Preschool Skating Program Descriptions

The course descriptions below outline all preschool skating and hockey lessons offered at the West Vancouver Ice Arena. Once you have found a course that is appropriate for your child, please review the lesson pages to find the day and time that fits with your skaters’ schedule.

Let's Learn to Skate Together (2.5 – 5 yrs)

This is an opportunity for parents, caregivers and grandparents to take a child skating in a fun, supervised environment. This is a great class for those who are not quite ready to participate on their own. The focus will be on fun and learning to skate through play.

First Stride (3 – 4 yrs)

This class is required for new skaters before entering Level 1: Basic. It is designed for people that have been on skates less than five times. A high instructor-to-student ratio ensures individual attention to all participants. First Stride is your introduction to skating that will teach you how to take your first stride, fall safely and stand up!

Level 1: Basic (3 – 4 yrs)

This class will work on the basics of forward skating, balance and gliding. Sculling, backwards skating and stopping will be introduced. The emphasis is on learning basic skating skills in a fun, safe environment.

Level 2: Agility (3 – 4 yrs)

This program focuses on movement and changing direction. Forward and backward skating skills are further developed. Walking crossovers, push-offs and hops are introduced. Upon successful completion, participants are eligible to enter our Hockey for Fun or Power Skate classes, if interested.

Intro to Preschool Hockey (3 – 5 yrs)

A fun introduction to fundamental hockey and skating skills for preschool children. The minimum skating requirement for the child is passing First Stride or being able to skate the length of the ice without falling. Skaters will work on Level 1 skating skills as well as passing and shooting. Plastic sticks will be provided if needed. Full hockey gear is recommended but the minimum requirements for children are skates, helmet, gloves and knee and elbow pads. Skates and helmets are available for rent. Drop-ins available.

Hockey for Fun (4 – 5 yrs)

The emphasis for this hockey program is fun through skill development. Full equipment is mandatory. Participants should have completed Level 2 or have a skating assessment prior to registration as participants must already be able to skate and stop.

Skate Assessment

Not sure what level of skating you should register for? Come in on any public skate session and ask for an assessment. Instructors will be on hand to observe your skating skills and recommend a level that best suits your ability. Skate assessments are free of charge.