Learn To Curl FAQs
When are classes taught?
The Orange County Curling Club teaches classes whenever ice is available -- for example, in 2011, we've offered at least one class every month through July, August classes are being planned as this is written, and there will likely be two classes in September.
How can I find out about your next class?
The best way is to sign up for our mailing list. There are two easy ways to do that:
- Go to our sign up page, and enter your email address. You'll be added to our mailing list.
- Look for the sign-up box on every page on our site, and enter your eMail address
You will receive a confirmation email, be sure to click on the "join" link. The Orange County Curling Club takes your privacy seriously. Your email address will not be shared with anyone else.
What should I wear?
Shoes with a flat, soft sole are best (Tennis Shoes are fine). Warm, loose clothing. Shorts are not a good idea. Dressing in layers is a good idea. It's cold when you're on the ice, but sweeping and delivering stones is vigorous. Sandals are not acceptable for curling and you will not be allowed to participate without proper footwear.
Do I need any special equipment?
Everything you need for the class will be provided. If you have fun and decide to join us again, everything you need will be provided.
Am I too young or too old?
Probably not. There is no official age limit. We do ask that minors be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The main limitation is the ability to slide a stone 114 feet down the ice (that is much easier than it sounds).
Who are the instructors?
In many cases, the instructors are people just like you who came to a Learn to Curl class and found they enjoyed it. All of our instructors are volunteers. Many are Certified by the U.S. Curling Association. Some have been curling for decades. Most have taught a number of classes.
What is covered in the class?
The class starts with a short video that explains the rules and the Spirit of Curling. We also talk about the history of the sport, safety (we will after all be on the ice) and answer any questions. Then we divide into groups and go out on the ice. Here we cover the basic curling skills. Then we play against another group from the same class. On the ice, we usually have one instructor for every six students, or less.
I took the class, now what?
Come play! Remember the "Spirit of Curling?" Because the Orange County Curling Club is new, most of us remember our first matches very well, and we enjoy sharing our sport with new players. Most league nights there are teams that need substitute players, and this is a great way to get in the game without having to commit to a whole league. From time to time, we try to offer "Beginner's drop-in" Curling where teams are chosen and you play against others with similar experience, and we also have "Beginner's Leagues" when time is available. Or, you can take the class and then sign up for the League. That's what most of the club members did.