Skating

Skating session schedules, descriptions and holiday skating information are below.

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Daily Schedules

Tuesday

10:00am - 11:30am
Adult Skate (Sept 20-May 16)Oak Bay Recreation Centre
6:30pm - 7:45pm
$3 Everyone Welcome Skate (Oct 4-March 28)Oak Bay Recreation Centre

Thursday

10:00am - 11:30am
Adult Skate (Sept 22-May 18)Oak Bay Recreation Centre

Friday

8:15pm - 9:30pm
Everyone Welcome & Stick and Puck Skate (Oct 7-March 31)Oak Bay Recreation Centre

Saturday

7:45pm - 9:00pm
Everyone Welcome Skate (Oct 8-Apr 1)*Oak Bay Recreation Centre

Sunday

1:30pm - 2:45pm
Family Skate (Oct 2-Apr 2)Oak Bay Recreation Centre
3:00pm - 4:15pm
Everyone Welcome (Sept 11-Aug 27)Oak Bay Recreation Centre
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Parent and Child Hockey (Oct 4-Mar 28)Oak Bay Recreation Centre

 

 

Public Skating
Skating Session Descriptions

Adult Skate

Skating for ages 18 years and up! Come out and skate Tuesday and Thursday Mornings.

Everyone Welcome    

Skating for all ages.

Everyone Welcome $3 

What a deal! Anyone can skate! Rentals are $2.00. This offer is only for Tuesday evenings from 6:30-7:45pm. 

Everyone Welcome Stick and Puck

Shared ice to practice your skating or hockey skills. Players must bring a stick and wear a helmet and gloves for the Stick and Puck section. Sponge pucks are only $2.00 (deposit required). Goalies and games are not allowed.

Summer Stick and Puck

Drop-in to practice your skills. Players must bring a stick and wear a helmet and gloves. Hard pucks allowed. Participants under 18 must also have full face shield. No goalies or games (stick and puck is for individual skill development).

Summer Saturdays Stick and Puck

•    All Participants pay at the front reception till
•    All Participants must wear helmet, hockey gloves, and skates and have their own hockey stick.
•    Participants under 18 must wear a full face shield.
•    No Goalies
•    No Games (stick and puck is for individual skill development)
•    We highly recommend that participants under 12 are accompanied on the ice with a paid adult.
•    No Slap shots 
•    No shooting at side boards
•    No shooting at the net when a fellow participant is retrieving the puck from the net.
•    Hard pucks provided
Have Fun!

Parent and Child Hockey 

Sponge puck hockey with a special area for beginners. Parents must be on the ice with children. Helmet with a mask must be worn by children. Admission includes one adult and up to two children and children's rentals. Sponge pucks are only $2.00 (deposit required). 

Over 40, Over 50, Over 60 and Lunchtime Duffer Hockey

Co-ed hockey for players and goalies. 

Pro D Day and Holiday Skates

Pro D Day Skates

1:30-3:00pm

October 21, November 14, 2022

February 17, 2023

Holiday Skates

1:00-3:00pm

Thanksgiving Day Skate – Monday, October 10, 2022.

Remembrance Day Skate – Friday, November 11, 2022.

Family Day Skate – Monday, February 20, 2023.

Winter Holiday Extra Skates 

1:30-3:00pm
December 20, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29 and 30, 2022.

Christmas Day Free Skate

1:00-3:30pm
December 25.
Admissions and rentals are free.

Boxing Day Skate

12:30-2:00pm
December 26.

New Year’s Day Free Skate  

12:30-2:00pm
January 1, 2023
Admissions and rentals are free.

Spring Break Extra Skates  (March 20-31, 2023)

1:30-3:00pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays
March 21, 23, 28, and 30 

 

Learn to Skate
About Learn to Skate

Introducing Greater Victoria’s Active Communities Learn to Skate Program at Oak Bay.

Recreation Oak Bay’s Learn to Skate program is for children and teens who want to improve their skating. The Learn to Skate program caters to preschool and school-aged children and teens at any level who are wanting to improve their skating in a fun and motivating way.

The Greater Victoria Active Communities Learn to Skate Program is offered at all seven municipalities of Greater Victoria. The Learn to Skate Program has been streamlined and designed so that any preschool or school-aged child can have their accomplishments transferred from centre to centre. This program is a badge incentive program that emphasizes the importance of comprehensive feedback through report cards. Our Skate Team Leader is on the ice during all lesson times and can answer your questions about lessons and your child’s progress.

The skater-to-instructor ratio on the ice ensures that the skaters will learn and improve their skating skills.

CSA-approved helmets and gloves are mandatory for the lessons. Helmets are available at no charge from the Skate Shop.

Active Communities Learn to Skate program was created as an initiative to standardize the recreational component of learning to skate. 

To register your community, please print off the information form, fill it out and email it to the Learn to Skate Program Representative.

Download Active Communities Learn to Skate Program Materials:

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Download the Sign Up Sheet

Download the Information Package

Download Program Materials

Download Program Materials

See the Chek news statement on learn to skate:

Preschool Skating Lesson Descriptions

Parent & Tot

No Prerequisite

Two-Four years of age.

First-time skaters will get comfortable on the ice with an adult who is comfortable on skates. The adult will be given tools and skills to assist their child in accomplishing the basics of skating. The instructor will circulate within the class to assist the group.

Skills adults will work on with their child are: balancing on two feet, touching toes, marching, falling down and getting up! Participants must wear skates and CSA helmets.

Preschool One

No Prerequisite

This class utilizes a 1:4 instructor-to-participant ratio to ensure that the child builds confidence and has fun on the ice. Participants will be taught basic skating skills, including balancing on two feet, touching toes, walking forward, marching, and falling down and getting up. Parent and Tot is not a prerequisite.

Preschool Two

Prerequisite: Preschool One

This class is for children who can skate independently. Skills include gliding, two-foot jumps, making snow, and walking backwards.

Preschool Three

Prerequisite: Preschool Two

Children will learn skills in this course including v-pushes, one-foot gliding, two-foot jump while gliding, walking backwards with some glide, two-foot quarter turns on the spot, and stopping.

Preschool Four

Prerequisite: Preschool Three

Children will learn skills in this course including two-foot glides on a curve, walking cross cuts, backward sculling, and backward stopping.

Children's Skating Lesson Descriptions

Skate One

No Prerequisite

This class is 30 minutes. This class is for children who do not have a lot of skating experience. It utilizes a 1:5 Instructor-to-participant ratio to ensure that your child builds confidence on the ice. Skills covered are forward gliding, marching forward, making snow, falling down and getting up, and walking backward.

Skate Two

Prerequisite: Skate One

This class is for children who can skate independently. Skills covered: forward sculling, one-foot forward glides, stopping, walking backwards with some glide, and two-foot half turns on the spot.

Skate Three

Prerequisite: PreSchool One or Preschool Four

Children will learn skills including one-foot glides on a curve, forward walking cross cuts, backward skating and sculling, two-foot backward glide to one foot, and snowplow stop.

Skate Four

Prerequisite: Skate Three

Children will learn skills in this course including two-foot stop, forward crosscuts, turning forward to backward and backward to forward, and two-foot jump in a glide backward.

Skate Five

Prerequisite: Skate Four

Children will learn skills in this course including backward Mohawk turn, two-foot stop in both directions, one-foot jump gliding forward, fast backward start and fast forward start from back stop.

Skate Six

Prerequisite: Skate Five

Learn to Skate Six introduces advanced skating skills while continuing to focus on and enhance acquired skills. This class allows participants the opportunity to request specific skills they would like to focus on during unstructured practice time with instructor supervision.

Arena Ice Rentals

Looking to rent the ice at Recreation Oak Bay? To view Arena Ice availability, click on the Arena Calendar.

Current Ice Rental Rates

September 2022-March 2023

Prime time ice (8:00am-12:00am): $268 per hour + GST + Insurance (see insurance details below)

Non-Prime time ice (12:00am-8:00am): $177 per hour + GST + Insurance (see insurance details below)

May-August 2023

Summer (2023) Prime time ice (8:00am-12:00am): $188 per hour + GST + Insurance (see insurance details below)

Summer (2023) Non-Prime time ice (12:00am-8:00am): $117 per hour + GST + Insurance (see insurance details below)

School Skate 2022-2023 (ice rental for an hour, skate rentals, and skate shop staff, insurance included):

  • For up to 50 skaters $261 per hour + GST
  • For up to 100 skaters $315555 per hour + GST
  • For up to 150 skaters $368 per hour + GST

Private Family/Party Skate (ice rental for an hour, skate rentals, and skate shop staff, insurance included):

  • For up to 50 skaters $452 per hour + GST
  • Please add $49 for an additional 50 skaters + GST

Insurance Requirements

Users wishing to rent the ice arena will need to provide proof of insurance for a minimum of 3 million dollars’ liability, with the District of Oak Bay added under the list of additionally insured.

Alternatively for Adult Renters only – Users can request insurance be added to the contract.
Costs are: Full season $165 – One-time rental $35/1.5 hr

Groups that will have youth participants (ages 18 years and younger) must provide their own third-party proof of insurance.

 

To rent the ice, please contact:

Caroline Lawrence, Sports Coordinator 250-370-7113

Ben Orr, Sports Programmer 250-370-7114