Learn to Skate Lessons

January 4 - February 22

 

Waconia Ice Arena offers three sessions of skate lessons for beginners through intermediate skaters, ages 4 & above. 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.

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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 progressional.

Objectives

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To provide a fun

and safe skating experience

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To teach correct technique of the basic elements

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To promote health and physical wellness

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

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About

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.

About

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

  • 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 1 (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 2 (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

Snowplow Sam 3 (Ages 4-7)

  • New or beginning skaters ages 8-15

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

Beginning 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

Intermediate 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

Advanced Learn to Skate

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

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Tel: 952-442-RINK (7465)

Email: BWoitas@waconia.org

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1250 Oak Ave.
Waconia, MN 55387

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