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Learn to Skate FAQ

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: 8 weeks of lessons, end of session assessment, skate rentals &  passes for Public Skate.

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?

During COVID time we are limited to 8 students per class.

 

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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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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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!

 

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