Learn to Skate

Be sure to read about all the changes from classes and programs to memberships!
Not sure where to start?
Contact Laura Fischer at 419-372-8686 or the Newlove Pro Shop at 419-372-2264.
Welcome to the wonderful world of ice skating at the BGSU Ice Arena!  From Figure Skating and Youth Hockey to simply learning the basics for the first time, there is a program designed for you!  Programs transition from basic instruction to joining local organizations focused on developing the ice sport of your choice!  The Ice Arena, along with local skating organizations; the Bowling Green Skate Club and the Bowling Green Youth Hockey Association, offer a full range of skating opportunities.

Learn to Skate USA (formerly U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills) is the national curriculum sponsored by U.S. Figure Skating and USA Hockey to introduce and instruct skating at the beginning levels to build a strong foundation.  Curriculum and skill levels have been revised and updated under the new Learn to Skate USA program.  Class offerings reflect the new curriculum developed under Learn to Skate USA.

Learn to Skate Programs

  • Learn to Skate lessons
  • Booster Lessons for the Basics
  • Figure Skating 101
  • BGSU Faculty/Staff lessons
  • For additional programming see the Arts on Ice and Figure Skating pages

Learn to Skate

  • Curriculum follows Learn to Skate USA badges (formerly U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills):
    • Snowplow Sam 1-4 badges
    • Basic 1-6 badges
    • Hockey 1 - 4 badges & Power Skating offered through NEW Learn to Play class - See below
  • Classes offered Saturday morning, Sunday afternoon, or Monday evening.  Click here for the session dates and times.
  • High quality, progressive skating instruction is delivered in a 30-minute class format on the Multi-Purpose ice.
  • Cost - $70.00 per person (6 week session).
    • 10% off registration fee when signing up for two or more classes per session, per skater
  • Rental skates included during lessons.
  • Each participant receives a free practice pass automatically loaded to their registration account to Public Skate.
  • A sport helmet is required of all skaters ages 3-7 and strongly recommended for skaters of any age learning new skills.  Must be provided by the paparticipant
  • Layered, comfortable clothing and gloves/mittens strongly recommended.
  • All skaters must obtain the appropriate level of membership corresponding to their skill level to participate.
  • Parents are welcome to watch lessons, but please see that your presence is not distracting to your child's participation or anyone else on the ice.  Parents are not allowed on the ice.

NEW! Learn to Play

  • Curriculum follows Learn to Skate USA badges:
    • Hockey 1 - 4 badges
    • Power Skating badge
  • Skaters must have passed either Snowplow Sam 3 or Basic 1 and be at least 4 years old.
    • If your skater is new to lessons or has not yet passed the required skill levels please enroll the age appropriate Tot or Beginner Learn to Skate classes.
  • 50-minute classes offered Saturday mornings on the Multi-Purpose ice from 10:00am - 10:50am.
  • Cost - $99.00 per person (6 week session).
    • 10% off registration fee when signing up for two or more classes per session, per skater
  • Helmet with full facemask/cage and hockey equipment required (not provided.)
  • Rental skates included during lessons.
  • Each participant receives a free practice pass automatically loaded to their registration account to Public Skate.
  • All skaters must obtain the appropriate level of membership corresponding to their skill level to participate.
  • Parents are welcome to watch lessons, but please see that your presence is not distracting to your child's participation or anyone else on the ice.  Parents are not allowed on the ice.

Booster for the basics

  • Curriculum for skaters working on Basic 1 - Basic 6 who wish to advance their skating skills at a faster pace through additional drills, skills, and level review.
  • Skaters must have already taken at least one 6-week session and be working on at least Basic 1.
  • 50-minute classes offered Wednesday evenings on the Main ice from 6:00pm - 6:50pm.
  • Cost - $110.00 per person (6 week session).
    • 10% off registration fee when signing up for two or more classes per session per skater
  • Rental skates included during lessons, if needed.
  • Each participant receives a free practice pass automatically loaded to their registration account to Public Skate.
  • A sport helmet is required of all skaters ages 3-7 and strongly recommended for skaters of any age learning new skills.
  • All skaters must obtain the appropriate level of membership corresponding to their skill level to participate.
  • Parents are welcome to watch lessons, but please see that your presence is not distracting to your child's participation or anyone else on the ice.  Parents are not allowed on the ice.

Figure Skating 101

  • Curriculum designed to cover the Pre-Free Skate and Free Skate badges in addition to preparing skaters for the next level of testing.
  • Figure Skating 101 is for the advancing figure skater to introduce multiple types of disciplines within figure skating such as Freestyle, Ice Dance, and Moves in the Field.
  • Skaters must have passed Basic 6.
  • 50-minute classes offered Wednesday evenings on the Main ice from 7:00pm - 7:50pm.
  • Cost - $110.00 per person (6 week session).
    • 10% off registration fee when signing up for two or more classes per session per skater
  • All skaters must obtain the appropriate level of membership corresponding to their skill level to participate.
  • Parents are welcome to watch lessons, but please see that your presence is not distracting to your child's participation or anyone else on the ice.  Parents are not allowed on the ice.

BGSU Faculty/Staff

2017-2018 Session Dates, Class Times, and Skill Levels

Online Registration       Registration Form

  • Lessons offered to current BGSU Faculty and Staff.
  • High quality, progressive skating instruction is delivered in a 30-minute lesson format during the afternoon Cheap Skate session.  Day of week for the 2017-18 season TBD.
  • Cheap Skate: 12:15pm - 1:15pm
    • 30-minute lesson held during Cheap Skate session
    • Remaining 30-minutes of Cheap Skate for practice
  • Rental skates provided at no cost during lesson time for each participant.
  • Cost - $35.00 per person (6 week session).
    • Each skater required to join Learn to Skate USA annually (July 1 - June 30).  Slater Family Ice Arena LTS USA membership $18.00.

Contact Information

Contact Laura Fischer, Coordinator of Ice Arena Programs, at 419.372.8686 or dunnle@bgsu.edu with specific programming questions or call the Newlove Pro Shop at 419.372.2264.