Skating session schedules, descriptions and holiday skating information are below.
Skating for ages 18 years and up! Come out and skate Tuesday and Thursday Mornings.
Skating for all ages.
Everyone Welcome $3
What a deal! Anyone can skate! Rentals are $2.00.
Everyone Welcome Stick and Puck
Shared ice to practise your skills. Players must bring a stick and wear a helmet and gloves. Sponge pucks are only $2.00 (deposit required). Games are not allowed.
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).
Parent and Child Skate
Chilren under eight years of age are welcome with their parents/guardians to skate to music and have fun with equipment. NOTE: This skating session becomes Everyone Welcome on Pro-D days and statutory holidays.
Over 50, Over 40 and Lunchtime Duffer Hockey
Co-ed hockey for players and goalies.
Pro D Day Skates
October 22 and November 12, 2021
February 18, 2022.
Thanksgiving Day Skate – Monday, October 11, 2021
Remembrance Day Family Skate – Thursday, November 11, 2021
Family Day Skate – Monday, February 21, 2022.
Winter Holiday Extra Skates
December 21,22,28,29,31, 2022.
Christmas Day Free Skate
December 25, 2021
Admissions and rentals are free.
Boxing Day Skate
December 26, 2021.
New Year’s Day Free Skate
January 1, 2022.
Admissions and rentals are free.
Spring Break Extra Skates (March 21-31, 2022)
Mondays and Thursdays
March 22,24,29,31, 2022.
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 teen program improves their skating and offers the opportunity to learn instructional skills toward opportunities for later employment as a skating instructor.
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:
See the Chek news statement on learn to skate:
Parent & Tot
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.
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.
Prerequisite: Preschool One
This class is for children who can skate independently. Skills include gliding, two-foot jumps, making snow, and walking backwards.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 2021-March 2022
Prime time ice (8:00am-12:00am): $262 per hour + GST + Insurance (see insurance details below)
Non-Prime time ice (12:00am-8:00am): $173 per hour + GST + Insurance (see insurance details below)
Summer (2021) Prime time ice (8:00am-12:00am): $184 per hour + GST + Insurance (see insurance details below)
Summer (2021) Non-Prime time ice (12:00am-8:00am): $114 per hour + GST + Insurance (see insurance details below)
School Skate 2021-2022 (ice rental for an hour, skate rentals, and skate shop staff, insurance included):
- For up to 50 skaters $254 per hour + GST
- For up to 100 skaters $304 per hour + GST
- For up to 150 skaters $354 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 $443 per hour + GST
- For up to 100 skaters $493 per hour + GST
- For up to 150 skaters $543 per hour + GST
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 $195 – One-time rental $25/1.5 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
Dave Hall, Sports Programmer 250-370-7114