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Learn to Skate

Skate to your inner amazing. Skate to great!!

Our Learn to Skate classes offer something for everyone from first steps on the ice to mastering advanced techniques.  The curriculum follows solid skill development techniques based on the ABCs of basic athleticism: Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed. A progressive system, that upon completion of the program, allows skaters to confidently advance to more specialized areas of skating.

Our Mission
To provide a fun and positive experience that will instill a lifelong love of skating.

Our Objectives

  • Teach the fundamentals of ice skating while building confidence and skills
  • Provide a curriculum that ensures success from the first steps on the ice to the mastery of advanced skills
  • Promote the health and fitness benefits of ice skating
  • Equip each participant with the foundation necessary to reach their skating goals

Questions? Please contact our Skating Director, Bruce Eisenberg at bruce.eisenberg@newyorkislanders.com.

FALL 2022 Classes: October 15th - December 18th

Parent & Tot: Ages 2-4
A parent participation version of the First Steps class.  Parents should be sufficiently comfortable on ice skates to assist their child.  Children who can move and get up on their own should register for First Steps or Snowplow Sam. 
Saturdays at 8:45AM - 9:30AM or Sundays at 11:15AM - 12PM

Snowplow Sam 1-4: Ages 4-5
Introductory classes divided into four progressive levels for kids with no prior skating experience. First time skaters will learn basic balance, proper falling and getting up, beginning forward skating and two foot glides.  The progression through Snowplow levels will include beginning backward skating, forward and backward swizzles, and snowplow stops.
Saturdays 8:45AM - 9:30AM or Sundays 11:15AM - 12PM

Pre-Hockey: Ages 4-7
Must have passed Snowplow Sam 1 & 2 in hockey skates.  Pre-Hockey 1&2 are progressive levels intended for children who are enthusiastic about hockey.  Skaters will learn balance, basic forward and backward skating, glides, stops, turns and beginning crossovers. Required equipment includes hockey skates, hockey helmet with a face cage, shin guards, hockey gloves and stick.
Saturdays 8:45AM - 9:30AM or Sundays 11:15AM - 12PM

Basic Skills 1 & 2: Ages 6+
Levels 1 & 2 allow new skaters with little to no experience learn basic forward skating, beginning and backward skating, one and two foot glides and much more! 
Saturdays at 8AM - 8:45AM or Sundays at 12PM - 12:45PM

Basic Skills 3 & 4: Ages 6+
The progression to Levels 3 & 4 includes forward and backward stoking, forward crossovers, three turns and footwork combinations. 
Saturdays at 8AM - 8:45AM or Sundays at 12PM - 12:45PM

Basic Skills 5 & 6: Ages 6+
Skaters in Levels 5 & 6 will work on skills including backwards crossovers, hockey stops, edge work, three-turns, bunny hops and more.
Saturdays at 8AM - 8:45AM or Sundays at 12PM - 12:45PM

Pre Free Skate & Advanced Free Skate: Ages 6+
Pre-Free Skate is the next level after Basic Skills 6. In this level, skaters will learn a variety of progressive skating skills, transitions, spins and jumps - all of which build on the previous skill, providing skaters a strong foundation of all elements.
Saturdays at 8AM - 8:45AM or Sundays at 12PM - 12:45PM

LEARN TO SKATE - GROUP LESSONS
Fall Session Runs October 15th - December 18th

9 Week Session - 45 Min Classes
$298 per participant

  • Helmet rentals WILL NOT be available. All skaters must provide their own. Helmets are required for all skaters - any skater in hockey skates MUST wear a hockey helmet with a face cage.
  • NO REFUNDS. Make-up classes are not guaranteed. A maximum of one make-up class per skater will be allowed, if available. 

Class Schedule

Saturday 8AM: Basic 1-6, Pre Free Skate & Advanced Free Skate
Saturday 8:45AM: Pre-Hockey, Snowplow 1-4 & Parent/Tot

Sundays 11:15AM: Pre-Hockey, Snowplow 1-4 & Parent/Tot
Sundays 12PM: Basic 1-6, Pre Free Skate & Advanced Free Skate

See left for a description of each level.