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Learn to Skate

Learn to Skate- Recreational, Figure Skating & Hockey

Appleton Ice Skating Academy is designed to teach all ages the necessary skating skills so that they may move into their skating futures.  Whether it is in Figure Skating, Hockey or Recreational Skating, the Appleton Ice Skating Academy can get you there.  Students are able to branch into other programs at the Appleton Family Ice Center & Tri-County Ice Arena, such as:

Appleton Area Youth Hockey Association, Fox Valley Youth Hockey Association, or Valley Figure Skating Club.

Come join the fun of learning how to ice skate!  Registrations are accepted on a first come, first serve basis.  Group style skating lessons for 25 minutes with an instructor. All levels taught at each session. Each six-week session is $80.00.

What Level Should I Sign My Student Up For?

Snowplow Sam 1- Beginning Skaters that are 5 years old and younger should start in Snowplow Sam 1. As your student masters the very basics of skating, they will move through Snowplow Sam 4.

Basic 1- Beginning Skaters that are 6 years old and older should start in the Basic 1 class. As your students master the basics of skating, they will move through more advanced levels reaching Basic 6.

Adult/Teen 1- Beginning skaters that are 13 years old and up are welcome to join the Adult 1 classes. Just like the Basic levels, these students will climb to Adult 6 in their skills.

Hockey 1- Students that have completed the level of Basic 4 are ready to take those skills and expand them into the world of Hockey Skating. Please note that this is not a Learn to Play Hockey class but a class to learn and master the nuances of hockey skating. As students progress they will move from the basics of hockey skating into Hockey Power Skating.

Pre-Free Skate- Once your student has passed the Basic 6 level they are welcome to join Pre-Free Skate classes. Pre-Free Skate is the first level of the advanced Free Skate levels.

Appleton Family Ice Center (AFIC) Classes

Year-Round

Sessions listed in this column are held at the Appleton Family Ice Center. All levels are taught in every session except Hockey 1-4 & Power Skating which is only available during Wednesday sessions.

Wednesday - Session 1 - AFIC

Wednesdays - 5:00-6:00pm
May 23rd
May 30th
June 6th
June 13th
June 20th
June 27th - Testing Day / Badges awarded for Passing Levels / Goodie Bags for all Students

*Hockey 1-4 & Hockey Power Skating will be offered during Wednesday Sessions.

All Levels will be offered in all Sessions (exceptions- Hockey)

Registration Deadline: May 3rd, 2018 or until the session reaches capacity.

Wednesday - Session 2 - AFIC

Wednesdays - 5:00-6:00pm
July 18th
July 25th
August 1st
August 8th
August 15th
August 22nd - Testing Day / Badges awarded for Passing Levels / Goodie Bags for all Students

*Hockey 1-4 & Hockey Power Skating will be offered during Wednesday Sessions.

All Levels will be offered in all Sessions (exceptions- Hockey)

Registration Deadline: July 2nd, 2018 or until the session reaches capacity.

Wednesday - Session 3 - AFIC

Wednesdays - 5:00-6:00pm
September 12th
September 19th
September 26th
October 3rd
October 10th
October 17th - Testing Day / Badges awarded for Passing Levels / Goodie Bags for all Students

*Hockey 1-4 & Hockey Power Skating will be offered during Wednesday Sessions.

All Levels will be offered in all Sessions (exceptions- Hockey)

Registration Deadline: August 16th, 2018 or until the session reaches capacity.

Wednesday - Session 4 - AFIC

Wednesdays - 5:00-6:00pm
November 7th
November 14th
November 28th
December 5th
December 12th
December 19th - Testing Day / Badges awarded for Passing Levels / Goodie Bags for all Students

*Hockey 1-4 & Hockey Power Skating will be offered during Wednesday Sessions.

All Levels will be offered in all Sessions (exceptions- Hockey)

Registration Deadline: Coming Soon!

Wednesday - Session 5 - AFIC

Wednesdays - 5:00-6:00pm
January 9th
January 16th
January 23rd
January 30th
February 6th
February 13th - Testing Day / Badges awarded for Passing Levels / Goodie Bags for all Students

*Hockey 1-4 & Hockey Power Skating will be offered during Wednesday Sessions.

All Levels will be offered in all Sessions (exceptions- Hockey)

Registration Deadline: Coming Soon!

Wednesday - Session 6 - AFIC

Wednesdays - 5:00-6:00pm
March 6th
March 13th
March 20th
April 3rd
April 10th
April 17th - Testing Day / Badges awarded for Passing Levels / Goodie Bags for all Students

*Hockey 1-4 & Hockey Power Skating will be offered during Wednesday Sessions.

All Levels will be offered in all Sessions (exceptions- Hockey)

Registration Deadline: Coming Soon!


A Snow Plow Sam 1 Class

Tri-County Ice Arena (TCIA) Classes

Fall & Winter

Sessions listed in this column are held at the Tri-County Ice Arena. All levels are taught in every session except Hockey 1-4 & Power Skating which is only available during Wednesday sessions.


Funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Venture/Schmidt Family Foundation

Basic Class

Snowplow Sam

Have Questions?

Please click here to view our most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Please Click here to view the Learn to Skate Classes offered and Skills taught at each level.


Basic 1


Hockey 3 & 4


Learning in Snow Plow Sam 4