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Learn to Skate
supported by RBC Play Hockey
Harbourfront Centre’s offers Learn to Skate classes for all ages and skill levels


TORONTO, ON (Oct.25, 2012) – Harbourfront Centre, with the support of RBC Royal Bank, offers over 100 skating classes for children, teens and adults, taught by our experienced and supportive skating instructors. Learn to Skate classes are designed to suit each student’s skill level, from first-time skaters to those looking to improve their skating technique. Small class sizes ensure that students learn to skate in a fun, safe and comfortable environment over a four-week period.

All classes take place on the beautiful Natrel® Rink, alongside the scenic shores of Lake Ontario. Participants can choose from various levels of Teen, Adult and Women-Only group classes. Those looking for more one-on-one attention can book a Private Lesson for an introduction to ice skating. Harbourfront Centre also offers lessons for children including the Parent and Tot, Kinderskate, beginner and intermediate courses. All skate times include 55 minutes of instruction time with five minutes of free skate (excludes Parent and Tot).

If you don’t have skates, Harbourfront Centre offers figure and hockey skate rentals for $8 per day. We rent helmets for $5 (limited sizes available). Please note that all Learn to Skate participants are required to wear CSA-approved hockey helmets. We also have lockers and heated change rooms available for your convenience.

The first session of Learn to Skate classes begin on November 20 (weather permitting), with more sessions being offered in the New Year. Register early to avoid disappointment!

For additional information and to register for Learn to Skate programmes, the public may visit harbourfrontcentre.com/learntoskate or call 416-973-4093. All Learn to Skate courses take place on the beautiful Natrel® Rink located along the scenic shores of Lake Ontario at 235 Queens Quay W, in the heart of Toronto’s downtown waterfront.

Learn to Skate Courses

CHILDREN’S CLASSES:

Parent and Tot Classes (3-5 years)
Various Sessions Available
Designed for children aged 3-5 with little or no skating experience. Parents must have the ability to skate and are required to wear skates and to be on the ice during the class. CSA approved hockey helmets are mandatory for both child and adult participants. Basics such as balance, posture and learning to move on the ice through fun games and exercises are covered.

Kinderskate (4-6 years)
Various Sessions Available
Appropriate for children aged 4-6 who are new to skating, but able to stand and walk in skates on their own. Parents will not be on the ice with children. Basic ice skating skills are taught by our skilled instructors.

Child Beginner (7-12 years)
Various Sessions Available
Appropriate for children ages 7-12 who are learning the basics of skating. Attention will be placed on balance and basic skills, including fun and interactive drills and games.

Child Intermediate (7-12 years)
Various Sessions Available
Appropriate for children ages 7-12 who have completed Child Beginner or taken previous lessons. Attention is paid on developing pushing and gliding techniques as well as stopping and skating backwards.

TEEN CLASSES:

Teen Beginner (13-17 years)
Various Sessions Available
Designed for teens with no skating experience, but looking to get on the ice! The focus is on basic skills with fun drills and games in a fun and relaxed environment.

Teen Intermediate (13-17 years)
Various Sessions Available
Designed for teens 13-17 who are looking to improve their skills. Focus is on forward and backwards pushing and gliding techniques as well as turning and stopping.

ADULT CLASSES:

Adult Intro to Skating (18 years)
Various Sessions Available
Designed for the first time skater (18 ) with no previous skating experience. Gain confidence on the ice while learning basic skills. We consider “intro skaters” to be people who’ve never been on the ice before.

Adult Beginner (18 )
Various Sessions Available
For skaters (18 ) who want to be more confident on their skates. Attention is placed on pushing and gliding techniques along with more complex skills through interactive exercises and drills. We consider you a “beginner skater” if you’ve been on the ice before and can move forward.

Adult Intermediate (18 )
Various Sessions Available
For skaters (18 ) looking to refine their skills. Focus is on forward and backwards pushing and gliding techniques as well as turning and stopping. Cross-cuts both forwards and backwards will be introduced. We consider people who are able to stop and/or skate backwards to be “intermediate skaters.”

Intro to Skating: Women Only
Various Sessions Available
Specifically designed for women with no previous skating experience. Gain confidence on the ice while learning the basics in a fun and supportive environment.


PRIVATE LESSONS:

Private Lessons
Mondays*, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursday, Saturdays and Sundays. $35 for the first person; $15 per additional person (max. 4). 60 min. *Please note that Mondays are only available in January and February.
Book a one-on-one lesson or a lesson with up to four friends! A great opportunity to focus on specific skills with your own personal instructor. Lessons available for all skating levels. (While we welcome up to four skaters, we recommend that all skaters be of similar ability levels.)

Group Lessons
By Appointment Only
Book a private lesson with one of our many skilled instructors and benefit from a low instructor to skater ratio. All skating abilities and ages welcome. Designed specifically for groups of 10 or more.


ABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE
Harbourfront Centre is a Canadian charity operating the 10 prime acres of Toronto's central waterfront as a free and open public site. We celebrate the multiplicities of cultures that comprise Canada and enliven the city through the creative imaginations of artists from across the country and around the globe. Harbourfront Centre attracts more than 17 million visits to its site each year to experience 4,000 diverse public events and activities. Harbourfront Centre receives operational support from the Government of Canada and the City of Toronto and program funding from all levels of government, the private sector and individual donors.


ABOUT RBC PLAY HOCKEY
RBC is committed to helping hockey happen in communities across North America. As a premier partner of Hockey Canada and USA Hockey, RBC is an official sponsor of each country's men's and women's national teams, the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, and Canada's National Junior A Championship - RBC Cup. RBC sponsors amateur sport in communities across North America, from grassroots programs to national sport associations and elite-level athletes. For more information, visit rbcplayhockey.com.
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