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LEARN TO SKATE

Adult (Ages 18+)

Learn to Skate USA

The Y is associated with the Learn to Skate USA movement to make our skating programs more consistent and cohesive for all ages and levels. Learn to Skate USA provides a fun and positive experience for all skaters, inspiring a lifelong love of skating. With Learn to Skate USA, the Y will teach children and adults the fundamentals of ice skating while building confidence and providing a progressive curriculum that ensures success from the first steps on the ice to mastery of advanced skills. With this affiliation, we promote the health and fitness benefits of ice skating and equip each participant with the foundation necessary to reach their goal — be it recreation or competitive in nature. 

Adult – Beginner to Advanced (Ages 18+)

The adult curriculum is designed for both beginning and experienced adult skaters who wish to improve their skating skills. Participation in the program will help promote physical fitness and improve balance and coordination while teaching proper skating techniques. This is an exciting program for people who look to skating as an enjoyable part of a fit and healthy lifestyle.

LEARN TO SKATE LEVELS

Adult 1

  1. Falling and recovery; on ice
  2. Forward marching
  3. Forward two-foot glide
  4. Forward swizzles (4-6 in a row)
  5. One forward swizzle/one backward swizzle (rocking horse)
  6. Dip
  7. Forward snowplow stop – two feet or one foot

Adult 2

  1. Forward skating across the width of the ice
  2. Forward one-foot glides, R and L
  3. Forward slalom
  4. Backward skating
  5. Backward swizzles (4-6 in a row)
  6. Two-foot turns in place

Adult 3

  1. Forward stroking using the blade properly (begin with repetitive one-foot pushes)
  2. Forward half-swizzle pumps on the circle; 6 to 8 in a row, clockwise and counterclockwise
  3. Moving forward to backward and backward to forward two-foot turn on a circle, clockwise and counterclockwise
  4. Backward skating into a long two-foot glide
  5. Forward chasses on a circle, clockwise and counterclockwise
  6. Backward snowplow stop, R and L

Adult 4

  1. Forward outside edge on a circle, R and L
  2. Forward inside edge on a circle, R and L
  3. Forward crossovers, clockwise and counterclockwise
  4. Backward one-foot glides, R and L
  5. Backward half-swizzle pumps on a circle, clockwise and counterclockwise
  6. Hockey stop, both directions

Adult 5

  1. Backward outside edge on circle, R and L
  2. Backward inside edge on a circle, R and L
  3. Backward crossovers, clockwise and counterclockwise
  4. Forward outside three-turn, R and L
  5. Forward swing rolls to a count of six
  6. Beginning two-foot spin

Adult 6

  1. Forward stroking with crossover end patterns
  2. Backward stroking with crossover end patterns
  3. Forward inside three-turn, R and L
  4. Forward outside to inside change of edge on a line, R and L
  5. T-stop, R or L
  6. Lunge
  7. Two-foot spin into one-foot spin

Learn to Skate Notes: Skate rental is included, helmets are recommended for beginners and gloves are encouraged. Please arrive approximately 15 minutes early for skate fitting. Sessions are limited to 12 skaters for Basic Skills Levels 1-4 and 8 skaters for Snowplow Sam and Adult. Classes may be combined, depending on enrollment. Late registrations may be accepted if there’s availablity. We will do our best to make up classes that are canceled due to weather. Sessions are divided into 30 minutes of instruction followed by (or preceded by) 30 minutes of practice time. You will receive your schedule (if you’re beginning with instruction or beginning with practice) at your first session.








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Private Ice Skating Lessons

We offer private and semi-private skating lessons for recreational skaters, figure skaters and hockey players. Lessons are offered during our rec skate times or freestyle times depending on skill level. 

Private Lessons

  • Member: $28
  • Non-member: $34

Semi-Private Lessons

  • Member: $20 (per person)
  • Non-member: $25 (per person)

Call 303-443-4474 ext. 6201 or email us to sign up for private lessons. 

Ice Department: Figure Skating & Learn to Skate

303-443-4474 ext. 6203
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