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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 Information

  • No skate rentals, all participants must have their own skates
  • Arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to the scheduled clinic time.  Participants will be allowed to enter the building exactly 15 minutes prior to the scheduled clinic time and must exit immediately following the completion of the session. To avoid congregating at the front doors, please wait in your car until your entry time.
  • We will be following all state and local COVID-19 guidelines to maintain a safe environment. Everyone entering the facility will have their temperature checked—it must be 100.4 degrees or below.
  • Masks are required at all time for everyone in the facility — INCLUDING ON THE ICE
  • Only ONE parent/guardian may enter the facility with their child. No additional guests will be permitted. Each skater will be assigned a chair that can be used to put skates on/off. The parent/guardian MUST remain in their child’s assigned chair for the duration of each class. Each chair and all common areas will be sanitized between all groups.
  • Skate rentals/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, with a valid doctor’s note. You MUST contact the office regarding a make-up class.
  • PRIOR SKATING EXPERIENCE IS RECOMMENDED FOR ALL as this will be a “contactless” experience. We will NOT be offering Parent/Tot, First Steps or Snowplow Sam 1 classes this session. We plan to bring them back when it is safe to do so.
  • Please make sure you are registering for the appropriate day/time for your child’s level. Call the office if you are unsure of which level to register for.
  • Players must bring their own water bottle, filled and labeled with their names.  Water fountains will not be available.

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 1-6: Ages 6+
Basic Skills teaches fundamentals of ice skating and provides the best foundation for figure skating and hockey. Six progressive levels introduce forward and backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers and turns. 
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

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.