Learn to Skate

John MacInnes Student Ice Arena Learn to Skate & Hockey Fundamentals FAQs

Our Learn to Skate program offers fun, challenging, and rewarding beginning skating classes for all ages and abilities. Students learn at their own level with others in their age group; classes are available for preschool (3­–5 years, also known as Snowplow Sam), Basic Skills Levels 1-6 (6 years and up), and Pre-Free Skate (a combination of Basic Levels 7 & 8).

The Learn to Skate program meets weekly for a 1hr and 20 min time slot. On one side of the ice, (3) 25-minute group lesson times rotate for the duration of the program time, while on the other side of the ice is an open practice session for skaters registered for lessons as well as their guardians and siblings. Please note that the practice session is NOT available to the general public - one skater from the family must be enrolled in the lessons - and the practice session is sold as a package and not available for individual sale each week. Instructors are not provided on the practice side of the ice and guardians are encouraged to join the children on the ice. Skates are required to be worn on the ice at all times.

Pre-registration is required for the Learn to Skate program and the level of the lessons scheduled during each 25-minute period depends on the enrollment and levels of the participants in the session. Skaters are placed in the appropriate class level by the lead skating instructor prior to the first day of class. Beginning class level assignments are based on the age of the participants and more advanced class level assignments are based on required skill sets per the curriculum. Skaters may move up a class level anytime during the session (by meeting the skill set criteria) and their class time may be changed to any one of the (3) 25-minute class periods. If skaters are moved up a level/time, the parent will be notified by email prior to the next class date of the new class time.

Beginning skaters and children under 5 must wear a helmet. On-ice students should dress in warm layers: long pants, sweater, jacket, hat, and mittens. Single-blade skates are recommended. Rental skates not available.

Skaters from the Learn to Skate program have the opportunity to participate in additional events. These include the Turkey Trot Competition, Holiday Recital, and Spring Ice Show. Additional fees apply.

Summer Session 2: August 7-28 (4 weeks)

Registration for this session closes July 30.

Day/Time

  • Monday, 6:00-7:20 p.m.

Session Cost

Lesson & Practice $50*
Practice only (siblings & guardians) $10/session

*MTEFCU members, present your MTEFCU Debit card, personal check or MTEFCU Member I.D. and receive a $10 discount.

Registration and payment can be completed online, by phone at 906-487-2073, or at the SDC Ticket Office. You’ll receive an admission ticket to present to your instructor on the first day of class.


Fall Session 1: September 17 - October 22 (6 weeks)

Registration for this session closes September 10.

Day/Time

  • Sunday, 5:00-6:20 p.m.

Session Cost

Lesson & Practice $72*
Practice only (siblings & guardians) $12/session (Must have minimum (1) skater in family signed up for lessons.)

*MTEFCU members, present your MTEFCU Debit card, personal check or MTEFCU Member I.D. and receive a $10 discount.

Registration and payment can be completed online, by phone at 906-487-2073, or at the SDC Ticket Office. You’ll receive an admission ticket to present to your instructor on the first day of class.


Fall Session 2: October 29 - December 17 (6 weeks)

Registration for this session closes October 22. No class November 19 & 26.

Day/Time

  • Sunday, 5:00-6:20 p.m.

Session Cost

Lesson & Practice $72*
Practice only (siblings & guardians) $12/session (Must have minimum (1) skater in family signed up for lessons.)

*MTEFCU members, present your MTEFCU Debit card, personal check or MTEFCU Member I.D. and receive a $10 discount.

Registration and payment can be completed online, by phone at 906-487-2073, or at the SDC Ticket Office. You’ll receive an admission ticket to present to your instructor on the first day of class.


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