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Learn to Skate Group Lesson Program

The Goggin Ice Center offers a complete recreational skating program with classes for all ages and abilities. Our Learn to Skate classes follow the US Figure Skating Basic Skills Program. Skaters earn level certification through a final skills test at the end of each 6-week session. Classes are offered weekly during multiple sessions in the year.

2018-2019 Session Dates
Days Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4 Session 5
Wednesday September 5-October 10

October 24–November 28

No Class 11/24

December 5–January 16 

No Class 12/26

January 23–February 27
Friday

October 12–November 16

November 30–January 11

No Class 12/28

January 25–March 1 June 14–July 19, 
Saturday September 8-October 13 October 20–December 1

December 8–January 26

No Class 12/29 & 1/19

 February 2–March 16

No Class 2/26

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Session Information

  • $90 for a 6 week session–includes skate rental
  • Lessons are 45 minutes for all levels
  • All skaters will receive two free public skating passes for additional practice
  • Helmets are required for all tot classes and skaters under the age of six. Helmets are strongly encouraged for all beginner skaters: bike helmets are a great solution!
  • Refunds are given for medical reasons only. Inclement weather does not cancel classes unless the Miami University campus is closed.
  • Sibling and multi-day discounts available
  • Learn to Skate questions? Contact David Goodman

Classes Description

TOT 1

All Tots must wear helmets on the ice. Instruction for 3–5 years old. Focus is on learning to fall and recover correctly. Balance, self confidence, and basic skating skills such as marching across the ice, dip in place, and two-foot glides. A beginner who has never skated before belongs in Tot I.

TOT 2

All Tots must wear helmets on the ice. Instruction for 3–5 years old. For the skater who has passed Tot 1 level. Focus is on learning to fall and recover correctly. Balance, self confidence, and basic skating skills such as marching followed by a long glide, dip while moving, backward wiggles, forward swizzles, rocking horse, and two-foot glide hop in place.

TOT 3

All Tots must wear helmets on the ice. Instruction for 3–5 years old. For the skater who has passed Tot 2 level. Focus is on learning to fall and recover correctly. Balance, self confidence, and basic skating skills such as forward skating, forward one-foot glide, forward swizzles, backward swizzles, forward snowplow stop, and curves. After passing Tot 3, the skater will move up to Basic 1 or 2 at the discretion the skating Director 

Hockey I

For the skater who has completed Tot 1 or Basic 1 and wants to get involved with our hockey programs. Open to 3–7 years old. Fall and recovery, proper forward and backward stance, march across the rink, rocking horse, forward swizzles, backward wiggles, snowplow stop, and T-push and glide are all taught.

Adult

Adults only (15+) Fall recovery, march forward across the ice, forward foot glide, forward swizzles, two-foot turns in place, slaloms, snowplow stop, and forward pumps on circle are all taught.

Basic 1

For the skater who is 6 years old and older and has never skated before. Correct falling and recovery, skating posture and balance, forward swizzles,backward wiggles, dips, two-foot glide, snowplow stop, and basic skating fundamentals are all taught.

Basic 2

For the skater who has completed Tot III or the Basic 1 level. Scooter pushes, one-foot glides, backwards two-foot glides, backward swizzles, backward wiggles, two-foot turn in place, and moving snowplow stop are all taught.

Basic 3

For the skater who has passed the Basic 2 level. Forward stroking, forward half pumps on the circle,moving, two-foot turn, backward one-foot glides, backward snowplow stop, and forward slaloms stroking, are all taught.

Basic 4

For the skater who has passed the Basic 3 level. Forward outside and inside edges on a circle, forward crossovers, backward pumps on the circle, backward one-foot glides, and beginning two-foot spins are all taught.

Basic 5

For the skater who has passed the Basic 4 level. Backward inside and outside edges on a circle, backward crossovers, Forward outside 3-turn, advance two-foot spin and hockey stop are all taught.

Basic 6

For the skater who has passed the Basic 5 level. Forward inside 3 turns, moving backward and two-foot turn, backward stroking, beginning one-foot spin, T-stop, bunny hop, forward spiral, are all taught.

Bridge Program

For the skaters who have passed basic 6 and are transitioning into starting private lessons and participating in competitions. Mohawks, backward crossovers, ballet jumps, waltz jumps, toe loops, salchows, and much more are taught at this level. Skills from past levels are re-enforced to continue to build a strong skating foundation.