Q - How do we know if our skater is making progress?
A - Skaters who remain in Learn to Skate will move into more advanced groups as their skills develop. Skaters who wish to compete may participate in "badge testing," which determines their ISI or U.S. Figure Skating competition levels. Testing sessions are held year-round at various Denver area rinks and they are open to all Learn to Skate students. Some testing fees and membership requirements apply. Ask your coach for details!
Q - What if I have more questions?
A - Please feel free to contact us!
Q - What should I bring?
A - Our rink is very cold because it is also used for hockey. Please dress yourself and your child as you would for 30-degree outdoor weather. At minimum this should include warm waterproof mittens, parka, socks that are at least calf-high, and a helmet. For younger skaters, we also recommend snowpants.
Q - Do we need a helmet?
A - We strongly recommend helmets for all skaters. Ski or skateboard helmets are best, but bike helmets also work well. Unfortunately, helmet rentals are not available.
Q - Do we need skates?
A - Skate rental is available at the rink. Lesson rentals currently are $1.00 per skater.
"Seeing his enthusiasm and how happy he was after each class was priceless to me."
-- Mother of a Learn to Skate student
Learn to Skate FAQ
Q - If my child has never skated before, which class should I choose?
A - We welcome all new skaters! New Groups forming.
- Tot/Adult/Homeschool groups, meeting Mondays and Fridays
- Family Fun groups, meeting Sundays.
Skating levels are assigned on the ice. Beginners skate with other beginners.
Q - Is my child ready for a group lesson?
A - If your child can follow directions, take turns with others, and has experience with other group activities, he or she probably is ready for group skating lessons.
For more cautious children or for children under age 3, we recommend one or two private lessons to build confidence before joining a group. You can read more about private lessons here.
Q - How large are your groups?
A - Groups may be as large as 15 or as small as 3, depending on the session. Weekday and summer sessions may be smaller. We give personal attention to each skater regardless of group size.
Q - What should we expect from a group lesson?
A - Group lessons focus on safety, enthusiasm, and the basic skills that are common to recreational, hockey, and figure skating. For skaters who want to develop in a specific area, we recommend a private lesson.