Skating and Hockey Programs

Sharpen your skills

Skaters of all experience levels will find a class that can take them to the next level from Active Living. Hosted at the Olympic Oval, our skating and hockey programs offer expert coaching and excellent class times.

Beginners can get their footing in our adult Learn to Skate classes. Or learn to play Canada's pass-time in our Adult Hockey program.

Hockey and Ringette players can an edge in their game with several levels of Power Skating available.

Figure skaters of all levels are welcome to join our adult Figure Skating Club, which runs during the week over lunchtime. 

UCalgary Active Living learn to hockey program
UCalgary Figure Skating Club

Skating Programs

Adult Learn to Skate 1

Never been on skates before? Has it been too long? Terrified of falling? In small groups, you will learn at your own pace. Focus is on balance, falling down and getting up, moving forwards, gliding, and building confidence.

Sun | 6:45 pm - 7:30 pm
Thur | 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm

Register for Adult Skate 1

Adult Learn to Skate 2

Once you can glide, snowplow stop, and walk backwards, this level 2 class will introduce fundamental skating skills such as one-foot glides, edges, side stops, and backwards c-cuts, as well as introducing intermediate skills such as crossovers and tight turns.

Sun | 6:45 pm - 7:30 pm
Thur | 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm

Register for Adult Skate 2

Adult Learn to Skate 3

For those wanting to improve their backwards skating and edges, and learn crossovers, pivot turns, tight turns and other advanced skills.

Sun | 6:45 pm - 7:30 pm
Thur | 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm

Register for Adult Skate 3

Adult Power Skating 1

Are you new to hockey or ringette and can skate forwards, backwards, stop, and turn? We will teach skills like two foot stops, c-cuts tight turns, crossovers and improve balance, stride and edges.

Fri | 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm

Register for Adult Power 1

Adult Power Skating 2

This class is for those who’ve been playing hockey or ringette for a season or two, and have completed Power 1. Focus is on improving balance, edges, and speed while performing fundamental skating skills.

Tues | 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Register for Adult Power 2

Adult Power Skating 3

Want to 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 to increase efficiency on your blades. You must be able to perform basic skating skills with ease and confidence in order to participate.

Completion of Power 2 is highly recommended.

Fri | 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Register for Adult Power 3

Adult Hockey 1

This is the first step in learning to play hockey. No hockey experience is necessary, but you must be able to skate laps forwards and backwards, stop on both sides, and perform a variety of turns. Instructors will teach basic hockey skills like puck handling, passing, and shooting while focusing on correct stick placement and posture.

Completion of Power Skating 1 is highly recommended.

Tues | 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm

Register for Adult Hockey 1

Adult Hockey 2

After mastering the introductory skills in Hockey 1, you’ll be ready for this next step to improve your game. Instructors will continue to focus on puck handling skills, passing, and shooting — all while moving. As always, this course includes 15-20 minutes of scrimmage to help expand your understanding of the game.

Completion of Hockey 1 and Power 2 is highly recommended.

Wed | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Register for Adult Hockey 2

Adult Hockey 3

Want to improve your game? More complex drills are covered such as advanced puck handling skills, open-ice striding with and without pucks, gap control, one-touch passing and shooting, and game strategies.

Thur | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Register for Adult Hockey 3

Hockey 1 and Power 2 Combo

Get the best of both programs in one evening and register at a discounted rate!

Tues | 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm

Register for Hockey 1 and Power 2 Combo

Figure Skating

Figure Skating Club

All levels of figure skaters are welcome to join us at the Olympic Oval for relaxed, friendly ice times. We are pleased to announce a sanctioning partnership with Skate West for those wishing to try tests, or compete in Skate Canada events. A stereo system is provided and athletes are encouraged to bring music. Coaching is not provided, but is available through Skate West. If you wish to bring your coach, they must register with the program supervisor.

Ice times are weekdays around lunch time. Register for a day of the week or get a 10-pass for drop-in.

Register for Figure Skating Club