So you've taken a beginner curling class and are ready for more? Maybe you're already a curlers and you're looking to improve your skills? Read on!
We have added specific intermediate lessons to our calendar in an effort to give curlers a chance to improve specific skills. These lessons will include off ice work, on ice application, individual evaluation and assistance, drills, and more.
About the Lesson
Each lesson will be two hours and will run regardless of the number of participants. As long as one person registers, we will be there to teach! However, we would encourage you, if you are considering registering, talk to friends, family, teammates, or anyone else about joining you. These lessons are a lot more fun when you have someone to learn with you.
When are the Lessons?
We will host six Intermediate Curling Lessons throughout our season. All lessons take place on Saturday afternoons. Each lesson will deal with a specific set of skills, so choose the one you are interested in, or register for them all! Details about each lesson are below. Click on the date and lesson you are interested in to be redirected to the registration page.
October 15, 2022 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm - Slide and Delivery *Date Changed to October 29th*
Please note the cancellation of the original Slide and Delivery Lesson date - January 14th
- Slide and Delivery Lesson - This lesson focuses specifically on slide, balance, grip, release, and delivery. This lesson is also a fantastic place to discuss weight control and consistency. If any of these skills cause you issue in your game, this lesson is an excellent place for you! This lesson is a mixture of group instruction and individual evaluation.
- Sweeping, Rock Management, and Team Communication Lesson - As the title suggests, this is an action packed lesson that deals with many different things. Depending on the group, this lesson will focus on sweeping technique, rock judgement and management down the ice, team roles, and communication down the ice. This lesson also works as a place to work on the different takeout weights and the communication of these weights down the ice. Sarah has created a drill that is excellent for team communication, line calling, and rock management.
- Strategy Lesson - This lesson focuses on basic strategy. If you are a new or inexperinced skip, or simply a member of a team who wants to have a better understanding of the game, this is the place for you! This lesson is a mix of an off ice presentation that discusses strategy and gives you a chance to practice and discuss it, followed by on-ice application of the newly learned skills. This lesson tends to be very conversation heavy, and less focused on actual sliding and throwing, so if you are looking for more chances to practice your sliding and sweeping, one of the first two lessons would be better.
If the above dates don't work for you or if you are looking for help with a skill not outlined above, please don't give up on us! It is also an option to contact the club and arrange a Private or Group Lesson at your convenience.
If you're looking for something more long term and structured, consider our brand new Adult Learn to Curl Program.
Each lesson is $25.00 + GST for each participant. Your $25.00 gets you a two hour lesson with qualified instructors and all necessary curling equipment if you do not have your own.
Who Can Join?
Anyone! Anyone and everyone over the age of 18. These lessons are open to Avonair members and non-members alike.
We have designed our programs specifically for people over the age of 18 years. If you have a child that is interested in improving their curling skills, please reach out to us via email or phone and we will do our best to accommodate.
Curling has also made many improvements in the last couple of decades to broaden the accessibility of the sport. If crouching down and sliding seems impossible, stick curling is an option. This keeps the participant upright at all times. The Avonair Curling Club is also the home club to the Edmonton Rocks Wheelchair League.
What do I Need to Bring?
The Avonair will provide all curling equipment required for the lesson if you do not have your own. All participants are responsible for bringing clean, indoor running shoes and appropriate clothing. The best clothing is long, stretchy pants of some kind (tights, sweatpants, track pants etc) and layers on top. While the temperature in the rink is not arctic, it is an ice rink and can get cold. It's far better to have the layers and not need them, than the other way around.
Gloves and hats are permitted, but please ensure that any gloves do not have fuzz or sparkles that will fall onto the ice during the lesson.
Helmets are not mandatory for participants over the age of 12, but are always encouraged at each participant's discretion.
If you have your own equipment, disregard the above paragraph.
Please note: Clean shoes are mandatory. It is extremely important that shoes worn outside in the snow, water, and gravel not come on to our curling ice. If a participant comes to a lesson with inappropriate shoes, it is likely that they will be unable to participate on the ice.
Where are we Located?
10607 Princess Elizabeth Avenue NW, Edmonton - in the Kingsway Mall Parking Lot
Conveniently we are directly across from the NAIT LRT Station if you choose to take public transit. If you do drive, we have plenty of parking outside our facility.
We hope that we have convinced you to come out and give us a chance! See you on the ice!