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Learn to Skate

Winter 2019 Registration is now available - classes begin January 3rd

Click here for the Young Beginner registration form

Click here for the Basic Skills registration form

Click here to register online.

Classes run January 3rd through April 2nd. There will be NO classes from February 16-22.

The 12 week session is $299 per participant. In addition, the registration fee is REQUIRED for all participants. When registering online, please add this fee to your cart if you are a new customer or have not paid the fee since the Summer 2018 session. Once paid, this season's registration fee is valid for classes through June 30, 2019.

Helmets are required for all skaters from First Steps through Basic Skills level 6. Any skaters in hockey skates must wear a hockey helmet with a face cage. Skaters in figure skates or rental skates may wear a bike helmet. Warm clothing and gloves/mittens are strongly recommended for all skaters. Rental skates are available for $5 per pair per day.

Only one make-up class allowed per session. You must contact the office AFTER missing a class to schedule a make-up. No exceptions!!.

First Steps
For ages 2-4. First Steps is a class for independent pre-school aged children that focuses on gently acquainting skaters with the ice and developing coordination in a creative and playful environment. 

Parent & Tot
For ages 2-4. The Parent & Tot class is a parent participation version of our First Steps class for young beginners. Parents should be sufficiently comfortable on ice skates to assist their child. Children who can move and get up on their own should register for First Steps or Snowplow Sam. 

Snowplow Sam 1-4
For ages 4-5. The Snowplow Sam levels are introductory classes divided into four progressive levels allowing children with no prior skating experience to build confidence while learning the basic skills of skating. First time skaters will learn basic balance, proper falling and getting up, beginning forward skating and two foot glides. The progression through the Snowplow levels will include beginning backward skating, forward and backward swizzles, and snowplow stops.

Pre-Hockey
Prerequisite: Snowplow Sam 1 & 2 (in hockey skates)
For ages 4-7. Pre-Hockey 1&2 are progressive levels intended for children who are enthusiastic about hockey. Skaters will learn balance, basic forward and backward skating, glides, stops, turns and beginning crossovers. Required equipment includes hockey skates, hockey helmet with a face cage, shin guards, hockey gloves and a stick.

Basic Skills 1 & 2
For ages 6+. Basic Skills teaches the fundamentals of ice skating and provides the best foundation for figure skating and hockey. Six progressive levels introduce forward and backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers and turns. Levels 1 & 2 allow new skaters with little to no experience learn basic forward skating, beginning and backward skating, one and two foot glides and much more! 

Basic Skills 3 & 4
For ages 6+. The progression to Levels 3 & 4 includes forward and backward stoking, forward crossovers, three turns and footwork combinations. After completing Level 3, skaters have the opportunity to join our Junior Figure Skating Academy.

Basic Skills 5 & 6
For ages 6+. Skaters in Levels 5 & 6 will work on skills including backwards crossovers, hockey stops, edge work, three-turns, bunny hops and more. Skaters at this level are more than ready and encouraged to join our Junior Figure Skating Academy. 

Pre-Free Skate
For ages 6+. Pre-Free Skate is the next level after Basic Skills 6. In this level, skaters will learn a variety of progressive skating skills, transitions, spins and jumps - all of which build on the previous skill, providing skaters a strong foundation of all elements. Skaters at this level are encouraged to join our Junior Figure Skating Academy. 

Junior Skating Academy
For skaters in Basic Skills Level 4 and above. Junior Skating Academy is an accelerated program designed for skaters interested in becoming figure skaters that meets four times a week (Tuesdays 4:15pm, Thursdays 5:15pm, Saturdays 11:30am & Sundays 8:30am. Skaters are encouraged to come as often as possible, but at least 2-3 times per week. Throughout the course of the program, skaters will work towards moving through the basic skills levels into the freestyle levels with a concentration on jumps, spins and connecting moves. This program runs from October-June. 

Adult Basic Skills
For ages 16+. It is never too late to learn to skate! Level 1 is intended for absolute beginners. Skills such as balance, beginning forward skating, glides, stops and basic backward movement are introduced. Skaters who are comfortable moving on the ice will progress to Level 2 and will learn basic turns, crossovers and backward skating.

 

MONDAY
Freestyle 6:00-9:00am
Learn to Skate 1:00-1:45pm
Freestyle 2:45-4:45pm
Middle School Clinic 5:15-6:15pm
TUESDAY
Freestyle 6:00-9:00am
Learn to Skate 10:00-10:45am
Freestyle 2:45-3:45pm
Learn to Skate 4:15-5:00pm
Learn to Skate 5:00-5:45pm
Adult Hockey Development 10:00-11:30pm
WEDNESDAY
Freestyle 6:00-9:00am
Freestyle 2:45-3:45pm
Open Hockey 9:45-11:15pm
THURSDAY
Freestyle 6:00-9:00am
Learn to Skate 4:30-5:15pm
Learn to Skate 5:15-6:00pm
FRIDAY
Freestyle 6:00-9:00am
Freestyle 4:00-5:00pm
House League Practice 5:00-6:00pm
Open Hockey 9:45-11:15pm
SATURDAY
Freestyle 6:00-9:00am
Rookie Islanders 8:30-9:30am
House League Practice 9:30-10:30am
Learn to Skate 10:45-11:30am
Learn to Skate 11:30am-12:15pm
Learn to Skate 12:15-1:00pm
SUNDAY
Learn to Skate 8:30-9:15am
Learn to Skate 9:15-10:00am
Rookie Islanders 10:00-11:00am
Parent/Child Puck Shoot 11:15am-12:15pm
House League 12:15-1:15pm