Learn-To-Skate: Basic 1-6

Ages 6-17. The “basic skills” are the fundamentals of the sport. These six levels of the program introduce the fundamental moves: forward skating, backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers, turns and Mohawks. Upon completion of the Basic 1-6 levels, skaters will have a basic knowledge of the sport, enabling them to advance to more specialized areas of skating.

  • $47 Residents/$52 Non-Residents
  • Classes with less than 4 students may be cancelled 5 days prior to the start date.
  • There will be a $15 late registration fee for any one that enrolls the day of a class.

  1. Basic 1
  2. Basic 2
  3. Basic 3
  4. Basic 4
  5. Basic 5/6

Class Times

Monday Saturday
5:15-5:45 p.m. 10:30-11:00 a.m.
5:45-6:15 p.m.  
Basic LTS

Session Dates

  Fall Session 1 Fall Session 2
Monday 9/17-10/22 10/29-12/3
Saturday 9/22-10/27 11/3-12/15 (No Class 11/24)

Skills learned in Basic Skills 1-6

The following skills must be mastered to advance.
  • Basic 1: Sit on ice and stand up, March forward across the ice, Forward two-foot glide, Dip, Forward swizzles — 6–8 in a row, Backward wiggles — 6–8 in a row, Beginning snowplow stop on two feet or one foot, Two-foot hop in place (optional).
  • Basic 2: Scooter pushes — R and L, Forward one-foot glides — R and L, Backward two-foot glide — Glide the length of skater’s height, Rocking Horse (one forward swizzle, one backward swizzle) — Repeat twice, Backward swizzles — 6–8 in a row, Two-foot turns from forward to backward in place — clockwise and counterclockwise, Moving snowplow stop, Curves (optional).
  • Basic 3: Beginning forward stroking showing correct use of blade, Forward half swizzle pumps on a circle — 6–8 consecutive clockwise and counterclockwise, Moving forward to backward two foot turns on a circle — clockwise and counterclockwise, Beginning backward one-foot glides — focus on balance, Backward snowplow stop — R and L, Forward slalom, Forward pivots - clockwise and counterclockwise (optional).
  • Basic 4: Forward outside edge on a circle — R and L, Forward inside edge on a circle — R and L, Forward crossovers — clockwise and counterclockwise, Backward half swizzle pumps on a circle — clockwise and counterclockwise, Backward one-foot glides — R and L, Beginning two-foot spin — Up to two revolutions, Forward lunges — both legs (optional).
  • Basic 5: Backward outside edge on a circle — R and L, Backward inside edge on a circle — R and L, Backward crossovers — clockwise and counterclockwise, Forward outside three-turn — R and L, Advanced two-foot spin — 4–6, Hockey stop — both directions, Side toe hop — R and L (optional).
  • Basic 6: Forward inside three-turn — R and L, Moving backward to forward two foot turn on a circle — clockwise and counterclockwise, Backward stroking, Beginning one-foot spin — 2–4 revolutions, optional free leg position and entry, T-stops – R and L, Bunny hop, Forward spiral on a straight line — R or L, Shoot the duck — R or L (optional).