Learn To Skate

This program is a beginning ice skating program designed to be fun, challenging, and rewarding.  Certificates and badges are earned through out the progress evaluation/test held on the last day of class.  Participation in the U.S. Figure Skating Learn-to-Skate program enables skaters of all ages and abilities to learn the fundamentals of the sport as well as participate in our bi-annual ice shows and competitions.

All skating lessons include skate rental and 4 free public sessions. Registration is on a first come first serve basis. Register early to ensure class placement. Instructors hold the right to change class level as they see fit.

Pricing:  Member $34  Non-Member $36

Schedule:  Twice a week (Mondays and Wednesdays)
25 minute lessons (20 minutes for pre-school/tot classes)
Times: 5:15pm or 5:45pm

First Time Students:
Ages 5 & under Snowplow Sam 1
Ages 6 & older Basic 1

For more information about Learn-to-Skate contact Rachel Lodder at racheldeewhite@gmail.com

Learn to Skate Schedule

Session 1: Jan 9 – Feb 1 *No classes Jan 16 & 18

Session 2: Feb 6 – 22

Session 3: Mar 6 – 22

Session 4: April 3 – 19

Session 5: May 8 – 24

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)

Snowplow Sam-Discover, Learn, and Play

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)
F.Curves


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

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

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

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

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

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

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)
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