First time beginners should start classes on the first week of a series
Beginner classes have open enrollment through April 24, but are subject to availabiltiy
List of classes for beginning skaters
Little Folk & Tots (tots ages 3-5)
Toddlers ages 3 to 5
Play focused class (e.g., popping bubbles, moving toys) to teach foundation skills
Two classes taught together, where many of the skills are extended:
Marching in place becomes marching while moving
Dip in place becomes dip while moving
After graduating from the Little Folk level, skaters work on the Tot skills (or may change to Hockey Tots). Upon graduation from Tot, students move on to a Beginner class
Saturday at 10:00AM, 11:45AM, & 2:15PM
Sunday at 2:15PM
Monday at 5:15PM
Tuition $162 for the 9-week series + $15 membership fee
Parent & Me (tots up to age 5)
Toddlers up to age 5 and their parent
Toddlers under age three, who cannot join the Little Folk & Tot class are welcome in this class
Particularly beneficial for younger skaters with separation anxiety
Parents must be able to skate away from the walls while holding their toddler’s hand(s)
Play focused class to teach foundation skills
After graduating from the Parent & Me level, skaters work on the Tot skills (or may change to Hockey Tots).
Saturdays at 10:00AM
Tuition $216 for the 9-week series + $15 membership fee per skater
Youth Beginner (age 6+)
Youth ages 6 to 18
Graduates from Tot level
Adults may take this class
Upon graduating from Beginner, students are ready for Pre-Alpha, or can transfer into Beginner Hockey
Saturday at 10:00AM, 10:30A, 11:45AM, & 2:15PM
Sunday at 2:15PM & 2:45PM
Monday at 5:15PM
Tuition $162 for the 9-week series + $15 membership fee
Adult Beginner/Pre-Alpha (age 15+)
Adults ages 16+
Two levels taught in one class, as student master Beginner skills they are challenged with Pre-Alpha skills
Upon graduation, students are ready for Alpha, Adult Alpha/Beta, or Hockey 1
Saturday at 10:30A
Monday at 5:45P
Tuition $162/$216 for the 9-week series + $15 membership fee
A basic skating class for skaters who would like to play hockey in the future
Toddlers ages 3 to 5, must complete the first half of Little Folk & Tots, then complete Hockey Tots
Skaters ages 6 and above have no prerequisite
Ages 6 to 16
Upon graduation, skater is ready to proceed to Pond Hockey
Saturdays 10:30AM & 2:15PM
Sundays at 2:15PM
Mondays at 5:15PM
Upon graduation, skater is ready to proceed to Hockey 1/Clinic
Saturdays at 10:30AM
Mondays at 6:30PM
Tuition $216 for the 9-week series + $25/30 membership fee
We try hard to keep all of this information up-to-date, but double check our skating school schedule or call the Pro Shop for class availability. Enrollment is subject to availability, which is not guaranteed until you actually enroll.
Beginner Skating Skills
The focus of the beginner class is learning the fundamentals of skating safely, including:
If you are not sure about a group class, we offer the chance to try one beginning level class for a fee. For first time beginners, we strongly recommend starting on the first or second weeks of a new series only, because we work through a set curriculum and only cover the very fundamentals (e.g., how to fall, get up, basic balance) during those two classes.
Beginning skaters with some skating experience (e.g., able to walk/march on the ice away from the walls), may join the class during the first half of the series.
Try-Its may only be purchased on the same day as the lesson and are subject to availability at the time of sale; if the class is full, then there is not room for any Try-It students.
Class Schedule Doesn't Work?
If our schedule does not work, or if our classes are sold out, consider taking a few private lessons. This can jump start your skating career, and get you going safely and quickly.
Private Lesson Info
Frequent Asked Questions
What if my child does not like skating?
Take a one-time “Try-It” class available for Beginning level classes (Little Folks & Tots, Parent & Me, Beginner, or Beginner Hockey). Try-Its are subject to availability on the day of the class only, during the first four weeks of a series. See “When should I Enroll” below to make sure you can attend your class.
How old does my child have to be to take group lessons?
If you child can walk, then s/he can skate. Our smallest rental skate is toddler size 7. To enroll in our Little Folk & Tots class, the skater must be at least age 3. Younger children can take the Parent and Me class with you.
How do I enroll?
You can enroll in the current series if it is still open and there is sill space in the class you want to take, or in the next series if the current one is closed. You can enroll by coming into the Pro Shop or by downloading the form from our website and then emailing or faxing it to us. Enrollments are processed in the order they are received, and subject to availability. Fax/Email registrations must be received 72-hours prior to first class start time. All in-person registrations close 15-minutes prior to class start time; come early in case there is a line, especially during the first two weeks of a new series.
For first time skaters, we recommend beginning at the start of a new series; however, if the skater is able to get around the rink away from the walls, then s/he is ready to join even in the middle of the series. We will pro rate the tuition for the remaining number of weeks. Note: no enrollments after the first half of a series. Continuing students must wait until the last day of class when they receive their progress report so they know what class to take.
If enrolling on the same day as your first class, please arrive 45-60 minutes prior to class start. There are times when there are many people enrolling and the line can be long. If we cannot complete your paperwork and payment 15-minutes prior to when the class starts, you will not be able to attend that first class, which you can make-up at another time when the class is offered.
How quickly will my child progress?
This is difficult to generalize. It depends on several factors including: skaters’ natural athletic ability, amount of time spent practicing, amount of time in lessons, focus during instruction, enthusiasm for the sport, and quality of skates. In general, each level gets more difficult. Consequently, a child who moves quickly from one level to the next in the introductory levels, will need more time to graduate to more advanced levels.
Which are better group or private lessons?
For a recreational skater a combination of both group and private lessons often has the best results. Group lessons offer an affordable learning experience with other skaters which often gets a skater over their fear of trying something new. Private lessons provide intensive one on one instruction to fine-tune skills.
When can I practice?
The day of your lesson, you can skate one Public Session free of charge (no split sessions allowed, no credit if unused). If you want to skate a second session, you will have to pay for the admission and skate rental if applicable.
If you sign up for a full series, you receive 2 Guest Passes, which you can use to skate on a Public Session or have a friend join you. To use your guest pass, present your plastic skating school name tag.
How can I learn more?
Download the Frequently Asked Questions brochure, which contains lots more details. If you still have questions, please call our Pro Shop at 415/820-3521.