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We're Back!

Southside Families,

We are so thrilled to be back on the ice with your skaters for the Fall session.  The health and safety of our patrons and staff is our top priority. We thank you in advance for your cooperation and respect for our guidelines.

Below our the biggest changes you will notice.  Please review these as well as the attached PDF with your skaters.  

Southside Skating School Covid-19 Changes

  • Families/Skaters must abide by our facility policies and protocols (see document to the right).
  • Skaters are allowed 1 spectator in the building with them.
  • Skaters may enter the building 15 minutes before class time and we ask that you exit the building 10 minutes after class ends.
  • Masks must be worn at all times including while on the ice 
  • Skaters must wear gloves at all times when on the ice
  • Skaters will check in each week prior to entering the building - this is for contact tracing purposes and temps will be taken
  • We will not be having Snowplow Sam level classes as this group requires the most close contact and hands on coaching
    • We hope to add back our Snowplow levels in the winter/spring
    • We will have a Basic 1 group that starts at age 5
  • Instruction will be 45 minutes long, no free time at the end.
  • Classes are capped at 10 skaters per skill level.
  • Note that we will all do our best to be socially distant while on the ice and instructing but there may be situations in which close distance can occur. 
  • If anyone from your family is waiting on a Covid test result, experiencing Covid-19 symptoms, or isn’t feeling well, please stay home.

Session 1

Class Levels

Basic 1 (Ages 5-7)

Basic 2 (Ages 8+)

Basic 3

Young Adult (Ages 13 - 17) *Tuesdays Only*

Pricing and Registration

$96 for 8 weeks

Plus a one time $18 Learn to Skate USA Membership.  This is once per season and covers all skating sessions through July 2021.  We are a registered program with LTS USA with registered coaches who are trained and have background checks.  You will be registered as a member which includes additional insurance for your skater.

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 "Niles2020" or "Hamilton2020".

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