Junior Blues Skating Private Lessons

Private and semi-private lessons are offered in 30-minute sessions and are tailored to your child’s specific needs. Times and locations may be selected from the pre-set classes. There are two types of private lessons (learn to skate and power skating) based on coach and ice availability.

Please ensure that you register for the correct lesson as power skating lessons can only be conducted at select times. Unfortunately requests for particular instructors cannot be accommodated. Registration for private lessons closes after the first week and additional classes will not be added.

Semi-privates may also be available for a maximum of two children at the same level. Start by registering one child for the private lesson and place the second child on the waitlist. Contact us at junior.blues@utoronto.ca to complete the registration. Private lessons cost $38/half hour class; Semi-privates cost $28/half hour class per child. Semi-private lessons are available for a maximum of two children with the same skating ability. Please register one child for a private lesson and waitlist the second child for the same lesson. Then, contact us at junior.blues@utoronto.ca to arrange for the lesson to be changed to a semi-private format.


Children registering in Introductory Skating for the first time must be able to stand up and take a few steps on dry ground while wearing skates (with skate guards). This helps to ensure that they have the necessary ankle strength and beginning balance to have a successful experience in class.

We ask that prior to the start of class parents help their children to practice putting on the skates and standing up to become familiar with the sensation.

SPRING & SUMMER 2018 Program Information


Please note that our Junior Blues Skating program does not run during the Spring and Summer 2018 sessions.

Frequently Asked Questions Introductory & Junior Skating

How do I enter the facility?
All skating classes are held at Varsity Centre. Enter through the Pavilion at the south end. Participants must pick up a facility access pass on the first day of classes and are required to show the pass when entering the facility. Please ensure that you leave enough time to pick up your access pass and get to class on time for the first day.

Please remember the pass if you leave the facility for any reason.

What is the minimum age?
All children must be a minimum of four by the first day of class.

What should my child wear and bring?

  • Participants must supply their own skates. Please ensure that skates are properly fitted and sharpened. Skates can be either figure skates or hockey skates. Plastic skates with buckles are not recommended. Bobskates or two bladed skates are not permitted.
  • Helmets are mandatory for Introductory Skating, Junior Skating and Power Skating. Helmets must be CSA approved and full face masks are strongly recommended. Bike helmets are not acceptable.
  • Participants in Introductory Skating and/or Junior Skating should wear splash pants and mitts or gloves.

Can classes be observed?
Parents must remain in Varsity Arena while classes are in progress
to supervise any needed washroom breaks. Only participants are allowed on the ice.

What skills are being taught?
U of T follows a six level learn to skate curriculum, three levels are included in the Introductory Skate program and three levels in the Junior Skate program. The Instructor will asses your child and work on their progression through the levels. If you would like them to focus on a particular skill please let us know at junior.blues@utoronto.ca.

Can I make up a missed private lesson?
No, missed lessons can not be made up without a doctor's note.


Skating classes are held at the Varsity Centre. Check your receipt to ensure you know where the class is being held.

Change room and washroom location information may be found here.