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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

FALL 2021 Classes: October 16th - December 19th

First Steps: Ages 2-4
Introductory classes for independent pre-school aged children that focuses on gently acquainting skaters with the ice and developing coordination in a creative and playful environment.
Saturdays 11:15AM - 12PM or Sundays 10:30AM - 11:15AM

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 11:15AM - 12PM or Sundays 10:30AM - 11:15AM

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 11:15AM - 12PM or Sundays 10:30AM - 11:15AM

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 11:15AM - 12PM or Sundays 10:30AM - 11:15AM

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 12PM - 12:45PM or Sundays 11:15AM - 12PM

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 12PM - 12:45PM or Sundays 11:15AM - 12PM

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 12PM - 12:45PM or Sundays 11:15AM - 12PM

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 12PM - 12:45PM or Sundays 11:15AM - 12PM

For more information, please contact Valerie Murray at valerie.murray@newyorkislanders.com 

LEARN TO SKATE - GROUP LESSONS
Fall Session Runs October 16th - December 19th

9 Week Session - 45 Min Classes
$275 per participant

**No classes 11/27 & 11/28

  • 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. You MUST contact Val Murray at Valerie.Murray@newyorkislanders.com regarding a make-up class.

Class Schedule

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

Sunday 10:30AM: Pre-Hockey, Snowplow 1-4, First Steps & Parent/Tot
Sunday 11:15AM: Basic 1-6, Pre Free Skate & Advanced Free Skate

See below for a description of each level.