Ice skating lessons
Children, youth, families, adults and seniors can learn to skate at the Emera Oval for free in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere with friendly and enthusiastic staff.
You have to register online at halifax.ca/myREC before attending a Learn to Skate class. Skates and helmets are required, but you can borrow these on-site.
Speed skating lessons
The Halifax Regional Speed Skating Club offers a free Learn to Speed Skate program at the Emera Oval. The speed skating program will take you from your already-acquired basic skating skills to the fundamentals of speed skating. You should be comfortable on skates, with good balance and directional control, before starting the Learn to Speed Skate program.
While lessons are free for both children and adults, there is a one-time $10 Speed Skate Nova Scotia membership fee (cash or cheque only) due at the time of your first lesson for insurance purposes.
Register online through the Speed Skating Canada registration system.
For more information contact Speed Skate Nova Scotia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Borrow helmets and skates
All skaters participating in lessons must wear a CSA approved multi-impact helmet. Hockey helmets with a face mask offer the best protection against injury. Bicycle helmets are not permitted.
If you don’t have your own helmet, you can borrow a helmet at the Emera Oval for free.
You can also borrow skates on-site (also for free!). The Emera Oval has both speed skates and standard ice skates available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Photo ID is required to borrow either skates or a helmet. If you need to borrow equipment, it is best to turn up an hour or so before your scheduled lesson in order to find the right fit and to ensure that sizes are still available.
Skating lesson checklist
Make sure you have the following equipment and clothing:
- sharpened skates that fit properly
- mittens or gloves
- pants that repel water (and fit tight at the bottom for speed skating lessons)
- warm jacket
- knee pads (for speed skating)
Parents and guardians need to stay onsite when children are participating in lessons. If you are signing up for the family class, a parent/guardian must be on the ice wearing skates and a helmet at all times with the child.