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Learn to Skate

Southside Learn to Skate Levels

Snowplow Sam Basic Skills Young Adult Learn to Play Hockey Adult
Snowplow Sam is for our new and beginner level skaters ages 3-6 years old. Snowplow Sam includes 2 progressive levels, teaching young skaters how to stand up, march forward, balance and glide. Class time is 25 minutes. Basic skills teach the fundamentals of ice skating for skaters ages 6-12, including forward and backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers, and turns. It includes 6 progressive levels for skaters to achieve at their own pace. All skaters 6 and older will start in our Basic Skills group. Class level is 50 minutes. For skaters 13-17 and covers our basic skills curriculum including forward and backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers, and turns. Class level is 50 minutes. Learn to Play is for skaters who have reached Basic 2 level of Learn to Skate. Instruction includes more advanced and hockey specific skating skills as well as introductory stick and puck handling. Our Adult class is for skaters 18 and older. This class offers adults of all levels to work on the fundamentals of skating.

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Pricing and Registration

Sessions 1, 2, and 3

Levels and Cost:

Snowplow Sam: $63 for 7 week session of 25 minute class

Basic Skills, Adult, and Young Adult:  $84 for 7 week session of 40 minute class, with 10 minutes of practice

Learn to Play (experience required): $98 for 7 week session of 50 minute class


Homeschool Partnerships

Are you part of Niles or Hamilton's Homeschooling Partnerships?

We are excited to be partnering with them for another season!  You must complete the appropriate registration with your homeschool partnership and complete our registration.  When you register with us, enter in the appropriate discount code "Niles3" or "Hamilton3".

Times and Information

What's included with my registration? 7 weeks of Class,  2 Open Skate Passes, Learn to Skate USA 19/20 Membership, and Skate Rental

*Note - there is a $5 Learn to Skate USA processing fee for all registrations.   We are proud to be a Learn to Skate USA registered program ensuring all of our coaches are trained and certified and we are offering a SAFE and QUALITY skating experience.   

Tuesdays: 5-5:50pm

  • Snowplow 1 & 2
  • Basic 1-3
  • Young Adult

Saturdays: 9:30-10:20pm

  • Snowplow 1 & 2
  • Basic 1-3
  • Adult
  • Learn to Play

Wednesdays: 5:20-6:10pm @ KENTWOOD

  • Learn to Play

Learn to Skate Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect the first day of class?

Arrive 20-30 minutes early on the first day of class to be sure you are able to check-in your skater, get skates on, and bundled up before class.

All levels will meet their coach off ice on the first class of the session.

Parents are not allowed on the ice or in the hockey boxes during Learn to Skate. We kindly ask parents to sit in the stands during class.

What Group/Level should my skater start in?

All beginning skaters between 3 and 6 years old are placed in the Snowplow Sam Level 1 class.  All beginner skaters ages 6 and older will start in Basic Skills Level 1. On the first day our coaches will ensure that skaters are in the level that best suits their skills.

What do I wear? 

Helmets are required (a bike helmet is fine).

Skaters are encouraged to wear layers, with a sweater or jacket, waterproof pants, gloves, and a helmet. 

As you move through our program and into our hockey or figure skating classes, other attire and equipment may be required. 

What skates should I put my child in? 

If you have a new skater, we recommend figure skates for the first few sessions.  Figure skates help new skaters balance a little more easily when they are first starting out.  If your skater's intention is to play hockey, hockey skates are fine to start in.  

Skates should fit snug, we recommend one size smaller than the shoe size and thin socks or nylons are suggested.

Should I buy or rent skates?

We suggest new skaters take advantage of rental skates for their first session or two.   Once the skater gets more comfortable, we then suggest purchasing a pair of hockey skates or figure skates.  Our coaches have a lot of experience and can point you in the right direction of where to go and skate brand.

What is your refund or make-up policy?

  • We do not offer pro-rated costs if your skater can't attend all session days.  
  • If your skater misses a class they may do a make-up class on a different class day during the week - just let a coach or the program director know.
  • Otherwise we do not offer refunds or credits other than extenuating circumstances that must be shared with the program director and is up to their discrection.

Ask the Learn to Skate Expert

Danielle Bozio

Skating School Director

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Interested in Becoming a Learn to Skate Coach?

If you or someone you know has skating experience and would be great at sharing that passion with others, then we want to hear from you! We are looking for enthusiastic and qualified coaches to join our growing program!

Please contact our LTS Director at danielle@southsidearena.com