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Learn to skate the correct way at the Bay West Ice Rink Academy
- 8 week Courses
- 1 hour per week
- Professional Coaches
- Skating Session included
- Group Classes from Tots to Adults
The last time the Port Elizabeth had a permanent ice rink was in the 1990s, with the Jadene Ice Rink at the old tramways building near the harbour entrance.
The primary function of the Baywest Mall Ice Skating Rink is to provide a venue for entertainment and social activity, the secondary aim is to identify and grow skating talent within the region so that teams could be formed to put the province on the competitive ice skating map.
The Ice Rink company was formed in 1996 and owns and operates five other ice rinks with four in Gauteng and one in KwaZulu-Natal – Northgate Ice Rink, Festival Mall Ice Rink, Grove Ice Rink and Forest Hill Ice Rink.
The ice rink has medics on standby during peak traffic times, while managers on duty have been trained in first aid.
The Baywest ice rink is “North American-sized”, measuring 27m x 54m – the standard size for South African ice rinks.
The skating academy consists of an eight-week course, teaching people how to skate.
With CCTV and one side of the rink consisting of sheer glass the chances for anti-social or bad behaviour are “absolutely minimal.”
Special discount rates are available to schools, party groups and other ice hockey sports teams. Social skating sessions last from 10am to 5pm and from 7.30pm to 10.30pm or 11pm, with the time from 5pm to 7.30pm set aside for sports and the skating academy.
Parents are able to drop off their children at the rink while they explore the Baywest shops and restaurants, safe in the knowledge that the rink is a safe and secure environment.