Learn to Skate - Class Curriculum

Basic Skills teaches FUNdamentals of ice skating and provides the best foundation for figure skating, hockey, and speedskating. Six progressive levels introduce forward and backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers, and turns. Upon completion of 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. 

* Skaters must have figure skates on during Basic 1-6 classes.

* No hockey skates are allowed in Basic 1-6 classes.

  • Sit and stand up, on-ice 

  • March forward, then glide on two feet (3 seconds) 

  • Dip while moving (2 seconds) 

  • Forward Swizzles (6 in a row, with a two-foot glide in between) 

  • Backward Wiggles 

  • Beginning snowplow stop, in place (right and left)

* Skaters must have figure skates on during Basic 1-6 classes.

* No hockey skates are allowed in Basic 1-6 classes.

* Skaters must pass Basic 1 (or Snowplow Sam 3) before taking Basic 2.

  • Scooter pushes (right and left) 

  • Forward one-foot glides (right and left, 2 seconds) 

  • Rocking Horse 

  • Backward Swizzles (6 in a row, with a two-foot glide in between) 

  • Two foot turns in place (both directions) 

  • Moving forward snowplow stop (right and left)

* Skaters must have figure skates on during Basic 1-6 classes.

* No hockey skates are allowed in Basic 1-6 classes.

* Skaters must pass Basic 2 before taking Basic 3.

  • Beginning forward stroking 

  • Forward half Swizzle pumps on a circle (clockwise and counterclockwise, 6 in a row) 

  • Moving forward to backward two-foot turns on a circle (clockwise and counterclockwise) 

  • Forward Slalom (both feet in the same direction at the same time) 

  • Forward pivots (clockwise and counterclockwise)

* Skaters must have figure skates on during Basic 1-6 classes.

* No hockey skates are allowed in Basic 1-6 classes.

* Skaters must pass Basic 3 before taking Basic 4.

  • Forward outside edge on a circle from pumps (right and left, 3 seconds) 

  • Beginning two-foot upright spin from pivot (1 revolution) 

  • Forward crossovers (clockwise and counterclockwise) 

  • Backward half Swizzle pumps on a circle (clockwise and counterclockwise) 

  • Backward one-foot glides (right and left, 2 seconds)

* Skaters must have figure skates on during Basic 1-6 classes.

* No hockey skates are allowed in Basic 1-6 classes.

* Skaters must pass Basic 4 before taking Basic 5.

  • Backward outside edge on a circle from pumps (right and left, 3 seconds) 

  • Backward crossovers (clockwise and counterclockwise) 

  • Forward outside three-turn (right and left, 2 seconds before and after the turn) 

  • Advanced two-foot upright spin from pivot (3 revolutions) 

  • Side toe hop (right and left)

* Skaters must have figure skates on during Basic 1-6 classes.

* No hockey skates are allowed in Basic 1-6 classes.

* Skaters must pass Basic 5 before taking Basic 6.

  • Forward inside three-turn (right and left, 2 seconds before and after the turn) 

  • One-foot upright spin from pivot (2 revolutions) 

  • Bunny hop (right and left) 

  • Forward spiral on a straight line (free leg knee above the hip, 2 seconds) 

  • Forward lunge on a straight line (skating leg parallel, 2 seconds)