Learn To Skate




What is Learn to Skate?

Learn to Skate is an ice skating program that consists of group lessons covering the basic elements for every type of skating (hockey, figure skating, power, and sometimes speed), and testing to measure the skater’s progress. The program is based on the United States Figure Skating “Learn to Skate USA” program. Learn to Skate is for all ages.

Sherwood Ice Arena offers a wide variety of skating programs for all ages and ability levels. Our group lessons are structured to teach beginning skaters through more advanced skaters.

Group instruction includes:

  • 30 minute group class
  • Skate rentals
  • UNLIMITED FREE public sessions for beginners in Basic 4 and below while you are enrolled in Learn to Skate (the exception is Friday evenings Public Sessions) (skates not included)
  • Free public sessions on the day of your class (skates included the day of your class)
  • Four free guest passes for your to bring a friend or family member with you (skates not included)
  • Certificate of accomplishment at the end of the semester
  • USFS Badge testing at the end of the semester

For questions and more information, please contact Alyssa Orchard, Skating Director, at alyssa@sherwoodicearena.com.

Click here for a conceptual sample of a class schedule and times.

How Much Does It Cost?

Most group classes are $11 per class (Parent and Me is $13) payable at the beginning of a semester with an additional $1 admin fee for the semester.

Semester Outline:

1 Month Semesters: June, July, August, and September

2 Month Semesters: October/November, December/January, February/March, and April/May

*We offer make up classes! If you miss a day, come the next class time and make it up! Please call ahead and let us know that you are taking a make up class and come 5 minutes earlier than normal and check in with Guest Services. No make up classes are offered the last 2 weeks of a semester.

What is Testing?

On the last day of the semester, the coach will conduct a test for all his/her students. The students are expected to perform the moves in their level, which they have been working on all semester. When the students can show they have mastered all the moves, the coach will pass them onto the next level.

How Do I Get Started?

Register at the front desk at any time. You can register at the desk or call Guest Services at 503-625-5757 and register over the phone with your credit card. Our classes run year round and the Sherwood Ice Arena Guest Services personnel at the front desk will help you find out how you or your children can get started!

What Do I Wear?

Dress warmly with layers of clothing. Sweat pants and shirts, leggings, warm-up pants are ideal. Try not to be too bulky, this can make the skater uncomfortable and less likely to want to stay and learn. Dress warmly even in the summer!

Bring gloves and a helmet (for beginning skaters). Bike helmets are acceptable. Helmets are not required, but highly encouraged. Feet will feel best with lightweight socks (one pair) or tights.

What About Skates?

Rental skates are available and are a very good way to start. Skating boots should fit snugly. We recommend figure skates for those just starting out.

How Long Will it Take to Learn to Skate?

Everyone can learn to skate! Everyone learns at a different rate, but those students who practice are more likely to progress faster.

Who Teaches the Classes?

Qualified Professional Instructors who are registered with the Professional Skaters Association and USFS will teach the classes.

Class Tips:

– Arrive at least 15 minutes early for lessons to put skates on.

– When a skater learns the skills at one level, they take a test, receive a badge, and move up to the next level. Skaters may not move to the next level without their coach’s permission.

– NO food, drinks, or gum is allowed on the ice.

– Please consult a professional instructor before purchasing skates.

– Parents:  Please allow the instructors to conduct their class. Never walk on to the ice in shoes or shout instructions to your child from the door or over the glass.

– Praise every accomplishment of your child!  Keep it a positive, fun experience.

Note: All missed classes and free Public Session MUST be used in the current semester.

Click here  for the current program guide with lots of parental information.



Schedule Updates

Recent changes to our schedule:
Changes to our regular schedule updated as of; March 20th.

Starting Saturday 3/18 and Sunday 3/19 we add Stick Time back into our weekend schedule. Saturday’s session will be from 6:00-7:15am and Sunday’s session will be from 9:45-11:00am.

Beginning Saturday 3/18 the two 1 hour morning Prime Time Freestyle Session times were adjusted. The new Saturday hours for the spring and summer months will be: 7:30-8:30am and also from 8:40-9:40am. On Sundays 3/19 we added two 1 hour Prime Time Freestyle Sessions from 6:00-7:00am and also 7:05-8:05am.

Thirty minute “drop in” Power classes was added to our spring and summer schedule from 9:50-10:20am and also from 10:20-10:50am every Saturday.

We are excited to bring back Dance Session to our spring/summer schedule too! We’ve lengthened the session and this year it is from 8:15-9:30am each Sunday.

Beginning with the week of 3/20 weekday morning Freestyle Session hours will look like this through the spring and summer months:
Mon, Tue, Wed, & Fri there will be five 1 hour Freestyle Sessions from 5:00-9:15am.
On Thursday’s our Freestyle sessions will be two 1 hour sessions from 7:15-9:15am.

Starting with the April/May session Learn to Play Hockey class will be offered on Friday evenings from 5:15-6:15pm and no longer will it be held on Thursdays.

The last 5:15pm Friday evening Stick Time will be offered on 3/31.

On Tuesday 4/4 the 4th hour (6:15-7:15pm) of Prime Time Freestyle will be cancelled.

Beginning Thursday 4/6 Super Stick Time & Family Pick Up will return to SIA’s hockey offerings, but this year it will be held on Thursdays evenings from 5:15-7:15pm.

Starting with the 4/7 Session Adult Skills Class will be offered on Friday evenings from 6:25-7:25pm and will no longer be held on Thursdays.

All activities on Saturday April 8th are canceled due the Spring Competition were are hosting.

All regularly scheduled events will be hosted at their normal times unless otherwise posted here.

Please call (503) 625-5757 for more updates and questions.

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