Trico Centre offers our very own Learn to Skate program for ages 2yrs – Adult located on one of our NHL size arenas (Arena #1). Our popular 6-level children’s programming is dedicated to creating life-long enjoyment of skating, while building confidence, safety, and fun while out on the ice. Each level focuses on the natural progression of learning to skate in a non-competitive environment. Report cards are issued on the last day of lessons, and advancement recommendations are based both on skill ability, and child confidence and comfort while on the ice.
Safety is the utmost importance and we ask you to abide by the following guidelines for the safety of the children and our Coaches:
- Keep all doors closed while the Olympia is cleaning the ice and do not enter the ice surface.
- Keep your child off of the ice until the Coaches come to greet you and open the doors.
- Only children registered in the program are permitted on the ice during the lesson times. No strollers, car seats or children not on skates allowed on the ice.
- Only Parent & Tot adults are permitted on the ice unless requested specifically by the coach or Team Lead
- Any adult not on skates must clean their shoes prior to stepping on the ice. Dirt and rocks become dangerous if skaters skate over them leading to falls and damage to skate blades
- ALL skaters must enter and exit through the dressing rooms only
- We insist all patrons watching walk down the ramp to reach the viewing area. Anybody crossing the ice will be asked to go through the dressing rooms
Learn to Skate Lessons Offered at Trico Centre
Please register your child in the appropriate skate level for their abilities. We reserve the option to move skaters to a level most suited for them. If the level you would like is full, please place them on the waitlist.
|Parent & Tot||Preschool||Youth 1||Youth 2 - Youth 6|
|30 min||30 min||30 min||45 min|
|2-4 years||4-5 years||6-12 years||6-12 years|
Parent & Tot 1
Our Parent & Tot 1 program is for children who have never skated, and are unable to stand on the ice independently. We will learn how to stand on our own and march across the ice through games and songs. Parents fully participate to support and encourage your new skater.
Parent & Tot 2
Our Parent & Tot 2 program is for children who can stand on the ice independently and are ready for some new skills. We will learn how to glide, make snow, jump and more, through games and songs. Parents fully participate to support and encourage your new skater.
This program is for participants who are on skates for the first time and are unable to stand on the ice unassisted. Parents may be asked to assist their child on the ice as they learn how to stand and march across the ice.
For participants who are able to stand up unassisted, march with alternating feet across the width of the ice without falling,
For participants who are able to push and glide with alternating feet, backwards skate across the width of the ice, and slow plow stop.
For participants who can push and glide forwards and backwards with ease, we will also introduce crossovers and side stops.
This level will work to improve forward crossover and introduce back crossovers, we will also learn three turns and forward inside and outside edges.
This is the final level in our program; we will learn mohawks and 1 foot stops while fine tuning previously learned skills.
Teen & Adult Lessons (12yr+)
For participants who have always wanted to skate, or just improve your skills. Helmets are mandatory.
Private Lessons (4yrs+)
Enjoy the benefit of 1 on 1 instruction on the ice and improve on specific skills or work your way into a group lesson.
Skate Abilities (6-12yrs) 45 mins
This program is geared for children ages 6-12, with special needs, who need additional support to achieve their beginning skating goals and increase their safety, independence,and enjoyment on the ice. All participants must have an aid on the ice with them at all times.
This is our first time at Skate lessons, where do we go?
Every participant will receive an email prior to their first class with important information about the session. On Friday, Saturday & Sunday lessons, please check in with our team at the table located at the front doors. They will give you the dressing room, Coach’s name and colour associated with your child’s class.
What should we bring/wear?
- Helmet: All participants MUST wear a CSA approved Hockey or Ski helmet (NO bicycle helmets permitted). We cannot permit any child on the ice without a helmet. Parents are not required to wear helmets during Learn to Skate classes. Face Cages are not mandatory but are recommended
- Sharpened Skates – If you have just purchased Skates please make sure they are sharpened prior to getting on the ice. We have a skate sharpening machine on-site, or visit a store such as Sportcheck or Canadian Tire to get them sharpened. Dull blades make it very difficult to balance, and your child will not be able to participate as well as they would be able to with sharp blades. We recommend single blade lace up skates, and we do not recommend the strap on blades for young children.
- Mittens or Gloves
- Snow or Ski Pants
Where are the dressing rooms, and do they get locked?
We use Dressing Rooms 1,2,4,5 during the lesson times. As you go towards the dressing room there is a whiteboard with the dressing room allocated for the time frame your child’s lesson falls within. There is a door in the dressing room that leads to the ice. We have lessons starting and finishing every 15 minutes so the doors do not get locked.
The dressing rooms are very busy, can’t I just use a different one?
It is very important to use the allocated dressing rooms which may change weekly by checking the whiteboard. Multiple user groups use the dressing rooms and belongings may be moved if they are in the incorrect room. We do ask only the adults helping your child ready be present in the room and all other family members go to the arena stands to view the class.
It’s my child’s first time skating, can I bring a skate aid?
No, the first level is to teach children how to stand a fall safely and confidently on their own. We will ask you to remove any aid from the ice.
What if I don’t know what level my child should be in?
Please look at the descriptions or contact us to discuss your child’s skill abilities so we can fit them in the right level.
The level I registered my child in isn’t the right one, do they have to stay there?
The first 2 classes we do assess the group of children in each class and if your child seems better suited in a different level we will move them and work with you to find a suitable time.
Do I need to contact Guest Services to move my child?
If your child is in lessons and advised by our Team Lead or Coach to move levels, we will do that transfer for you. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s level please contact our Program Management Team directly
Do I have to wear Skates in the Parent & Tot lessons?
No, in fact we ask any adult not confident on skates to wear shoes. You will be bending over a lot, which many parents find it tiring on their back. Shoes must be closed toe, flat sole (no heels) for your safety.
Why am I not allowed to just cross the ice quickly to get to the viewing area?
As it may “look” like there is a lot of space, when you are crossing the ice you are actually cutting and interrupting the lesson area. Also this is a safety concern for yourself if a fall happens, and for the skaters as well, as shoes track dirt and rocks which become a hazard.
Why did my child’s class time change or get cancelled?
Some classes have very low registration and as such we will combine or cancel classes. This may result in changes to the schedule and new class times. If we need to cancel a class we do our best to work with you on finding another suitable time, taking into consideration other children you may have registered. We do not enjoy cancelling classes and understand it can be very disappointing. You will receive an email from our Programs Management Team if this affects your class and the options available.
Are there any funding options at Trico Centre to help with class fees?
Yes! We are proud to partner with Kidsport, and Canadian Tire Jumpstart, as well as the City of Calgary Fee Assistance. Contact Guest Services for more information or visit our Trico Cares page
How will information about classes be communicated?
We communicate through email for all class information, including our Session Welcome Letter, Long Weekend Reminders, Cancelled Classes, and Changes to your Class. Please ensure your email is up to date with us through your online account or contacting Guest Services.
How do I contact the Programs Management Team?
We would love to hear from you! Please contact us if you have questions, concerns, programming suggestions, if it’s your first time and you want to know more about our programming. For quickest communication please email us.
Michelle P – Child & Youth Program Director
Heather G – Child & Youth Program Coordinator
Megan D – Child & Youth Program Assistant