When in doubt, read these first:
How do I determine my level?
Tennis levels are often a very personal judgement. It is best that after the Beginner or Novice Levels that players carefully read the description of what skills are required of players and what they should already have learned for the Levels Novice Plus and above. The skills and the performance are a layered progression. Please consult our Skill Level Guide before to determine what program is best suited for your current ability.
If you have most of one level then move on—if you do not, stay and learn. It takes around 1530 minutes of skills repetition to become a very good player. That is practice. The math is daunting and so we have "The Game for Life", with no parole.
How do I register for a class?
You can register for a class in one of three ways:
IN PERSON: Choose the program from the schedule for the Centre where you wish to play. Write down the Program Number and Level. Example: False Creek Beginner 1.0-1.5 Program Number 89813. Go to the Community Centre and register. Method of payment: cash, credit card, or cheque.
BY PHONE: Choose the program from the schedule for the Centre where you wish to play. Write down the Program Number and Level. Call the number of the Community Centre and register. Methods of payment: Credit Card.
ONLINE: Choose the Community Centre and program you wish to register from our Adult or Kids’ Programs. Click on the “Register” button on the page and you will be taken to the Park Board Registration System. In the upper right hand click on "Create an Account" and follow the prompts. The site is sometimes difficult to navigate—be patient or choose way 1 or 2. Method of payment: Credit card.
how many lessons will i get?
Skill level and schedule offerings will differ at each Community Centre, but all adult programs total 10 hours of play over 4-5 sessions. These programs take place through various scheduling formats on weekdays in the daytime and evenings as well as on weekends.
Lessons and drill programs for all levels generally take place twice a week on either:
Monday & Wednesday
Tuesday & Thursday
Saturday & Sunday
Skill level and schedule offerings will differ at each Community Centre.
do i need to bring my own racquet?
We are able to provide racquets to be used in class for all levels of play, be it for adults or children.
what if it rains?
Rain is, of course, a near constant part of life in Vancouver. And public tennis largely takes place outdoors, where it does indeed rain. Being as such, anything above a light misting of rain will result in a class being cancelled—however, we will reschedule any rained-out classes in accordance to the format of the particular program. This goes for adult and kid programs. Please check our Weather Updates on wet days to see if your class has been rained out.
Should the rain persist and persist, then your Community Centre will offer a refund for any cancelled classes that cannot be made-up.
The one exception to this rule is for Kids’ Summer Camps, where our programs include a variety of other activities, outings, and—depending on the location—access to an indoor gym. Our Summer Camps run (and are fun) rain or shine.
do you do privates?
We offer private lessons for adult individuals or groups, as well as for children ages 9 and up (parental supervision not required). You can find out more about privates and how to arrange your next appointment for fun here.