Learn to Skate - Frequently Asked Questions

Great Park Ice has group classes for all ages and abilities. Even if you have never skated previously, there is an entry level class just perfect for you:

Ages 3-6

  • Tot (Snowplow Sam 1)
  • Parent & Me 

Note: Snowplow 1-4 for the Tots is equivalent to Basic 1 or Hockey 1 for youth.  After passing Snowplow 4, skaters advance to Basic 2 or Hockey 2.

Ages 7-11

  • Youth Basic 1 
  • Youth Hockey 1

Note: Basic 1 (figure skating) and Hockey 1 are comparable entry level classes.  Hockey 1 will be taught by a hockey instructor using hockey terminology.   Basic 1 

Ages 12-17

  • Teen Basic 1

Note: All teens start in Teen Basic 1.   After passing, teens have the option of joining Basic 2 (figure skating) or Hockey 2.

Ages 18 & up

  • Adult Beginner (Adult 1)

A learn to skate session include the following:

  • One half-hour lesson per week
  • Public Session admission on the day of your class
  • Skate rental on the day of your class
  • Five additional Public Session passes (passes expire on the last day of the session)
  • Mid Series Practice Guide
  • Progress Report on the second to last class
  • Certificate of Completion on the last class

If you or your skaters can confidently perform the following skills, please contact Great Park Ice Learn to Skate gpilearntoskate@therinks.com to schedule an evaluation.

Tots ages 3-6: Stand up on own, march, and GLIDE

Youth / Teens: Skate forward, glide, forward, stop, and skate backward

Adults: March forward and glide

We recommend all skaters start in our group lesson program because it is fun to learn in a group, a great value, and you will be exposed to many of our wonderful staff!

Our classes break down to $18.75 per week and include: weekly 30 min lesson, public session on the day of the class, skate rental, 5 extra practice passes per session.

Private lessons range from $40-$50+ per 30 min depending on the instructor plus ice time and skate rental.

The Basic 4 level is a great time to start supplemental private lessons as the skill set becomes more difficult at this level.  Additionally, if your skater is interested in doing competitions and shows (available to skaters of ALL levels), a private lesson coach and assist you with these skating opportunities.  

*No make ups or scheduling of makeups week 1 of class
*Makeups will be allowed only if there is room available in a class after week 1
*No makeups on evaluation week (second to last week)
*One makeup allowed per session per registration and must be made up during the session
*If skater cannot attend a makeup class, two public session passes that do not expire will be added to customer’s account (this can be done for one missed class only per registration)
*All makeups must be scheduled through our Program Office greatparkiceinfo@therinks.com 
*When checking in for your makeup, please visit Program Office desk to obtain your sticker
*Walk in makeups will not be accepted - please schedule at least 48 hours in advance

  • Early Registration - $10 off by early registration deadline
  • We recommend dressing in layers including pants that allow for movement.
  • BRING GLOVES or mittens - ski / waterproof gloves are recommended for extra protection
  • Wear thin socks that come above the ankle so skates can fit snug
  • Helmets are VERY STRONGLY recommended.  A snow cap rolled up in the back can also provide extra padding.
  • Snow pants are great for tots their first days to stay dry as they are finding their balance.

Skate rental is included with your class.  We recommend getting your own skates by the Basic 4 level so that you have a consistent fit and feel each week and equipment that will be suited for the more difficult skills at this level and higher.  

Skates should fit very snug. If skates are too big it will be very difficult to balance.

All skaters should start in figure skates as it is much easier to balance on the longer, flatter blades. When it is time to transition to hockey skates, we recommend doing so during practice to adjust before the next lesson.

All skaters will receive an evaluation the second to last week of class so you know what level to sign up for next.   It generally takes 16-24 weeks to pass a level.   Skaters can also be moved up mid-session if an instructor or the Skating Lead or Manager feels the skater is ready.   It is our priority that all skaters receive a solid foundation to build on for future skills before moving up to the next level. 

We do not have trial classes; however, if your child does not want to continue after the first class, we will credit / refund all but the first class.  

Skaters can practice on public session the day of class at no additional charge.  Skaters will also receive 5 extra practice passes that can be used on any Public Sessions.   

There is also a "practice area" on class days in the first lane for skaters to practice before / after class.  This is only for skaters enrolled in class that day to keep the area safe and productive for all skaters.