The Scott Hamilton Skating Academy Learn to Skate classes at Ford Ice Center use Learn to Skate USA programs recognized as the best in the industry. The curriculum keeps skaters enthusiastic about learning, from the time they begin lessons until they reach their goals.
There are a variety of Learn to Skate classes for you and your family! Read more about our curriculum, ages and abilities below.
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. These classes are designed to help children six and younger develop the ABCs of movement - Agility, Balance, Coordination and speed. The ABCs are essential for developing fundamental movement skills and physical literacy. All classes will be taught in a safe and positive environment, incorporating fun and games making class time an enjoyable experience for all.
Ice orientation prior to the first skating class:
Equipment check: Proper fit and lacing of skates, appropriate attire and safety helmets.
Practice falling and recovery, marching in place, dips and one-foot balances.
The first stage of Basic Skills forms a strong foundation for your skaters to explore the world of skating. All progress at their own pace working toward mastering each skill. Active Start encourages skaters to trade in hesitation for excitement as they grow a love for skating. Fundamentals harness those skills as agility, balance, coordination and speed become the main focus of this curriculum.
Basic Skills teaches the Fundamentals of ice-skating and provides the best foundation for figure skating, hockey and speed skating. Six progressive levels introduce forward and backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers and turns. Upon completion of the Basic Skills 1-6 levels, skaters will be able to confidently advance to more specialized areas of skating. All classes will be well structured with the focus on proper skill development taught in a positive, fun and social environment. Skaters will progress at their own rate and advance after skill mastery is demonstrated.
Discover, Learn and Play - Basic 1 and 2: These introductory levels allow new skaters with no prior skating experience to build confidence while learning to skate.
Fundamentals - Basic 3-6: These levels develop all of the fundamental skating skills on the ice. The focus is on learning the ABCs of basic athleticism: agility, balance, coordination and speed. Upon completion of these levels, skaters will be able to confidently advance to more specialized areas of skating.
Before you can score a goal, you need to learn to skate. In our hockey program, skaters will learn how to be proficient and agile on the ice. The curriculum is designed to teach the fundamentals of hockey skating. Proper skating technique for the game of hockey is the primary focus of the four levels. All elements will be taught without a puck. Skaters will learn the basic hockey stance, stride, knee bend, use of edges and other necessary fundamentals to be successful in hockey practices and game situations. Skaters must have completed Basic Skills Level 3.
More progressive skating skills, such as transitions, spins and jumps, give determined skaters the challenges they crave. These levels are designed to give skaters a strong foundation, and it's at this point the skater can choose to pursue a recreational or competitive approach to the sport of figure skating. Each Freeskate level is comprised of 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. These levels will be taught in a positive and interactive group format such as a bridge program, circuit classes or as an introductory training program. Instructors will focus on quality and mastery of skills.
Skaters must have completed Basic Skills Levels 1-6.
The adult curriculum is designed for beginning and experienced skaters who wish to improve their skills. Participation in the program will help promote physical fitness and improve balance and coordination, while teaching proper skating techniques. This is an exciting program for people who look to skating as an enjoyable part of a fit and healthy lifestyle.
Divided into six levels from basic skating to more advanced skills, adult skaters will progress at an individual rate while being challenged and motivated. Based on prior skating experience, adults may choose to begin at the level that best matches their skill base. Upon completion of the Adult 1-6 curriculum, adult skaters should feel confident with all fundamental skating skills and may choose to progress to more specialized areas of skating such as free skating, ice dancing, adult hockey leagues or joining a synchronized skating team.
Equipment check: Proper fit and lacing of skates appropriate attire, safety concerns.
Practice falling and recovery, walking in place, knee bends and one-foot balances in skates.
We are taking the transition from Learn to Skate to advanced skating and making it simple! Join us for this graduation from Learn to Skate to the master class! It will help skaters become comfortable on freestyle sessions and allow them 30 minutes prior to or following class to have a private lesson and/or practice time! It will give the more determined skater, like yours, challenges they crave. Class will be comprised of a variety of progressive skating skills, transitions, spins and jumps, providing skaters a strong foundation of all elements. This class is taught in a positive and interactive group format as an introductory training program.
This class is available for skaters who are pre-freeskate through freeskate 6.