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Learn to Skate Lessons

Spring 2024 - March 27 - May 8 (7 Weeks of Lessons)


Price: $84 *skate rentals not included*


9-9:30am: Beginner Basics (Snow Plow Sam 1 & 2)

9:30-10am: Advanced Beginner (Sam 3 & Up)

Summer 2024 - June 3 - July 29 (9  Weeks of Lessons)

Price: $108 *skate rentals not included*


9-9:30am: Beginner Basics (Snow Plow Sam 1 & 2)

9:30-10am: Advanced Beginner (Sam 3 & Up)

Registration is open.

Waconia Ice Arena offers three sessions of skate lessons for beginners through advanced skaters, ages 4 & above throughout the year. Waconia Skate School Learn to Skate instructors are professionally accredited in figure skating through United States Figure Skating (USFS) and teach the USFS basic skills approach.

The mission of the Basic Skills Learn-to-Skate Program is to provide a goal-oriented program that encourages ice skating at all levels and to enhance the quality of skating skills at these levels. Classes are professional.



To provide a fun

and safe skating experience


To teach correct technique of the basic elements


To promote health and physical wellness

For all participants to achieve the skills to perform at a higher level if they choose.



Snowplow Sam Levels

The Snowplow Sam levels are designed to help the preschool-age skater develop preliminary coordination and strength to maneuver on the ice. Snowplow Sam is a big, fuzzy polar bear who loves to skate. Time with Snowplow Sam will allow preschool children to become comfortable on the ice. The child-instructor ratio for Snowplow Sam courses is 12:1 except Snowplow Sam 1 which is 8:1.


Basic Skills Levels

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.

Find Your Level

Snowplow Sam 1 (Ages 4-7)

  • Sit and stand up with skates on – off Ice

  • Sit and stand up – on Ice

  • March in place

  • March forward – 8–10 steps

  • March, then glide on two feet

  • Dip in place

Snowplow Sam 2 (Ages 4-7)

  • March followed by a long glide 

  • Dip while moving 

  • Backward wiggles – six in a row 

  • Rocking horse – one forward, one backward swizzle 

  • Forward two-foot swizzles – 2-3 in a row 

  • Two-foot hop in place (optional)

Snowplow Sam 3 (Ages 4-7)

  • Forward skating – 8–10 steps

  • Forward one-foot glide – R and L

  • Forward swizzles – 4–6 in a row

  • Backward swizzles – 4–6 in a row

  • Forward snowplow stop with skid

  • Curves

Beginning Learn to Skate

  • New or beginning skaters ages 8-15

  • Primary focus to introduce forward skating, forward two foot glides and forward bubbles 

Intermediate Learn to Skate

  • 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

  • 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


For more information regarding our Learn to Skate programs, contact us.

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