Learn to Skate

Welcome to the wonderful world of ice skating at the Slater Family 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.  Skaters can begin taking lessons at age three all the way through adult ages!

Learn to Skate USA 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.

COVID-19 policies supersede other specific facility or program policies.  Please visit the Slater Family Ice Arena Coronavirus page for specific details.

Learn to Skate Information

Each class' curriculum follows Learn to Skate USA Basic, Free Skate, and Adult, badges. In order to participate, all skaters must obtain the appropriate level of membership corresponding to their skill level. Parents are welcome to watch classes, 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.

What is included?

  • Fall I, Fall II, Winter I, and Winter II sessions - Six weeks of 30-minute lessons held on the Multi-Purpose ice.
  • Spring sessions - Five weeks of 30-minute lessons held on the Multi-Purpose.
  • Summer I session - Four weeks of 30-minute lessons held on the Main ice.
  • Summer II session - Five weeks of 30-minute lessons held on the Main ice.
  • Rental skates during class.
  • Free practice pass automatically loaded to their registration account to Public Skate (skate rental not included outside of lesson time).

What to Bring?

  • A sport helmet is required of all skaters
  • Gloves/mittens
  • Thin socks or knee high stockings
  • Layered, comfortable clothing

What class/skill level do I sign up for?

  • New skaters - Enter lessons at the Tot (ages 3-4), Beginner (ages 5-7 & 8-16), or Adult (17 and older) classes based on age.
  • Returning skaters - Sign up for the class level indicated on the last evaluation sheet handed out.  Sign up for the same class/skill level previously taken if you did not get an evaluation sheet, forget, or have been off the ice for an extended period of time.  Skaters can always be moved up or down a skill level once evaluated by a coach.
  • If you are not sure which class is the appropriate place to begin contact Ice Arena staff at 419-372-2264 or Laura Fischer at 419-372-8686, dunnle@bgsu.edu.

 Learn to Skate Classes

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Skill Levels:
  • Tots (ages 3-4): Snowplow Sam 1-4 badges
  • Beginner (ages 5-7): Basic 1-2 badges
  • Beginner (ages 8-13): Basic 1-2 badges
  • Beginner Adult (age 14+): Adult 1-2 badges
Sessions:
  • Fall I - 6 weeks, $70.00
  • Fall II - 6 weeks, $70.00
  • Winter I - 6 weeks, $70.00
  • Winter II - 6 weeks, $70.00

*10% off registration fee when signing up for any two or more classes per session, per skater

Skill Levels:
  • Intermediate: Basic 3-4
  • Advanced: Basic 5-6
Sessions:
  • Fall I - 6 weeks, $70.00
  • Fall II - 6 weeks, $70.00
  • Winter I - 6 weeks, $70.00
  • Winter II - 6 weeks, $70.00

*10% off registration fee when signing up for any two or more classes per session, per skater

Beginner skaters working on Basic 2 – 6, still gaining their skills and exploring what skating has to offer.  Programming offered to introduce the wide range of skating from figure skating, youth hockey, to recreational skating.  Skills begin to have a greater focus on figure skating at levels Basic 4-6. Skaters will prepare a group program to perform at seasonal exhibitions that reinforces the skills they are learning.  Additional opportunities available based on skating interest. *If skater is 14 or older, inquire about the Advanced Adult class.

Skill level
  • Skaters must have passed Basic 1
  • Basic 2 - Basic 6 badges covered.  Skaters are broken down into skill appropriate groups.
Sessions:
  • Fall I - 6 weeks, $110.00
  • Fall II - 6 weeks, $110.00
  • Winter I - 6 weeks, $110.00
  • Winter II - 6 weeks, $110.00

*10% off registration fee when signing up for any two or more classes per session, per skater

Performance Classes - Classes focused on introducing and preparing skaters for varying exhibitions and competitions throughout the season.  Offered at a variety of age and skill levels beginning at Snowplow Sam/Basic 1 through Advanced Figure Skating.

Aspire to Twizzle and Swizzle - On-ice curriculum includes USFS ASPIRE programming and follows a rotating schedule each week incorporating the following disciplines and elements: Jumps, Moves in the Field, Spins, and Dance.  An on-ice conditioning class is also included.  Skaters practice their skills and develop artistic choreography while preparing group programs performed at seasonal exhibitions.

On-Ice Conditioning for Figure Skaters - This class is part of the Twizzle & Swizzle class OR can be taken as a stand-alone class. Conditioning is an important component to skill development, in addition to the general health and wellness of skaters all ages and skill levels.  Conditioning ON THE ICE is a unique way to incorporate having fun skating while working up a sweat!

Aspire to Figure Skate - Curriculum designed to cover Pre-Free Skate/Free Skate levels through advanced figure skating test levels, including USFS ASPIRE programming. Encompasses the fundamentals of learning to jump and spin through doubles and beyond while also focusing on skating skills and elements from Moves in the Field. Skaters practice their skills and develop artistic choreography while preparing group programs performed at seasonal exhibitions.

Advanced Adults - Skaters ages 14 and older beginning at Basic/Adult 3 up through advanced figure skating test levels.  TEENS AND COLLEGIATE SKATERS WELCOME! A range of disciplines will covered including skills from Moves in the Field, Free Skate, and Ice Dance; as artistic choreographic exercises.  All skills will be put into action while preparing group programs performed at seasonal exhibitions (for those who wish).

Hockey School Classes - Classes and clinics specific to the development of hockey skills from introductory to Bantam skill levels offered at varying times throughout the season.