From beginner to advanced skating levels, our learn-to-skate classes offer a group learning environment where healthy peer interaction provides a fun atmosphere for skaters to advance their skills.
Classes are grouped by age and/or ability, and meet once weekly for a 30 minute lesson with an ISI certified professional coach. Classes are followed or preceded by a 15 minute practice session. Group class skaters enjoy free skate rental during each class and receive free public session passes for extra practice time (10 weeks = 10 public admission passes; 5 weeks = 5 public admission passes). Skate rental not included when using free public passes.
Should you miss a class for any reason, we allow for easy make-up classes on one of the alternate class days throughout the duration of your session.
Below are brief descriptions of the elements learned in each level of learn-to-skate classes. Please note that mastering the elements in any level can take from 10 to 30 weeks depending on how often a skater practices between classes, Individual progression rates vary by student. Speak to your class coach or the Skating School Director with any thoughts or questions throughout your class session.
Adult – The Adult Class is designed for beginner through intermediate level adult skaters ages 18+. Coaches work with skaters in small groups within the class to teach new skills as well as perfect the skills already learned. No prerequisites required
Beginner Tot – Designed for children ages 3 -5. Our Tot Specialists focus on teaching skills in a fun, game oriented environment. Skaters will learn the proper way to fall, get back up, march in place and march across the rink. Prerequisite: children should be able to follow instruction and have a desire to learn to ice skate
Advanced Tot – Designed for children ages 3 – 5 who have completed the Tot 1 and 2 levels in Group Classes. Prerequisite: Master Beginner Tot class elements
Intro I – Designed for children ages 6+. Instruction focuses on the proper way to fall down and stand back up, marching across the ice, snowplow stop preparation, beginning two foot glides and exercises that build up to and reinforce those skills. No prerequisites required
Intro II – Instruction focuses on the beginning forward swizzles, snowplow stops, two foot and beginning one foot glides, backwards wiggles and exercises that build up to and reinforce those skills. Prerequisite: Master Intro I class elements.
Pre-Alpha – Instruction focuses on one foot glides, forward swizzles, backwards wiggles, backward swizzles and exercises that build up to and reinforce those skills Prerequisite: Master Intro I and II class elements
Intro to Hockey – This (30 minute class at CIA) or (45 minute class at Oldsmar) is designed for skater who have passes Pre Alpha level, or who have received coaches’ approval, and are interested in learning more about hockey. Skaters will be introduced to stick handling, passing, shooting, and drills..
Alpha – Instruction focuses on forward stroking, forward crossovers, snowplow stops and exercises that build up to and reinforce those skills. Prerequisite: Master Pre-Alpha class elements.
Beta – Instruction will focus on backward stroking, backward crossovers, T-stops and exercises that build up to and reinforce those skills. Prerequisite: Master Alpha class elements
Gamma – Instruction will focus on forward outside three turns, mohawk turn combinations, hockey stops and exercises that build up to and reinforce those skills. Prerequisite: Master Beta class elements
Delta – Instruction will focus on forward inside three turns, forward edges, shoot-the-ducks, lunges, bunny hops and exercises that build up to and reinforce those skills. Prerequisite: Master Gamma class elements
Freestyle – Designed for skaters at the freestyle I level and higher. Class is divided into small groups with similar ability and focus on the respective freestyle elements. Prerequisite: Master Delta class elements