Arrive 30 minutes early on your very first day to settle into your space and navigate our registration table, skate rental counter, etc.
Check-in at the Learn to Skate table in front of the North Rink to receive your name badge for class (keep this badge safe, you will need it each week for class). You will also pick up your class attendance card here. You will pick this up each week prior to heading to the ice. For the safety of your children, no skater will be allowed on ice without attendance card. If you lose yours, no big deal, just stop by our table and request a replacement.
Pay for Learn to Skate classes and/or pick up skates. Attendance cards must be visible to front desk staff to receive skates for class. Make sure your shoes are off when you reach the counter to exchange for ice skates.
Rink side: Find your name on class level signs along the glass and meet your smiling Scott Hamilton Skating Academy coach. Let the fun begin!
On the first day of new semesters, all new skaters will meet off-ice to learn the proper way to fall, stand up and march prior to entering the ice.
Ford Ice Center reserves the right to reschedule, change or cancel classes due to unforeseen circumstances.
The Scott Hamilton Skating Academy: Learn to Skate program is sanctioned by Learn to Skate USA. All members are required to be registered annually at $25.00
After we register you with Learn to Skate USA, you will receive a sticker book in the mail that guides you through all the skills and levels your skater will be learning so you can engage in conversation with your skater and ask them about the skills they worked on in class each week.
Classes not meeting the size requirement may be combined with other levels
Parents - our coaches are available during free time to discuss your skater's needs and to answer any questions you may have. Let them know before class when you drop your skater off rink side, and they can meet you during free time.
What To Expect
Classes are all 30 minutes of instruction followed by 7 minutes of practice time
Week 1: Intro to skills
Weeks 2-5: Development of skills and skill mastery
Week 6: Graduation ceremony and evaluations. Invite family and friends to show off your progress
Week 7: Intro to next level skills
The ice rink is chilly! To ensure all skaters are prepared, we designed this list of recommended clothing and equipment. When our skaters are warm and safe, they are "free to be" and it speeds up the learning process.
Helmet (or bike helmet)
Hockey skates (or rentals)
For Hockey 1-4 Levels
Pants (No jeans)
Winter jacket/fleece top
Make Up Class Policy
We understand that conflicts may arise during a seven-week session. Unfortunately, we cannot offer make-up classes. In the event of an absence, two (2) public skating passes will be provided for the child to practice on their own. This is a one-time compensation per session. Public skating passes have no expiration date.
Early Bird Offer: Register 14 days prior to the start of the session to save $10
30% off each additional family member (multi-family-member discount)
15% off for Predators season-ticket holders
15% off when you pre-register for three (3) or more sessions of Learn to Skate
Only one (1) discount per transaction. You may not combine discounts.