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Learn to Ice Skate

Learn to Skate

Group Learn To Skate Classes

 

Our Learn to Skate program is taught by experts utilizing the Learn To Skate USA Basic Skills Program. The Basic Skills program is designed by Learn To Skate USA in cooperation with U.S. Figure Skating , USA Hockey, and US Speed Skating to be the best beginning ice skating program that is fun, challenging and rewarding. It will help you learn the fundamentals of figure skating, speed skating and/or hockey skating — it's simply the best way to take to the ice.

Our Learn-To-Skate program offers 5 or 6-week sessions. Registrations include a class at the same time of day on the same day of the week for all 5 or 6 classes in the session*. Some skaters take one class per week, and some take two classes per week. Upcoming class times and dates include:

Class times:

  • Tuesdays 2-3PM
  • Tuesday 6-7PM
  • Saturdays 10-11AM

Upcoming Class Dates:

 

Fall 1 Session 2017

  •  Tuesdays - 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/03, 10/17, 10/24
  •  Saturdays - 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/21, 10/28

There are no classes Tuesday October 10th and Saturday October 14

Fall 2 Session 2017

  • Tuesdays - 11/7, 11/14, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19
  • Saturday - 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16

There are no classes the week of Thanksgiving, Tuesday November 21st and Saturday November 25th.

Make-up classes may occur, however only within the current class session and only when arranged with the Skating Director prior to any make-up classes.

Other things to remember:

  • You can start at any time - our Snowplow Sam (Tots), Basic 1, and Adult 1 classes are designed to accept new students any week, with a pro-rated registration fee. 
  • Skaters are evaluated every class and moved up to the next skill level as soon as they have completed the curriculum for their current class level.

 

Costs & Fees

6 Week sessions: $80 ($70 early bird rate), includes:

  • Weekly 30 minute lesson & 30 minutes of practice time
  • Skate rental during class (some helmet rentals are also available)
  • Extra practice pass for 6 public skating admissions

5 Week sessions: $68 ($58 early bird rate), includes:

  • Weekly 30 minute lesson & 30 minutes of practice time
  • Skate rental during class (some helmet rentals are also available)
  • Extra practice pass for 6 public skating admissions

Annual Registration Fee: $20, required, covers the cost of a US Figure Skating Basic Skills Member, records book, badges for all levels passed. Membership year runs July1-June 30. (June registrations will be applied to both the current and the following membership year.)

Discounts!!!:

Early Bird Rate: Register and purchase your classes by the following deadlines and receive $10 off!:

  • Register 7 days in advance of the start date of your class.

Family Discount:  Receive 10% off regular or early bird class rates for each additional family member from the same household participating in our Learn-TO-Skate programs.

Multi-class discount: Register for two or three classes per week, and receive the 2nd and/or 3rd weekly class at 50% off our regular rate!

Military Discount: Military families will receive 10% off any regular rate Learn-To-Skate class, military ID required.

For information on our Skating Academy Programs or to enroll in classes, please call the arena at 316-337-9199.


RECOMMENDED CLOTHING LIST:

  • Warm Gloves
  • Helmets are highly recommended and a good idea for new beginners (bicycle helmets are acceptable, aerodynamic models not recommended)
  • Light Jacket or layered jackets
  • Light to medium weight socks (1 pair only)
  • Long sleeves and long pants
  • Jeans are not recommended as they are restrictive, shorts are not permitted.
  • Girls skirts or skating dressed may be worn with tights or leggings.

Skates and gloves may be purchased the Wichita Ice Center Pro Shop. Rink temperature averages 45°to 60° year round.

* Wichita Ice Center is not responsible for personal items that may be lost or stolen. Private lockers are available for your protection. 

 

Intro to Private Lessons

Looking to enhance your learning experience? Sign up to schedule private lessons with one of our expert coaches. These introductory private lessons are offered at a discount off our regular prices, and are a great way to help your skater focus and work on skills that are more difficult to achieve and enhances the skills the already know. It also gives the skater a more structured, yet fun, additional practice time.

Packages of 3 and 6 half-hour lessons are available. Cost is $70 for three private lessons, and $135 for six private lessons, and each lesson includes one hour of skating academy freestyle ice time.

Call our office at 316-337-9199 and approach any of our Group Class instructors to book private lessons at our intro to private lesson discounted rate!**

**Skaters are eligible if they have not taken private lessons at our regular rates in the last 6 months.

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Class Information

All classes include weekly 1/2 hour lesson, skate & helmet rental, skill badge for the test level completed. Students will also recieve a punchcard for public skate admission and skate rental to allow for practice time.

Parent & Tot Curriculum

Ages 2 1/2 - 5
The Parent & Tot classes are designed to help the preschool age skater develop basic skating skills necessary to maneuver on the ice in a class setting with their parents' assistance in class on the ice. Helmets required for tots.

Snowplow Sam Curriculum

Ages 3-5
The Snowplow Sam levels are designed to help the preschool age skater develop preliminary coordination and strength necessary to maneuver on the ice. Helmets required for tots.

Basic Skills Curriculum

Ages 6 and up

The Basic Skills are the fundamentals of the sport to ages 6 and up. These eight levels of the program introduce the fundamental moves - forward skating, backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers, turns and mohawks.

Hockey Curriculum

Ages 5 and up
The hockey curriculum is designed to teach the fundamentals of hockey skating. In four badge levels, skaters will learn how to maneuver faster and be more agile on the ice. Proper skating techniques are the primary focus of the levels. All elements are taught without a stick or puck. Skaters will learn the necessary fundamentals to be successful in game situations. Participants will need hockey skates and an ice-approved certified hockey helmet. Skaters must pass Basic Skills Level 2 before entering Hockey 1-4.

Adult Curriculum

Ages 13 and up
The adult curriculum is designed for the beginning adult skater. It will promote physical fitness and improve balance and coordination while learning proper skating techniques. Divided into four levels, adult skaters will progress at an individual rate while being challenged and motivated.

Free Skate Curriculum

The free skate curriculum is designed to give skaters a strong foundation on which to build up their free skating skills. Each free skate level is divided into the following four sections: Moves in the field, Dance/footwork sequence, Spins and Jumps. This is the point where the skater can choose whether to pursue a recreational or competitive approach to the sport of figure skating. Skaters must pass Basic Skills Level 8 or Adult Level 4 before entering Free Skate 1-6.

Artistry in Motion Curriculum

The Artistry in Motion (AIM) curriculum incorporates overall body awareness, choreography, composition and artistic expression to skating techniques. Skaters must pass Basic Skills Level 8 or Adult Level 4 before entering AIM 1-4.

Theatre on Ice Curriculum

The Theatre on Ice (TOI) curriculum teaches the skater how to perform and express the three required dramatic elements including a specific theme, choreographic process, and a movement/gesture. Skaters must pass Basic Skills Level 8 or Adult Level 4 before entering TOI 1-4.

Ice Dancing

The Dance curriculum focuses on the components of ice dancing and reviews the basic edges and turns while skating to music. Skaters will learn the first six dance patterns in the U.S. Figure Skating test structure. These tests can be taken with or without a partner. Skaters must pass Basic Skills Level 8 or Adult Level 4 before entering Dance 1-6.

Advanced Bridge Program

The advanced free skate "bridge" curriculum is designed to teach skaters the appropriate skating skills at their current badge level in a more one-on-one environment. It also introduces skaters to a "training program", offering them an introduction to all the elements in skating and what is required if they choose to continue to skate or begin a competitive career. Skaters will learn the rules of the ice while skating on freestyle sessions. Skaters must pass Free Skate Level 2 before entering the Advanced Free Skate "Bridge" class.

Special Olympics/Therapeutic Curriculum

The current emphasis on the importance of physical fitness has focused attention on healthful exercise for everyone, including those with permanent physical, developmental or intellectual disabilities. Medical, sports professionals and skaters have suggested that supervised ice skating is a beneficial physical activity for providing healthy exercise and enjoyment for people with many different needs.

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