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Anyone of any age or physical ability can learn to curl, and the San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club offers several different ways to do it!

Curling Clinics

"Ready, Set, Curl!"

This is the perfect introduction to curling! In two hours, you'll learn the rules of the game, basic stone throwing and sweeping techniques and play a mini-game (as space and time permit.) After this, you'll be ready to play in a league. (It's also a great skills refresher for beginner and returning curlers!)

Find out more about Curling Clinics


Lesson Series

Meet new friends and become a pro quickly!

Our curling lessons are a lot of fun and a great way to meet new people. There also a quick way to learn to curl well! Past lesson series have produced first year curlers able to compete in national events.

Lesson series are offered most seasons depending on demand. They range in length from 3 to 6 weeks, with classes meeting one night per week for 2 to 3 hours. So far, we've offered beginner and advanced beginner lessons and we hope some day to offer intermediate and advanced. We're also working with local universities to develop a college program.

Classes are taught by expert instructors; we have many US Curling Association Certified Level 1 and 2 instructors in our club, as well as several members with elite curling experience at Olympic Trials, US Nationals, US Mixed Nationals, US Club Nationals and the Canadian Men's Nationals ("The Brier.")

Typical class format

  • Off-ice - 1 hour

    • ½ hour of off-ice instruction
    • ½ hour of stretching and ice prep
  • On-ice - 2 hours
    • 1 hour of technique training
    • 1 hour of coached games

Topics Covered

  • Beginner Lessons

    • What is curling?
    • Delivery (how to throw the stones)
    • Sweeping
    • Strategy
    • Team skills (communication signals and other tricks for better results)
    • Etiquette and rules (as with golf, etiquette is an important part of curling)
  • Advanced Beginner Lessons and Intermediate
    • Improved technique in delivery and sweeping
    • Video analysis
    • Strategy
    • Advanced Team Skills (example: long and short timing to improve sweep judgment and draw weight)

Lesson Levels - Sometimes we refer to lesson levels. These are a general guide as to what the course will cover and who it might be geared towards, but in practical terms, all lessons are tailored to meet the needs and wants of that specific class. Here's a general idea as to how we, at the SFBACC, classify skill levels:

  • Level 1a - Novice/Beginner - ranges from totally new curlers to those who have curled a bit but want a basic refresher
  • Level 1b - Advanced Beginner - have curled for a little while, but still developing basic foundation skills
  • Level 2 - Intermediate - working to compete at "Club Nationals" level
  • Level 3 - Advanced Intermediate - competing successfully at "Club Nationals" level
  • Level 4 - Advanced - competing successfully at national level
  • Level 5 - Elite - competing successfully at international level
  • Costs:

    The price for lessons is typically about $20 - $30 per 2 hour session (e.g., $100 for a 4 week series.)

    Lessons as gifts:

    Curling lessons make a great gift for friends and family! Find out more

    Upcoming lesson series:

    To register for an upcoming lesson series visit the lessons registration page. Questions? Contact lessons@bayareacurling.com.

    Continued Training

    Instructional Leagues

    Anyone at any skill level can join our leagues, including players just completing a lesson series. Upon request, the league's drawmaster will arrange teams so that newer curlers play with more experienced curlers who coach them as they go. Some leagues also include practice time.

    Find out more about leagues