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Learn to Skate

Children learning to Ice skate

Step 1: Learn to Skate introduces participants to ice skating in a fun, group setting and focuses on skating basics. Our award-winning programs teach skills logically and progressively in a fun and enjoyable way to help all skaters enjoy ice sports.

After mastering the fundamentals in Step 1, skaters continue to Step 2 where they continue to develop skating skills and technique. Skaters who wish to play hockey, will need to have taken at least one season in hockey skates and have the recommendation of their instructor. Undecided? No worries! The Skating track continues skill progression and advancement.

Age: At least 3 years old and potty-trained.

Equipment: A helmet, such as a bike helmet or HECC helmet is required. Rental skates are available on a first-come, first-served basis and included in the class fee.

  • A program’s price represents the class experience delivered over a season (4-8 week span)
  • Special Events usually occur towards the end of a season and may be scheduled on a different day or time and in a different location than the original class.
  • An ISI (Ice Sports Industry) membership, a $15 value, is included in the class fee.
  • Additional skating opportunities (events, programs, discounts, private lessons and more) may be available.
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Looking for something more advanced?
Try Step 2. Learn to Skate

See also, Teen/Adult Learn to Skate for ages 16+.

3 adults with instructor learning basic skating

You’re never too old to ice skate! Skaters ages 16 and older are invited to learn to skate or enhance their skating skills in a fun and comfortable learning environment. Classes include group instruction and free time and encourage skaters to learn at their own pace. Skaters will be grouped by age and/or ability as needed.

Age: 16+

Equipment: A helmet, such as a bike helmet or HECC helmet is required. Rental skates are available on a first-come, first-served basis and included in the class fee.

  • A program’s price represents the class experience delivered over a season (4-8 week span)
  • Special Events usually occur towards the end of a season and may be scheduled on a different day or time and in a different location than the original class.
  • An ISI (Ice Sports Industry) membership, a $15 value, is included in the class fee.
  • Additional skating opportunities (events, programs, discounts, private lessons and more) may be available.
FIND A SESSION

Got the basics, but want to develop some hockey skills? Check out Adult Instructional Hockey or Women’s Skill Clinics.

Children learning to ice skate

Step 2 classes are broken down into two sections. For skaters new to Step 2, we offer a 25-minute class that transitions skaters to more skill-based instruction and self-directed class format. Instructors continue to use games, songs and toys to keep learning fun. It is generally recommended for skaters ages 3 to 6 although older skaters are welcome.

Our second section of Step 2 is 50 minutes and generally recommended for skaters 7-15 years, although ages 3-6 can participate with a recommendation from an instructor. Instructors will focus on skills in longer stretches which requires participants to work more independently. Instructors use tools such as skill linking, props and free time to aid skill development. If desired, skaters can perform their skill linking at the season’s special event.

Age: 3 to 6 and 7 to 15

Requirements: For skaters who have mastered the skills in FMC Step 1: Learn to Skate

Equipment: A helmet, such as a bike helmet or HECC helmet is required. Rental skates are available on a first-come, first-served basis and included in the class fee.

  • A program’s price represents the class experience delivered over a season (4-8 week span)
  • Special Events usually occur towards the end of a season and may be scheduled on a different day or time and in a different location than the original class.
  • An ISI (Ice Sports Industry) membership, a $15 value, is included in the class fee.
  • Additional skating opportunities (events, programs, discounts, private lessons and more) may be available.
FIND A SESSION

See also, Step 1: Learn to Skate. After completing Step 2, you can move on to Step 3: Learn to Skate. Interested in hockey? Bruins FUNdamentals might be right for you.

Children learning to ice skate

Step 3: Learn to Skate Classes are 50 minutes. Instructors continue the techniques used in Step 2 to develop a solid skating foundation such as gliding, proper pushing technique, beginning edge use and more. Tools such as skill linking (chaining learned skills together), props and free time aid skill development. If desired, skaters can perform their skill linking, which may include small groups being highlighted, at this season’s special event.

Age: 3 to 16

Requirements: For skaters who have mastered the skills in Step 2: Learn to Skate.

Equipment: A helmet, such as a bike helmet or HECC helmet is required. Rental skates are available on a first-come, first-served basis and included in the class fee.

  • A program’s price represents the class experience delivered over a season (4-8 week span)
  • Special Events usually occur towards the end of a season and may be scheduled on a different day or time and in a different location than the original class.
  • An ISI (Ice Sports Industry) membership, a $15 value, is included in the class fee.
  • Additional skating opportunities (events, programs, discounts, private lessons and more) may be available.
FIND A SESSION

Need more of the basics? Check out Step 2: Learn to Skate. Ready for more? Try our Skating Club Group Class.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do to prepare for class?

  • Arrive 15-20 minutes prior to the program start time.
  • Adhere to all prerequisites and equipment requirements.
  • Have the participant wear warm, comfortable layers that allow for movement. Long sleeves & pants, gloves or mittens are recommended. Little ones should wear waterproof items.
  • You are welcome to bring your own skates although double blade skates are not permitted.
  • Practice makes progress! Public skating sessions are a great way to practice and get the most out of your lessons.

Should I purchase skates?

Skate rental is included in the cost of your class. We have both recreational skates and hockey skates to try. Starting in our rental skates might be a good way to know if making a purchase would be beneficial. Program Supervisors can advise you as well. If you do purchase skates, they do not come sharpened. Be sure to leave enough time for sharpening before the first class.

What's an ISI Membership?

The Ice Sports Industry (ISI) is a trade organization that helps arenas facilitate programs. An Ice Sports Industry Membership offers many benefits. Learn more at skateisi.org.

What else I should know before registering?

Whether you're new or have skated with us before, our "General Program Information" page can answer many of your questions

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