Learn to Skate

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.  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.

New for the 2019 - 2020 Season!

In an effort to encourage early registrations there will be two Registration Fees for all classes.

  • An Early Registration Fee - All Registration Fees will stay the same amount as the prior season when completed before the first day of a class.
  • A Day Of or After Registration Fee - Any registrations completed the first day of a class or after will be increased by $10.00.

Early registration is extremely beneficial to allow the skaters and coaches the best opportunity to maximize their lesson time.

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

Designed for skaters who would like a faster pace of instruction covering a wider range of skills.  Classes held on the Main ice for 50-minutes.  Class can be taken while enrolled in a 30-minute badge specific Learn to Skate class or as a class by itself.  Skaters will also spend time putting their skills together preparing a group program for inclusion in exhibitions held throughout the season.

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

Pick up after graduating Basic 6 with Pre-Free Skate and Free Skate 1-6 badges.  Great for figure skaters learning to jump all the way through axels.  Classes held on the Main ice for 50-minutes.  Skaters will also spend time putting their skills together preparing a group program for inclusion in exhibitions held throughout the season.

Skill level
  • Skaters must have passed Basic 6
  • Pre-Free Skate
  • Free Skate 1 - 6
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

For adults wishing to continue after Adult 2 and expand their skating ability and knowledge.  A range of disciplines will covered including Moves in the Field skills, Free Skate skills, and Ice Dance skills.  Classes held on the Main ice for 50-minutes.  Skaters will also spend time putting their skills together preparing a group program for inclusion in exhibitions held throughout the season.

Skill level
  • Skaters must have passed Adult 2 or Basic 2
  • Adult 3 - 6
  • Introduction to additional disciplines
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.

Twizzles, Swizzles, and Artistry - Instruction covering all disciplines of figure skating.  Two skill level classes offered back to back from Basic 3 - Pre-Preliminary Free Skate and Preliminary - Senior Free Skate.  Classes held on the Main ice for 70-minutes.

Synchro Skills Class - A specialty class introducing Synchronized Team Skating, a great way for figure skaters to participate in a sport they love while enjoying all of the aspects of working with others in a team-oriented sport.  This 50-minute class is held on the Multi-Purpose ice for skaters working on Basic 4 and above.  

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.