Learn To Skate

The Scott Hamilton Skating Academy Learn to Skate classes at Ford Ice Center use Learn to Skate USA programs, recognized as the best in the industry. They are designed to serve the needs of both recreational and competitive skaters. In addition to figure skating, hockey skating skills will also be taught in this program. The curriculum keeps skaters enthusiastic about learning, from the time they begin lessons until they reach their goals. All of our coaches are committed to sharing a fun and positive experience that will instill a lifelong love of skating.
The Scott Hamilton Skating Academy offers a variety of Learn to Skate classes for you and your family! Read more about our curriculum, ages and abilities below:

Scott's Tots Curriculum

The Scott’s Tots (USFS Snowplow Sam) levels are introductory classes divided into four progressive levels allowing children with no prior skating experience to build confidence while learning the basic skills of skating. These classes are designed to help children six and younger develop the ABCs of movement – Agility, Balance, Coordination and speed. The ABCs are essential for developing fundamental movement skills and physical literacy. All classes will be taught in a safe and positive environment, incorporating fun and games making class time an enjoyable experience for all.

Ice orientation prior to the first skating class:

  • Equipment check – Proper fit and lacing of skates, appropriate attire, and safety helmets.
  • Practice falling and recovery, marching in place, dips and one-foot balances.

BASIC SKILLS 1-6 – FUNdamentals! (Ages 6-15)

Basic Skills teaches the FUNdamentals of ice-skating and provides the best foundation for figure skating, hockey, and speed skating. Six progressive levels introduce forward and backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers, and turns. Upon completion of the Basic Skills 1-6 levels, skaters will be able to confidently advance to more specialized areas of skating. All classes will be well structured with the focus on proper skill development taught in a positive, FUN, and social environment. Skaters will progress at their own rate and advance after skill mastery is demonstrated.

  • Discover, Learn and Play – Basic 1 and 2: These introductory levels allow new skaters with no prior skating experience to build confidence while learning to skate.
  • FUNdamentals – Basic 3–6: These levels develop all of the fundamental skating skills on the ice. Focus is on learning the ABCs of basic athleticism: agility, balance, coordination and speed. Upon completion of these levels, skaters will be able to confidently advance to more specialized areas of skating.

Learn to Skate Hockey (Ages 6-15)

Before you can score a goal, you need to learn to skate. In the hockey program, skaters will learn how to be proficient and agile on the ice.  The Hockey curriculum is designed to teach the fundamentals of hockey skating. In four badge levels, skaters will learn how to be more proficient and agile on the ice. Proper skating techniques for the game of hockey are the primary focus of the levels. All elements will be taught without a puck. Skaters will learn the basic hockey stance, stride, knee bend, use of edges and other necessary fundamentals to be successful in hockey practices and game situations. Skaters must have completed Basic Skills Level 3.

Necessary equipment:

  • Hockey skates
  • HECC Approved Hockey Helmet

FREESKATE 1-6 (all ages)

Transitions, spins and jumps. More progressive skating skills like these give more determined skaters like yours challenges they crave. The levels are designed to give skaters a strong foundation and it is at this point the skater can choose to pursue a recreational or competitive approach to the sport of figure skating. Each free skate level is comprised of a variety of progressive skating skills, transitions, spins and jumps — all of which build on the previous skill, providing skaters a strong foundation of all elements. These levels will be taught in a positive and interactive group format such as a bridge program, circuit classes or as an introductory training program. Instructors will focus on quality and mastery of skills. Skaters must have completed Basic Skills Level 1-6.

ADULTS – Beginner to advanced (Ages 16 and older)

Ice skating is for the kid in all of us. The Adult Curriculum is designed for beginning and experienced skaters who wish to improve their skills. Participation in the program will help promote physical fitness and improve balance and coordination while teaching proper skating techniques. This is an exciting program for people who look to skating as an enjoyable part of a fit and healthy lifestyle.
Divided into six levels from basic skating to more advanced skills, adult skaters will progress at an individual rate while being challenged and motivated. Based on prior skating experience, adults may choose to begin at the level that best matches their skill base. Upon completion of the Adult 1-6 curriculum, adult skaters should feel confident with all fundamental skating skills and may choose to progress to more specialized areas of skating such as free skating, ice dancing, adult hockey leagues, or joining a synchronized skating team.
Off-ice orientation:

  • Equipment check:  proper fit and lacing of skates appropriate attire, safety concerns.
  • Practice falling and recovery, walking in place, knee bends and one foot balances in skates.