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.

Participant must have received a passing certification from our instructors to move to the next class level.

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

Class Times-Fall Schedule 2023

Monday Saturday
5:30p-6:00p 10:30-11a
  1. Winter/Spring Sessions
  2. Summer Sessions
  3. Fall Sessions

Winter/ Spring Sessions Schedule- 

Winter/Spring  2024 Session 1 Session 2 Program Length
Saturday Jan. 6 - Feb. 10 Feb. 17 - March 23 6 Weeks
Monday Jan. 8. - Feb. 12 Feb. 19 - March 25 6 Weeks
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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).

Basic Skills Levels 1-6 Course Information