The Mt. Pleasant Figure Skating Club Learn to Skate USA program keeps skaters enthusiastic about learning from the time they begin lessons until the time they reach their goals. Whether they dream of becoming a competitive figure skater or speed skater, joining a hockey team, or just skating for the fun of it, Learn to Skate USA is the place to start!
The mission of Learn to Skate USA is to provide a fun and positive experience that will instill a lifelong love of skating.
Objectives of Learn to Skate USA:
- Teach children and adults the fundamentals of ice skating while building confidence and skills through each lesson.
- Provide a progressive curriculum that ensures success from the first steps on the ice to the mastery of advanced skills.
- Promote the health and fitness benefits of ice skating.
- Equip each participant with the foundation necessary to reach their goal, be it recreational or competitive in nature.
About Our Program:
MPFSC hosts several Learn to Skate USA sessions each year. Classes run from 6:00 pm – 6:50 pm on either Monday or Thursday evenings or you can sign up for both nights and receive 1/2 of the second night’s lesson fee.
Classes include a 25 minute group lesson with a 25 minute supervised warm up/practice either before or after the structured lesson. [During the Winter session the schedule may vary due to Ice Show Rehearsal]
Skaters are divided up by level with each level having a certain set of skills that must be mastered before moving up to the next. Testing is ongoing. Coaches are evaluating the skaters during each class and a formal test session is also completed at the end of each session. Skaters are moved up to the next skill level as soon as they have successfully completed the curriculum for their current class level. Once a skater “passes” their test they will receive a special Badge to honor their achievements.
Students, their family members, and other supporters should not be concerned if it takes more than one class session for the skater to successfully complete any given level. No two skaters progress at exactly the same rate, and the learning rate varies from week to week even for the same skater. Each skater is encouraged and allowed to progress at their own rate.
Classes Offered: (Click links for curriculum details)
Snowplow Sam 1 – 4: (Ages 3 – 5; Helmet Required) The Snowplow Sam levels are introductory classes divided into four progressive levels allowing our littlest skaters to build confidence while learning the basic skills of skating. These classes are designed to help children 5 and younger develop agility, balance, coordination and speed. All classes will be taught in a safe and positive environment, incorporating fun and games making class time an enjoyable experience for all.
Some of the basic elements for the younger skaters include: standing up on the ice, marching in place, marching forward, swizzles, backward wiggles, glides and dips. (skills vary based on level)
Skaters who pass all four Snowplow Sam levels before they turn 6, will transition into Basic 3. Skaters who turn 6 before they complete all 4 Snowplow Sam levels, may transition into the Basic Skills level equivalent to their current skill level.
Basic Skills 1 – 6: (Ages 6 – 17) The Basic Skills levels teach the FUNdamentals of ice skating and provide 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.
- Basic 1 and 2 (Ages 6 – 12) : These introductory levels allow new skaters with no prior skating experience to build confidence while learning to skate.
- Basic 3–6 (Ages 6 and up): 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.
- Young Adult 1 and 2: (Ages 13 – 17) Skaters between the ages of 13 – 17 will learn the introductory skills in classes just for them. After they pass these beginning levels, they will be streamlined into the traditional Basic 3 class as listed above.
- All of the Basic Skills levels provide the beginning skills necessary for all ice sports — Figure Skating, Hockey, Speed Skating and Recreational.
Pre-Free skate (Ages 6 and up): The class is divided into three sections: skating skills, spins and jumps. This specialized level is designed to give skaters a strong foundation to the sport of figure skating.
Skaters who pass Pre-Free skate before the current skating year finishes in June may progress to our advanced level classes: Free Skate 1 & 2. These classes are only offered on an “as needed” basis.
At the end of the skating year in June, skaters who have successfully passed Pre Free Skate and wish to continue to advance their skills will be asked to begin private lessons and join the Mt Pleasant Figure Skating club that fall.
Skaters should consult with their instructor or the Learn to Skate Director for information on private lessons and advanced skating levels.
Adult 1 – 6 (Ages 18 and up): The adult curriculum is designed for both beginning and experienced adult skaters who wish to start or improve their skating skills. Participation in the program will help promote physical fitness and improve balance and coordination while teaching proper skating techniques. Divided into six levels from basic skating to more advanced skills, adult skaters will progress at an individual rate while being challenged and motivated. Students with previous skating experience will be evaluated on the first night of class to determine their skating level. To learn more about MPFSC Adult Skating program click here.
Class Days & Times:
- Mondays: 6:00 – 6:50 pm
- Thursdays: 6:00 – 6:50 pm
Classes include a 25 minute group lesson with a 25 minute supervised warm up/practice either before or after the structured lesson. Please note that during the Winter session the schedule may vary due to Ice Show Rehearsal time.
Please arrive for class at least 20 minutes early to get skates on. Lessons/Warm-ups begin promptly at 6 pm.
|Group Lesson||Supervised Practice Time
Artistry/Power (B3 and up)
|6:00 pm – 6:25 pm||Snowplow Sam 1 – 4
Basic 1 – 2
Young Adult 1 – 2
Adult 1 – 2*
|Basic 3 – 6
Pre Free Skate
Adult 3 – 6
|6:25 pm – 6:50 pm||Basic 3 – 6
Pre Free Skate
Adult 3 – 6
|Snowplow Sam 1 – 4
Basic 1 – 2
Young Adult 1 – 2
Adult 1 – 2*
*Adult 1 – 2 classes may swap class/practice times if necessary to help classes flow better. This will be done at the LTS Director’s discretion
Recommended Clothing List
- Warm Gloves
- Helmets are highly recommended and a good idea for new beginners. Please note they are required for all skaters 5 and under (bicycle helmets are acceptable)
- Light Jacket or layered jackets
- Light to medium weight socks that rise above the ankle (1 pair only)
- Long sleeves and long pants (snow pants are acceptable for beginners).
- Jeans are not recommended as they are restrictive.
- Girls skirts or skating dresses may be worn with tights or leggings.
Are you interested in a more 1:1 approach to coaching or is your skater interested in competing? Consider signing your skater up for our Bridge Program. Click here for more details!
Learn to Skate USA is the only ice skating program endorsed by U.S. Figure Skating, USA Hockey, and U.S. Speedskating.