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:
Most group classes are $12 per class (Parent and Me is $14) payable at the beginning of a semester with an additional $1 admin fee for the semester. Each additional skater registered will receive a 10% discount on their semester cost.
New registrants will be required to pay an annual $18 Learn to Skate USA membership that is valid from July 1-June 30 every year. Learn to Skate USA does not prorate this fee.
If you miss a class, you can make it up on the other class day! i.e. you miss your Wednesday class and you can make it up on any Saturday. Just be sure to check the class times under our Class Times tab.
*You must take any make-up classes during the current semester. You cannot make-up after your card has expired. No credits will be given for missed classes.
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.
Register using the link above and select the correct class for you or your child. It's fast and easy! You can also call the rink at 503-625-5757 and our friendly staff will assist you.
Note: All missed classes and free Public Session MUST be used in the current semester.
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.
Everyone can learn to skate! Everyone learns at a different rate, but those students who practice are more likely to progress faster.
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.
Qualified Professional Instructors who are registered with the Professional Skaters Association and USFS will teach the classes.
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.