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Learn to Skate USA

which class is right for you?

Our Learn To Skate classes are designed to develop skating skills used for figure skating, hockey, speed and recreational skating.  All classes use the Learn to Skate USA Curriculum.  Before registering please plan ahead!  You will need to create a SportsEngine account and visit the Learn to Skate USA site and obtain membership with Learn to Skate USA.  



Join Our Learn To Skate USA Program

Whether you are brand new to skating, have taken lessons before, or just love to skate outside, we have the perfect class for you!  There are options for ages 3-5, beginners age 6 and above, and classes for the more advanced skaters.  Take look below to see which class is best fit for your skater.

All classes are held at the Essentia Health Sports Center,
502 Jackson Street, Brainerd, MN 56401


Snow Plow Sam Classes

Snow Plow Sam is our program for our young skaters.  This is for skaters age 3-5 years old.  This classes offers curriculum from Learn To Skate USA.  This class focuses on basic skating skills and getting your child more comfortable on the ice. Skills covered in the class include;

Snow Plow Sam 1

  1. Sit and stand up with skates on - Off the ice
  2. Sit and stand up – on ice
  3. March in place
  4. March forward 8-10 steps
  5. March, then glide on two feet
  6. Dip in place

Snow Plow Sam 2

  1. March Followed by a long glide
  2. Dip while moving
  3. Backward wiggles – six in a row
  4. Rocking Horse
  5. Forward two foot swizzles – 2-3 in a row
  6. Two-foot hop in place

Snow Plow Sam 3

  1. Forward Skating
  2. Forward 1 foot glide
  3. Forward swizzles
  4. Backward swizzles
  5. Forward Snow Plow Stop
  6. Curves

 

 

Learn To Skate Class

Learn To Skate Classes are for Age 6 years old and above. We offer a fun atmosphere to teach skating and help people learn new skills.  This class is for beginners and skaters who have been in lessons before.  Throughout the season all skaters will be given an evaluation card to show the progress made and move them up to different levels when they are ready.

These classes are a combination of on and off ice that provide the best foundation for figure skating, hockey, recreational, and speed skating.  Upon completion of these levels, skaters will be able to confidently advance to more specialized areas of skating.  

Here's where you'll start!

Basic Skills 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.  Beginning snowplow stop on two feet or one foot
  8. Bonus skill: two-foot hop in place

 

Learn To Skate Plus Class

ADVANCED CLASS

This includes our Sunday night LTS class
 

This class is for all skaters who have passed Badge 3 and above who would like to skate 2 days a week. LTS Plus is the next step for any skater looking to become more invested in the sport of figure skating and who wants to skate an additional day!  This class is designed to teach skating skills at a faster pace in a high-energy small group lesson environment utilizing the full sheet of ice.

This class introduces skaters to a "training program" and offers them an introduction to all the elements in skating and what is required if they choose to continue to skate recreational or would like to move on to competitive skating.

Skaters in this class will have the option to Learn a program to participate in our Basics Skills Competition.  They will also have the opportunity to purchase 1:1 lessons with one of our coaches if they would like.


Learn To Skate Hockey Class

We off a Learn to Skate Hockey with that follows the Learn To Skate USA curriculum.  This is open to new skaters who want to learn Hockey Skills.  For those interested in Hockey, the curriculum is designed to teach the basics of stance, stride, knee bend, edges, etc. to be successful in hockey.  Please note on your registration form that you are registering for the hockey class.

Here's where you'll start!

Hockey 1

  1.  Falling and recovery to a balanced standing position
  2.  Proper basic hockey stance (forward and backward)
  3.  March forward across the ice, 8-10 steps
  4.  Two-foot glides and dips from forward marching across the ice
  5.  Forward swizzles/double c-cuts (4-6 in a row)
  6.  T-push to a two-foot glide (hold 2-4 seconds) on a straight line, alternating feet
  7.  Snowplow stop, stationary
  8. Bonus skill: front to back and back to front turns (stationary).

Meet Our Coaching Staff

We will have 6 Coaches involved in all aspects of our Learn To Skate program.  Click below for a short Bio on each Coach.