Skating Program Descriptions

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

Level 1: Basic

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

Level 2: Agility

This program develops forward and backward skating. Walking crossovers, push-offs and hops are introduced. Upon successful completion participants will be able to stop and will be eligible to enter our beginner hockey program if interested.

Level 3: Technique

This class will start to refine the basics of the skills already learned. Techniques in this class include: proper push-offs, backward sculling, backward stopping, bunny hops, forward pumping and more! 

Level 4: Performance

Participants will develop their forward crossovers and be introduced to backward crossovers. They will be able to skate backward with good rhythm and control followed by a complete stop. Activities and skills will be combined into  an obstacle course. A little extra fun may be had by trying a lunge or 'shoot the duck'.

Figure Skate One (Bronze)

Participants must have completed Skating Level 4 or have instructor approval to enter this class. Spins and jumps and a seven-step sequence will be introduced. Participants can register anytime throughout the course.

Figure Skate Two (Silver)

Students will be coached in waltz jumps, toe loops, salchows, camel spins. The students will practice programs and are encouraged to practice their skills outside of class time. Participants can register anytime throughout the course.

Figure Skate Three (Gold)

Students will be coached in a variety of edge jumps, camel, sit & layback spins. We will have fun with footwork & spirals with edge changes! Participants can register anytime throughout the course and are encouraged to practice their skills outside of class time. 

Hockey for Fun

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

Stick & Puck

Drop-in opportunity to practice shooting and stick skills. No goalies. No scrimmages. Ten spots available for pre-registration, remaining spots first come, first serve. Call after 9 a.m. on Friday to get your name on the list. Only three names accepted per call. Drop-ins must arrive on time or their spots will be offered to waitlisted participants.

Skate Assessment

Not sure what level of skating you should register for? Come in to 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.