/Novice) | Ages 6-9
For kids in their first, second, or third year of hockey or ringette who can skate forwards, backwards, stop, and turn. We will teach skills like two-foot stops, c-cuts, tight turns, and improve balance, stride and coordination on skates.
• Important: Due to the nature of this course, skaters must be able to listen well and follow the coach’s instruction. We can only accept children over the age of 6 at this time. If your child is 5, a Tots Skate class will suit them best.
• This course is also suitable for older skaters who are just beginning hockey or ringette or are in house league hockey.
Kids Power 2 (Atom/Peewee) | Ages 9-13
Could your player benefit from expert skating instruction to become a more efficient skater? We will break down skating skills to correct common mistakes and improve skating technique. Each class will have a specific focus. For example: starts and stops, balance and gliding, forward stride, backward movement, transitions, turning and crossovers using inside and outside edge control.
• Important: Second-year novice players at the 1-2 level and who have permission from the instructor may also register in this level. Other Novice players, please register in the Timbits/Novice course.
Kids Hockey 1 | Ages 6-9
Is your child itching to play hockey, but you are hesitant of the commitment of minor hockey? This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to learn the basics of hockey in a fun environment. Skaters must be able to skate forwards and backwards, stop and turn (Kids Skate Level 2). Instructors will teach basic hockey skills like puck handling, passing, and shooting while focusing on correct stick placement and posture.
Kids Hockey 2 | Ages 7-10
Does your child want to take their basic hockey skills to the next level? Skaters must be able to skate forwards and backwards with speed, stop on both sides, and can perform basic puck handling skills. Common hockey drills are introduced, with a focus on individual skill such as hockey stance, hand positions on stick, stationary puck control, passing, shooting and individual tactics.
Kids Hockey 3 | Ages| 8-12
After completing Kids Hockey 2, skaters will learn more advanced skating and hockey skills. More complex drills are covered with a focus on advanced puck handling skills, open-ice striding with and without pucks, gap control, one-touch passing and shooting, and playing strategies.