O’Brien Icehouse offers the most comprehensive range of ice skating lessons in Melbourne. Whether you are a total beginner or a seasoned professional, we have a class and program to suit both kids and adults.

No matter if your ambitions are to be an Olympic figure skater, an NHL ice hockey player or to go as fast as Steven Bradbury in speed skating, Skate School is the place to start. 

Which class is suitable for you? All skaters should start at the beginning. If you have previous professional training, you are welcome to book in an assessment by completing this form

  • Tots 1: For children 5 years old and under with no previous professional lessons
  • Basic 1: For children 6 years to 13 years old with no previous professional lessons
  • Adult 1: For 13 years old plus with no previous professional lessons

Skate School classes run on Wednesday evenings, as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings. O’Brien Icehouse is a member rink of Ice Skating Australia and teaches the accredited Australian Learn to Skate curriculum, Aussie Skate™.



$24 per class x number of weeks per term.

Places in these classes are always in high demand, so we do ask you to pay the full enrolment fee when the classes commence.


Each class is 30 minutes long


Skates, helmets, knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards are available and included
Helmets are compulsory for all Tots 1, Tots 2, Tots 3, Basic 1 and Adult 1 levels


Before committing to a whole term of classes, we strongly recommend that you try ice skating. Click here for all our skating options. There are two requirements to join Skate School: 

  1. You have been skating before 
  2. You can hold your own balance on the ice without holding on to anything or anyone

There are no refunds for a change of heart. Not a beginner and have had professional lessons before? Book an assessment here


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Terms and Conditions
Coaches Profiles
Skate School Pathway
Skate School Information Presentation


Icehouse Skate School run development camps in April, July, September and January school holiday periods.

The holiday camps run Monday – Friday from 8:15am until 4:15pm. The kids will be on the ice 10+hrs with off ice activities and lunch provided.


  • 2020 March 30th – April 3rd – Cancelled
  • 2020 June 29th – July 3rd
  • 2020 September 28th – October 2nd
  • 2021 January 18th – 22nd


Due to the high demand for our classes we require full upfront payment before the start of each term

Yes, we supply you with skates if you do not have your own. We also have helmets, knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards if you wish to wear them. They are not mandatory.

Helmets are compulsory for Tots 1, Tots 2, Tots 3, Basic 1 and Adult 1 classes.

Unfortunately, we do not do make up classes.

However, each enrollment includes two additional Public Session passes. You are welcome to use these passes in lieu of the class you have missed to come and practice. Passes expire at the end of each term.

The ONLY reasons we refund are for medical reasons. The presentation of a doctor’s certificate is required.

Yes, you are more than welcome to go for a skate before and/or after your Skate School lesson if there is a session available.

Wednesdays, the public skating session ends at 3:45pm. From 4:00pm-5:00pm & 6:45pm-7:45pm, we allocate a practice area and students are welcome to practice is the designated area.

Saturdays, the Public Session starts at 11am. Prior to 11am we allocate a practice area and students are welcome to practice is the designated area.

Sundays, the Public Session starts at 9am on Bradbury Rink. Since Skate School is on Henke Rink, students are welcome to practice on Bradbury Rink from 9am.

If there are 3 or more in a family enrolling for Skate School, a 10% discount will be applied from the 3rd student onwards.

You will need to go to Ticketing for them to issue you a replacement card at a fee of $2.

You enrollment is non-transferable and is only valid for the access card holder.


Whether you’re watching other skaters cut the ice or refuelling after cutting some yourself, the Igloo café has you covered.

If you want to grab and go, pick up a sandwich, pastry, wraps, pies, sausages or hot dogs. Got a bit more time? Our made-to-order menu features burgers, fish and chips, soup, classic Canadian Poutine and more.

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Want our menu in your pocket? The AirService app is here and ready for you to order from anywhere within the Arena.

Opening hours (Term time)
Monday: 10am – 4pm
Tuesday: 10am – 9pm
Wednesday: 10am – 8pm
Thursday: 10am – 4pm
Friday: 10am – 9pm
Saturday: 9am – 9pm
Sunday: 9am – 6pm

Opening Hours (All other times)
Monday: 9am – 6pm
Tuesday: 9am – 9pm
Wednesday: 9am – 6pm
Thursday: 9am – 6pm
Friday: 9am – 9pm
Saturday: 9am – 9pm
Sunday: 9am – 6pm

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