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Learn to Skate FAQ

Can my three year old begin skating lessons?

You know your child best and how they handle instructional circumstances. However, here are the four things we always ask parents:

  1. Is your child potty trained?
  2. Can they walk?
  3. Do they take instruction from other adults well?
  4. Are they able to step into a class, without you, comfortably?

If the answer is yes to all of these your child will most likely do well in lessons. If not, we suggest that you wait a while before starting classes.

Remember to be patient as they learn. Our Snow Plow Sam 1 classes are designed to teach the very basics of skating such as:

A. Sit and stand up with skates on – off-ice

B. Sit and stand up – on-ice

C. March in place

D. March forward (8-10 steps)

E. March, then glide on two feet

F. Dip in place

Some young students will catch on quickly while others may take a whole session to complete 3 skills. Every student is different and learns at their own pace. Celebrate every learned skill!

 

FAQ

Answers to many of the most commonly asked questions can be found below.

What is included in the Registration Fee?

Included in the Registration Fee: 6 weeks of lessons, end of session assessment, skate rentals & 6 FREE passes for Public Skate.

 

May I choose which time slot that I or my student will skate in?

On your registration form you may make note of your time preference and we will do our best to accommodate your request. Please note that class times are based on coach availability, registered class levels and the number of students registered therefore we may not be able to give you your requested time. 

 

May I request a specific Instructor?

You may request an instructor on your registration form in the "Notes" section but because we receive so many requests we cannot guarantee that you will have any specific instructor.

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Should my child use double blade skates?

It is recommended that kids start off on single blade skates right away. Double blade skates only help a child to balance but hinder the ability to skate in a straight line and to turn. Once kids have progressed on to learning basic spins, double bladed skates will prevent them from being able to do any spins.

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How many students are in a class?

We do not limit the class size but we try to have four students to one coach. There may be times where we have a few more than four students depending on coach availability.

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How should I dress my children for classes?

Students should be comfortable and in layers to accommodate getting hot during class. We recommend a hockey or bike helmet, hat, mittens or hockey gloves, and snow pants.

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When can my skater start Hockey 1?

Your skater can register for Hockey 1 once they have completed Basic 5. Basic 1-5 introduce the proper foundation of all skating! Once these techniques are mastered your student will be ready to branch off into Hockey 1 where they will begin to build off of the techniques they have learned in Basic 1-5 and add in proper Hockey skating skills. 

 

Is Hockey 1-4 a "Learn to Play" program or "Introduction to Hockey" program?

Hockey 1-4 & Hockey-Power Skating are not Learn to Play or Inroduction to Play classes but they are the step you take before entering one of those programs. In Hockey 1-4 you will learn the basics of hockey skating and solidify those techniques before moving on to an Intro or Learn to Play class. These skills are the basis of all hockey play and are necessary for the proper development of your player. 

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What class should we choose- Snow Plow Sam or Basic?

Snow Plow Sam- Ages 5 and Under

The Snowplow Sam levels are designed to help the preschool-age skater develop preliminary coordination and strength
to maneuver on the ice. Snowplow Sam is a big, fuzzy polar bear who loves to skate. Time with Snowplow Sam will allow
preschool children to become comfortable on the ice.

 

Basic 1- Ages 6 and up

The “basic skills” are the fundamentals of the sport. These eight levels of the program introduce the fundamental moves:
  • forward skating
  • backward skating
  • stops, edges
  • crossovers
  • turns
  • Mohawks

Upon completion of Basic 1-8, skaters will have a basic knowledge of the sport, enabling them to advance to more specialized areas of skating

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What size ice skates should my child wear?

Selecting the proper size ice skate can be confusing. We have selected two videos to help you make the right choice.

Selecting Figure Skates

Selecting Hockey Skates