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.
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.
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.