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Warm clothing and gloves/mittens are strongly recommended for all skaters.  

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.

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. 

Pre-Hockey
Prerequisite: Snowplow Sam 1 & 2 (preferably in hockey skates)
For ages 4-7. Pre-Hockey is 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.

Snowplow Sam 
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.

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
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. 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. These skaters will also be encouraged to participate in shows and local basic skills competitions and performances.

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
Freestyle 2:45-3:45pm
Freestyle 3:45-4:45pm
House League Practice 5:15-6:15pm
TUESDAY
Freestyle 6:00-9:00am
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
Adult Open Skate 11:00am-1:00pm
Freestyle 2:45-3:45pm
Learn to Skate 4:00-4:45pm
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
Sticks & Pucks 12:00-1:30pm
Freestyle 4:00-5:00pm
House League Practice: 5:00-6:00pm
SATURDAY
Freestyle 6:00-9:00am
Mini 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
Mini Islanders/Hockey 101 10:00-11:00am
House League Game 11:15am-12:15pm
House League Game 12:15-1:15pm
House League Game 1:30-2:30pm