The Newsletter

Each month, we update this newsletter that describes our Learn to Play Tennis activities for the month. The newsletter gives the location of the Learn to Play Tennis lessons, as well as days, times and costs.

The South Cowichan Lawn Tennis Club is seasonal and operates from mid May until mid September.  Read this newsletter for the Learn to Play Tennis Camps and lessons that we offer at the club.

Arbutus Tennis and Golf Club operates an indoor tennis facility year round. Read this newsletter for the Learn to Play Tennis activities that we offer at Arbutus Ridge.

Many tennis students participate in lessons at Arbutus Ridge during the winter and then switch to learning tennis in the tennis camps offered at SCLTC. Although it is not necessary to join the club to participate in the tennis camps, many students become members. There is no additional charge for student membership when parents or grandparents are club members. Please refer to the membership page.

To receive an emailed copy of this newsletter, please send your request to [email protected].

October 2020 newsletter

Hi all, 

We are very excited to have our Learn to Play Tennis Lessons at Arbutus Ridge Tennis Bubble.

Schedule and Fees

Please note:

  • New times and fees for each month. Each lesson is for one and a half hours. 
  • For Saturday lessons, the first lesson begins at 11:00 and ends at 12:25, not 12:30. And the second lesson begins at 12:35 and ends at 2:00. The time between 12:25 and 12:35 ensures that all students in the first group are out of the bubble before any students from the second group arrive. It also gives us time to clean in between the lessons.
  • Fees are $25.00 per hour with maximum 4 students per coach. Each 1.5 hour lesson costs $37.50. Fees include Arbutus Ridge court fees, taxes, equipment as required, and coaches.

Saturdays,  Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Time: 11:00 - 12:25

Age group: 8 - 11 years old using red/orange balls

October fee: $187.50 (5 x $37.50)

Saturdays,  Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Time: 12:35 - 2:00

Age group: 11 years old and up using green dot and regular green balls

October fee: $187.50 (5 x $37.50)

Sundays, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25 

Time: 3:30 - 5:00

Age group: 6 - 9 years old using red balls

October fee: $150.00 (4 x $37.50)

Wednesdays, October 7, 14, 21, 28 

Time: 3:30 - 5:00

Age group: 12 years old and up

October fee: $150.00 (4 x $37.50)

Your Safety 

We appreciate your continuing support in ensuring your children's safety while having their tennis lessons.

Prior to the lesson

  • Have your children wait outside of the bubble until a coach greets them for the start of the lesson. They should physically distance. We will ask them the standard COVID questions.
  • Have them use the hand sanitizer outside the bubble.
  • Please do not enter the bubble yourself. The coffee shop and washrooms are open in the main building. 

Inside the bubble and during the lesson

  • Students use hand sanitizer in the foyer of the bubble.
  • Students participate in a group of 4 with one coach for the entire lesson. The coach and group members will not change during the lesson, but could change from one lesson to the next.
  • Students use only their personal water bottles.
  • Students touch racquets when saying thankyou. They do not high - five, hug, or shake hands.

|At the end of the lesson

  • Students immediately leave the lesson. They will not visit with each other.
  • On their way out, students sanitize their hands both in the foyer and outside the door of the bubble.
  • You meet them outside immediately following the lesson.


Please register as soon as possible. There is a maximum of 12 students per lesson (4 students per court and coach).

To register, please email me with the following information:

  • Class time and day
  • Child's name and age
  • Your contact information - phone, and additional emails and phone numbers as applicable
  • Any other info that would help us meet your child's needs


At the first lesson, please pay by exact monthly amount of cash or cheque made out to Art Hobbs and placed in an envelope marked with your child's name, or e-transfer to Art Hobbs.


All the safety preparations and precautions ensure that we have lots of fun out there on the court. 

Thanks all.  We are really looking forward to seeing your children enjoy and improve in the lessons. 


Private and semi-private lessons

Please contact Art directly to set up private and semi-private lessons. 

Art (250 634 - 2007)




[email protected]


September 2020 newsletter

Hi all, 

You are part of a bcc list.

Thank you for a great summer

Thank you to all students, parents and guardians, and coaches for a wonderful safe and enjoyable summer of tennis lessons and camps. We thank all of you for your thoughtful and dedicated attention to following the COVID-19 safety procedures put in place for our lessons. We will continue to work together to ensure that we maintain physical distancing, wash and sanitize our hands, use our own equipment, and touch racquets rather than shaking hands, high-fiving or hugging.

We also thank South Cowichan Lawn Tennis Club (SCLTC) and Arbutus Ridge Tennis for opening their courts to us during this summer.

There are many many young players in our area now. These include 55 students who participated in our Learn to Play Tennis camps at SCLTC and 80 who participated in the Tennis and Golf Camps at Arbutus Ridge.

September plans

For the month of September, please set up tennis lessons directly with Art and cc to me. This will ensure that your children can safely continue their lessons at times that work for you. We know that some children will be available during week days for lessons. If you prefer to have your children in a group of 4, and have fewer than those numbers, we will do our best to have additional children who would work well in the group. 

Costs for lessons

  • 4 students (maximum per court) - $25.00 each per hour
  • 3 students - $30.00 each per hour
  • 2 students - $40.00 each per hour
  • 1 student - $70.00 per hour

Anticipated plans for October and beyond

We anticipate that we will offer regular group lessons at Arbutus Ridge with 4 participants per court in October. In addition, you can always set up lessons with Art.

Our Learn to Play Tennis Program and Junior Coaching Program support the BC Physical and Health Education Curriculum

We follow the Tennis Canada curriculum. At your request, we will provide you and your school, full descriptions of the knowledge, skills and understandings that your children learn and apply through our tennis programs. Please give the grade level and describe requirements to meet the needs of your school Physical and Health Education Programs.

We will respond in relation to the four curricular competencies described in the BC Physical and Health Education Curriculum:

  • Physical Literacy  - for example, how the student demonstrates fundamental movement skills such as jumping, throwing, as well as how the student demonstrates safety, fair play and leadership in our tennis activities
  • Healthy and active living - for example, how the student pursues healthy living such as following the COVID health recommendations, warming up properly, staying hydrated
  • Social and community health - for example, how the student applies strategies for developing healthy relationships with coaches and students in our lessons (teams, partners, collaborative play)
  • Mental well-being - for example, how the student describes and applies strategies for promoting well-being (positive outlook) in our lessons 

Thanks. There is nothing better than seeing your children making friends, performing at an appropriate level of challenge, actively participating, improving, and having fun!


Art Hobbs, BA

  • Certified Tennis Canada Coach
  • Highly experienced Tennis Coach and high level Davis Cup coach and player
  • Tennis Director and Pro for Art Hobbs and His Coaching Team

Lillian Lamb, M Ed

  • Certified Tennis Canada Tennis Instructor
  • Learn to Play Tennis Coordinator for Art Hobbs and His Coaching Team



The June, July, August  2020 newsletter

We are preparing to offer our Learn to Play Tennis Camps at South Cowichan Lawn Tennis Club (SCLTC) for this summer.

We will follow all health and safety procedures according to our health authorities and according to agreements our club makes to be open for tennis. We will send a note regarding all safety protocols as we near each of the camp dates.

Our camps for this year will be as follows:

Number of students

There will be 4 students per coach on each of two courts for a total of 8 students in the camp.

Camp fees

Each camp will be for 4 consecutive days with 2 hours of lessons/day for a total of 8 hours of instruction.

Total cost for each student is $200.00. This includes all taxes, court fees, and equipment including balls.

Camp times

Ages 6 - 11: Morning class from 10:30 - 12:30

Ages 12 and older: Afternoon class from 1:30 - 3:30

Camp dates

Camp #1: July 6 - 9 morning and afternoon classes

Camp #2: July 13 - 16 morning and afternoon classes

Camp #3: August 10 -13 morning and afternoon classes

Camp #4: August 17 - 20 morning and afternoon classes

To register

Please email me at [email protected] with the following information:

  • Name and age of student
  • Contact information for parent(s) /guardians
  • Camp(s) for which you wish to register
  • Any information we should know about your child relating to their participation in the Learn to Play Tennis classes

Additional Information

We are pleased to answer any questions and to provide additional information.

Please also check the SCLTC website under the Learn to Play tab for information about our Learn to Play Tennis Goals and the program.

Also please check the Tennis Canada website


Tennis Director - Art Hobbs    cell/ text at 250-634-2007 [email protected]
[email protected]

Learn to Play Tennis Coordinator - Lillian Lamb [email protected]

Thanks. We are very much looking forward to seeing and hearing your children enjoy their tennis activities with Coach Art Hobbs at SCLTC.


Additional information re: The Learn to Play Tennis Program

Kids Tennis and Tennis Canada

Learn to Play Tennis Program offered by Art Hobbs and Coaching Team,