Getting Started at the VCC


New to Curling FAQ     |     Curling 101     |     Curling Etiquette

This page will guide you through questions you may have about the Vancouver Curling Club (VCC), the leagues and what you need to get started. Please take a moment to also use the links above to learn more about how to have a great game of curling every time you're out on the ice.

"How can I learn about curling?"

  • New curlers are encouraged to try the game as part of one of our open house events, basic skills clinics and learn-to-curl programs or as part of a rental group.
  • The VCC provides open houses in September, December and March for club members, friends, family and neighbours of members, and any interested community members. Check out the VCC Event Calendar for more info.
  • The VCC also offers a Novice League that includes:
    • Instruction: five weeks covering the basics of delivery, sweeping, strategy, rules and etiquette;  
    • Exhibition game: on week 6, so everyone can get comfortable out on the ice;
    • Post-instruction: season runs for 16 weeks; and
    • Wrap up: three-week playoff to determine the league champion.

"How much does it cost to curl at the Vancouver Curling Club?"

  • The cost to curl is determined by the respective leagues.
  • Check out VCC Leagues for contact info for all the leagues at the VCC.

"What should I wear to curl? What type of equipment do I need to get started?"

  • Curling equipment consists of shoes and brooms. Wear clean, flat-soled shoes and layered, loose clothing.
  • New curlers can use a rubber gripper that fits over shoes to provide better traction on the ice.
  • Rental brooms are available in the ice shed by donation ($2+ suggested donation per use).

"How can I improve my game?"

  • Open Ice is scheduled practice time dedicated for VCC members only. Click here for Open Ice practice times.
  • The VCC offers curling lessons and clinics throughout the year. Click here for more info.
  • The VCC can pair you/your team with an experienced coach for one-on-one advice, who can provide advice and guidance on strategy, equipment, technique, etc. and help teams feel welcome. Email Richard at if you would like to be paired with a mentor or be a mentor.

"Are bonspiels only for expert curlers?"

  • Most bonspiels offered by the VCC or individual leagues are open to all skill levels, and perfect for new players to meet new friends.