Q & A: SKATING SCHOOL (Learn to Skate)

In Person Mon - Fri 5:30 am - 9:00 pm, Sat 6:30 am - 10:00pm & Sun 10:00am - 5:00pm

Register online HERE (Registrations processed on first come, first served basis. Sorry, no registrations by phone)

  • 13-week class - $220
  • 8-week class - $140
  • 4-week class - $78
  • All Skating School students receive National ISI membership registration which includes:

  • Recreational Ice Skating Online digital magazine
  • Excess accident insurance
  • ISI testing program and national test registration
  • Opportunity to participate in local, district and national ISI competitions and shows
  • Includes one 30-minute class each week

    One Student Discount Pass for each week of class. This voucher pass entitles you to a public session with or without skate rental for only $6.25. Vouchers expire the last day of the 13, 8 or 4-week session. Skate rental included with classes.

    A 10% ProShop discount coupon on any skate $50.00 & over.

    Complimentary loaner helmets are available. Helmets are required for all beginner classes.

    We run classes year round for beginner students so that new skaters don’t have to wait too long to get started.

    Returning students may prorate into existing classes at any time, though a private lesson or two is usually recommended to cover the material missed. Skaters who register for two Learn To Skate classes in the same semester will receive a 10% discount on the 2nd class.

    Our beginner skate package is only $99 and includes skates, skate bag, 'soakers' and gloves! (prices subject to change)

    All new beginner students, ages 4 ½ to 6 years should register for Tot A. New beginner students 6-1/2 years and older should register for Pre-Alpha and beginner teen/adult students 13+ should register for Adult/Teen Pre-Alpha.

    Children should dress in warm, comfortable clothing with lightweight socks and gloves or mittens. Long pants, sweatpants, sweaters and jackets are good choices. We require helmets for all class participants in 4-week and 8-week classes as well as for 13-week Tot A, Pre-Alpha and Adult Pre-Alpha classes.

    We suggest arriving at least 30 minutes prior to the class start time. Skaters with skate rental voucher books must present the book to the guest service teammate at the Skate Rental counter to obtain Rental Skates. Students will meet their instructor off the ice in a designated area with their skates on.

    Every few weeks in our group lessons, Skatetown offers Ribbon Testing as a way for students to measure their progress. This is very informal and an optional part of the program for those who don’t like to “test.” Each class learns approximately 20-30 maneuvers during a semester, but a different color ribbon is awarded for 5 pre-determined skills. Mastery of the skill is not always necessary, but students must demonstrate a clear understanding of the element to receive the ribbon. Unfortunately students are only tested when attending their regular class and cannot “make up” missed ribbon testing.

    Ice skating is based on “progressive learning” (one skill leads into another skill) making it important for students to take their own classes in order as much as possible. Having the same students and teacher each week, makes learning (and teaching) much more productive. Group class students will be allowed to make up whenever space permits. However, be aware that the class you make up may or may not be working on the same thing that your class was working on at the time you missed. They could be working on something your class has already mastered, or something not even started yet, leaving the skater feeling bored or very out of place. A short, private lesson with your own instructor is always the best way to cover the missed material, but if you’d like to take a make-up class, please call the Skating Director’s office at (916) 783-8550 ext 113 (or email at: skating@skatetown.biz) and schedule it at least 48 hours in advance of the class you wish to attend. Your make-up pass must be picked up first at the front desk prior to entering the ice. No make-up passes for the 1st week of Skating school or the last 2 weeks of skating school. Make-up passes cannot be written out while skating school is in progress.

    Rental Skates are included with your child’s class fees and are appropriate for beginning skaters. As skaters progress, they benefit from the comfort, support and consistency of their own skates. Additionally, they will progress much faster in their own skates. Ask your child’s professional instructor or inquire at the ProShop for a recommendation of skates based on your child’s level.

    Be sure to take advantage of the Student Discount Passes you have in your voucher book. They must be used in the current semester. The more time you spend on the ice, the more comfortable it will become. Repeat the same moves you did with your instructor. Even playing games on the ice helps develop balance and edge control. Skaters who just come to their class each week spend most of the time just “getting used to” the ice again. You will be surprised at how fast you will progress - while having fun, too! Mastering specific skills in ice skating is done through “muscle memory,” training the muscles to do things with very precise timing. The only way to achieve this kind of memorization is through repetition, or practicing the moves over and over again. Keep in mind that without additional practice time and/or private lessons, the moves will probably not be mastered in just one 13 or 8-week session. There is often just too much to cover. Do your best but work at your own pace. Rushing through the skills early will make it more difficult and discouraging later.

    A split payment plan is available but includes a $5 handling fee and final payment will be charged on the 7th week. No split payments for home school contract skaters.

    The student:teacher relationship of 12:1 will be maintained whenever possible, with the exception of the Tots class which will have a ratio of 10:1. Junior instructors are used to assist with classes whenever necessary and when enrollment exceeds the student:teacher ratio. Classes with less than five skaters registered may be combined with other age groups and/or other levels.