Getting Started

Curling Canada has recently produced several great videos to give folks that are new to the sport some insight on what it is, what it takes, and how to learn to be a curler.  We have included a selection of these below, but be sure to check out their About Curling page as well as their YouTube Channel for more videos and information including a gear guide for those looking to curl on a regular basis!

Now, we all know that there is a big difference between watching a video and putting it into action so when you finally decide you want to step out on the ice and give it a try, be sure to contact us and we will do our best to find someone to show you the ropes in person!

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m looking to give curling a try.  What equipment do I need to bring?

For those looking to step out on the ice for the first time, the only things you need are a clean pair of indoor shoes (running shoes work best), warm clothing, and pants with a bit of stretch to them such as jogging pants.

Why do I need clean, indoor shoes?

Well, the salt and sand that works so well to melt road ice and give it more grip has the same effect on curling ice.  Except that we like to keep our ice frozen and slippery!

How much warm clothing do I need?

That depends on the individual, but the air temperature out in the ice shed is usually in the range of 0 to 5°C so you can judge your clothing accordingly.  Just make sure you’re still able to move around in those layers!

Do I need my own broom and slider?

No, we have plenty of brooms and sliders available for your use.  If you decide to start curling regularly, we can certainly show you where to get equipment of your own!

Does each curler bring their own curling rocks?

No, the rocks belong to the curling club and stay on the ice all season.

Are there any learn to curl programs at the club?

We do have a junior curling program at the club where kids can come out and learn how to curl over the course of a full season.

While we don’t currently have any official programs for adult curlers, we do host open houses at the start and end of each season where people can come in and try curling for free.  We will also do what we can during the season to provide a volunteer instructor for groups of people looking for a lesson in the basics of the sport.

I’m interested in signing up for some of the curling leagues at the club.  What does the club have to offer?

That’s great news!  We have many different curling leagues to offer you, depending on what you’re looking for.  You can check out our Leagues page for information on all the leagues we have.  If you still have some unanswered questions, be sure to contact our Membership Director.  They will be able to point you in the right direction!

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