Learn To Skate

This program is a beginning ice skating program designed to be fun, challenging and rewarding. After completing ALL Basic Levels 1 through 6 and Pre-Freestyle through Freestyle 3, they will graduate from our program. After Basic 6, skaters are encouraged to join the Skating Academy and take private lessons from one of our Staff Pros.

Winter/Spring Sessions

Learn to Skate

Class 1: 5:00-5:30pm
Class 2: 5:45-6:15pm
Free time 5:30-5:45pm both Class 1 and Class 2

Session 1
January 7 – January 23 
January 7, 9, 14, 16, 23
Pricing:  Member $40     Non-Member $45

Session 2
January 28 – February 13
January 28, 30,  February 4, 6, 11, 13

Pricing:  Member $48     Non-Member $53

Session 3
February 20 – March 6
February 20, 25, 27, March 4, 6
Pricing:  Member $40     Non-Member $45

Session 4
March 11 – 27
March 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
Pricing:  Member: $48     Non-Member $53

Session 5
April 8 – April 17
April 8, 10, 15, 17
Pricing:  Member: $32     Non-Member $37

May 4 & 5 7:00pm 
April 22, 24, 29, May 1
Dress Rehearsal – TBA

Pricing:  Member: $32     Non-Member $37
Skater must be able to attend all practices and both ice shows to participate.

Session 6
May 6 – 22
May 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22
Pricing:  Member: $48     Non-Member $53

Registration closes the Saturday before the start of each session at 11:59pm. Please make sure you register early.
All skating lessons include skate rental and 4 free public sessions.

For more information about Learn-to-Skate contact Christi Sturgeon     Christi@southdavisrecreation.com

What to Do on Your First Day
  1. SIGN UP at the South Davis Recreation Center for one of our 3 week sessions!
  2. CHECK IN: Get your name badge in the lobby when you arrived at the ice rink. This name badge gives you class information such as level, class time, and the name of your instructor. Name badges are yours to keep! The badge is also a punch pass for 4 FREE bublick skating sessions so your skater can practice the skills they’re learining
  3. WHAT TO WEAR: Gloves, something warm and easy to move in, and high socks (to prevent blisters). Helmets are encouraged and welcomed!
  4. GETTING ON/OFF THE ICE: Skaters may enter the ice at the time their class begins. Classes are 25 minutes (tots are 20 minutes) with 5 minutes of free time at the end. For safety reasons, the first class will exit the ice through the “tunnel” (which leads out to the main lobby). Parents are more than welcome to meet their skaters in the tunnel.
Snow Plow Sam (ages 2 - 5)
The Snowplow Sam levels are introductory classes divided into four progressive levels allowing children with no prior skating experience to build confidence while learning the basic skills of skating. These classes are designed to help children six and younger develop the ABC’s of movement-Agility, Balance, Coordination and speen. The ABC’s are essential for developing fundamental movement skills and physical literacy. All classes will be taught in a safe and positive environment, incorporating fun and games making class time an enjoyable experience for all.

Snowplow Sam 1

A. Sit and stand up with skates on – off ice
B. Sit and stand up – on ice
C. March in place
D. March forward – 8 – 10 steps
E. March , then glide on 2 feet
F. Dip in place

Snowplow Sam 2

A. March followed by a long glide
B. Dip while moving
C. Backward walking, toes turned inward, shifting weight (4-6 steps)
D. Backward wiggles (6 in a row)
E. Forward swizzles (2-3 in a row)
F. Beginning snowplow stop motion-in place or holding onto barrier
G. Two-foot hop, in place (optional)

Snowplow Sam 3

A. Forward skating (8-10 strides)
B. Forward one-foot glide, two times skaters height (R and L)
C. Forward swizzles (4-6 in a row)
D. Backward swizzles (2-3 in a row)
E. Moving forward snowplow stop (two-foot)

Snowplow Sam 4

A. Forward skating
B. Backward two-foot glide, length of skater’s height
C. Backward swizzles (4-6 in a row)
D. Rocking horse-one forward, one backward swizzle, repeat twice
E. Two-foot turns from forward to backward, in place (both directions)
F. Two-foot hop, in place

Basic 1
  1. Sit on ice and stand up
  2. March forward across the ice
  3. Forward two-foot glide
  4. Dip
  5. Forward swizzles (6-8 in a row)
  6. Backward wiggles (6-8 in a row)
  7. Snowplow stop
  8. Rocking horse (2-3 in a row)
  9. Two-foot hop in place (optional)
Basic 2
  1. Forward one foot glides – (R and L)
  2. Backward two-foot glide
  3. Backward swizzles (6-8 in a row)
  4. Two-foot turn from forward to backward in place
  5. Moving snowplow stop
  6. Forward alternating half swizzle pumps in a straight line (slalom-like pattern)
Basic 3
  1. Forward stroking, showing correct blade use
  2. Forward half swizzle pumps on a circle (6-8 consecutive counter- & clockwise)
  3. Moving forward to backward two-foot turn (counter- & clockwise)
  4. Backward one-foot glides (R and L)
  5. Forward slalom
  6. Two-foot spin (up to two revolutions)
Basic 4
  1. Forward outside edge on a circle (R and L)
  2. Forward inside edge on a circle (R and L)
  3. Forward crossovers (counter- & clockwise)
  4. Forward outside three-turn, R and L from a stand-still position
  5. Backward half swizzle pumps on a circle (counter- & clockwise)
  6. Backward stroking
  7. Backward snowplow stop (R and L)
Basic 5
  1. Backward outside edge on a circle (R and L)
  2. Backward inside edge on a circle (R and L)
  3. Backward crossovers (counter- & clockwise)
  4. Beginning 1-foot spin- up to three revs, optional entry and free-foot position
  5. Hockey stop
  6. Side toe hop (both directions)
Basic 6
  1. Forward inside three-turn (R and L from a standstill position)
  2. Moving backward to forward 2-foot turn on a circle (counter- & clockwise)
  3. T-stop (R and L)
  4. Bunny hop
  5. Forward arabesque/spiral on a straight line (R or L)
  6. Forward lunge (R or L)

Public Skating Sessions

10:00am - 12:00pm
12:15pm - 2:15pm
6:30pm - 8:15pm

10:00am - 12:00pm
12:15pm - 2:15pm
6:45pm - 8:45pm

10:00am - 12:00pm
12:15pm - 2:15pm

10:00am - 12:00pm
12:15pm - 2:15pm
7:00pm - 9:00pm

7:00pm - 9:00pm NO PUBLIC 5/3 due to the Spring Ice Show

7:00pm-9:00pm NO PUBLIC 5/4 due to the Spring Ice Show


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