Before the invention of curling, brooms were relegated to boring, everyday tasks such as sweeping up after messy cave visitors and pounding the ceiling to silence the noisy velociraptors upstairs. Celebrate the broom’s athletic endeavours with today’s Groupon: for $19, you get a two-hour Learn to Curl class from Rock Solid Productions (a $40 value). Choose from the following locations: Oshawa Curling Club, Richmond Hill Curling Club, and The Royal Canadian Curling Club in Toronto.
Classes take place on the following dates:
- Saturday, October 22 at The Royal Canadian Curling Club at the following times:
- 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
- Saturday, October 29 at the Richmond Hill Curling Club at the following times:
- 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
- 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
- Saturday, October 29 at the Oshawa Curling Club the following times:
- 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
- 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Rock Solid Productions introduces nascent stone-throwers of all ages to the fundamentals of curling with Learn to Curl classes helmed by Canadian curling champions and internationally accredited coaches. During the two-hour sessions, experienced instructors expound upon the basics of the game, teaching techniques and strategies such as proper broom-handling skills and how to avoid thieving witches looking for a new ride. Students glide through drills and exercises that bulk up confidence muscles and ready brain-control centres for game scenarios. Once the essentials have been absorbed, participants slap on their game faces and employ their newly hatched skills during a friendly curling match, trouncing fellow granite-lobbers and unleashing inner human zambonis as they sweep the icy catwalk clear for incoming lapidary pancakes. Pupils should swaddle feet in clean running shoes and loose-fitting clothing to enable unfettered movement. As rink temperatures can coax chatters from even the most taciturn of teeth, fledgling curlers can also opt to bring along jackets, mittens, or personal bear-huggers to stave off the cold.
Rock Solid Productions
Curling is in Chad McMullan’s blood. After spending his childhood Sundays watching his parents compete at their favourite Winnipeg rink, Chad carried on the family tradition, notching victories in multiple World Curling Tour outings, two appearances in Canadian national championships, and one imaginary sleepover with the Governor-General over the course of his career. After stints as Executive Director of the World Curling Tour and World Curling Players' Association, Chad brought his icy know-how to Rock Solid Productions, which applies curling’s fundamental team-building qualities to everything from business retreats to beginner’s lessons. The group’s in-school training program introduces curling to 100,000 students each year, helping Chad share his childhood love of the game with the next generation of competitors.