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Skating - A Canadian Tradition

It’s never too late to learn how to skate.  Our Learn to Skate programs are suitable for all ages, abilities and skill levels and provide life-long skating skills as well as the basic skills to progress into more advanced ice sports such as Hockey, Ringette and Figure Skating.  

Interested in drop-in public and family skate sessions? View our schedules.

Lesson Helmet Policy

All participants, including adults, are required to wear a CSA approved helmet during all skate lessons.

Looking for hockey? Visit our hockey page for program information.

Learn to Skate Programs

The NVRC Learn to Skate program offers a wide variety of skating development programs to help meet the needs of any child or adult who wishes to learn to skate and improved their skating skills.  Each level of the NVRC’s Learn to Skate program is designed to focus on the fundamental skills of skating with specific elements and exercises to be completed by the participant.   Qualified instructors lead parents and children through various games and activities to make the children and adults reach a comfort level on the ice. 


Learn to Skate

Toddlers will learn the basics of skating and begin developing muscle control and strength.  Children will build confidence and have fun on the ice as they learn to skate on their own without Mom or Dad's help!  View programs

School Age

Learn to Skate & Skate Better

From beginner to advanced, children will work on improving their agility, coordination and steadiness.  View programs

Adult Skating

Improve your Balance, Strength and Coordination

Our adult skating programs will equip you with the skills and confidence you need to move forward on the ice.  View programs

Figure Skating

Intro to Figure Skating

Our intro to figure skating provides instruction on stroking, edges, spins and jumps. View programs.

What to Wear and Bring to Lessons

Ice Skating

  • Helmet - CSA approved (hockey, ski or snowboard). We do have helmets available to rent.
  • Warm gloves or mitts
  • Warm jacket
  • Hockey or figure skates (sharpened and laced tight). We do have skates available to rent.
  • Snowpants or warm water-proof pants

Inline Skating

  • Helmet - CSA approved (hockey, ski or snowboard)
  • Elbow Pads (Hardshell)
  • Knee Pads (Hardshell)