The “basic skills” are the fundamentals of the sport. These levels of the program introduce the fundamental moves: forward skating, backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers, turns and Mohawks. Upon completion of the Basic levels, skaters will have a base knowledge of the sport, enabling them to advance to more specialized areas of skating.
Beginning Learn to Skate (LTS)
New or beginning skaters ages 8-15. Primary focus to introduce forward skating, forward two foot glides and forward bubbles.
Intermediate Learn to Skate (LTS) (Beg 4/Pre Alpha)
Skaters who have completed Beginner 3, Basic LTS, Snow Plow Sam 3 or are able to move across the rink forward and backward in a gliding motion and can balance moving forward on 1 foot. Primary focus to develop forward skating, stops, backward skating, build strength and balancing on one foot to prepare for crossovers.
Advanced Learn to Skate (LTS) (Alpha/Beta)
Skaters who have completed Beginner 4, PreAlpha, Intermediate LTS, or are able to skate forward, backwards and glide forward on 1 foot proficiently. Primary focus to develop forward crossovers, introduce backward crossovers and turns.
Don’t know which lesson to register your child for? Skate lesson assessments are available several times throughout the year. For more information or to find out the next assessment date, contact the Waconia Ice Arena at (952) 442-RINK (7465).