Determine your Level

Before registering, please go through our Skill Level-Rating Guide below to determine the skill level and program that is appropriate for you.

Not sure what level to register for? Take a look at our FAQs or reach out to ensure you enroll in the program that will be best for your own growth and that of the group.

Beginner Lessons 1.0-1.5

Offered at all five locations

Just that. The fastest way to learn basic tennis skills and fundamentals. We get you right out to play, rally and score. Take the weekday or weekend programs or drills.

What you will learn: All Beginner Lessons introduce the basic fundamentals of play as well as rules and scoring to get you to serve, rally, and play. You will also be working on developing a full service motion.

How we teach: We use a system of teaching through progressions so tennis is easier, learned faster and play comes sooner.This level is taught with a combination of slower moving low compression balls to insure the learning of the basics. Moving from Beginner to Novice will require 20 hours of practice so that you are able to rally the Low Compression Green Ball 6-8 in a row with a partner at 3/4 court.

Novice Lessons 2.0

Offered at all five locations

For those who have taken a Beginner Program or played the hit-one-or-maybe-two-over-the-net-then-pick-it-up game.

What you will learn: You want to rally and keep the ball in play, serve and make the other person run around as much as you. Focus is on making new skills consistent and old habits resemble tennis strokes. Novice Level Programs introduce full court play.

How we teach: This level is played and taught with low compression balls that allow players to develop strokes and strategies at a slower pace and in a more rewarding environment. Moving from this level to Novice Plus 2.5-3.0 will take 20-25 hours of practice and play (remember it is all a journey). To move onward you and a partner will be able to rally 6-8 times in a row from the baseline. You will have a full service motion and be able to volley at the net.

Novice Plus 2.5

Offered at all five locations

You’ve completed the beginner and novice lessons or have good experience playing the game: you and a partner will be able to rally 6-8 times in a row from the baseline. You will have a full service motion and be able to volley at the net.

What you will learn: Now it’s time to improve upon your foundational skills, moving from low compression balls to the real, neon green ones we all love/loathe. Keeping the ball in play and introducing new strategies from the baseline, to further developing your volley game.

How we will teach: Using crosscourt and down-the-line rally-drills, serves and more serves, and full-court competitive game-play. To move on, you must be able to rally the ball 10-15 times in a row from the baseline (crosscourt and down-the-line), maintain a volley-volley rally 6-8 times in a row, and use a full service motion.

Lower Intermediate 3.0-3.5

Offered at three locations:

  • False Creek

  • Douglas Park

  • Kitsilano

This is the Level of Death: where most recreational tennis players get and stay stuck! To register for this level you must be able to perform the skills in the Novice Plus 2.5-3.0 Level.

What you will learn: This level opens the door to competition, be it just for fun with a friend or entering Tournaments and learning to enjoy the fun of playing an opponent. You will learn how to use footwork and focus to add pace, improve placement and consistency of strokes and serves, adopt an all court game approach and mental toughness.

How we teach: You will receive corrections through game-based drills, full of sweating, running, and doing it again, and again, and again…

Intermediate 4.0 and Beyond

Offered as Private or group lesson at all five locations

Contact Gord to join one of the ongoing groups or set up your individual lesson.

I like to say that this is the level that recreational players can achieve and still have healthy relationships with one another.

This is a much more demanding level than the previous programs. To register, you must be able to consistently hit a forehand with top spin and pace, a slice and flat backhand, an overhead, a lob, both slice and flat volleys, serve a flat and spin serve with pace, keep running around the court chasing down balls for hours (you read that correctly). If this is not your league, it is unfair to the others to register. If you are unsure if this is the correct level for you, please contract Gord first.

What you will learn: How to execute and win with your unique game. Develop the technical and tactical skills that match the playing style you have worked so hard to achieve. Our goal is to get you ready for the summer tournaments from Stanley Park to playing the local court champ.

How we Teach: Hard, very hard. Instructors will not only teach, but we will drill and drill and drill you more.