Learn to Skate USA Program

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Learn to Skate USA

Learn to Skate - Ages 3+ years

The Westport Parks and Recreation Department follows the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Program.  It is designed to keep skaters enthusiastic about learning from the time they begin lessons until the time they reach their goals.  Whether they want to excel to compete or simply enjoy the recreational benefits of skating, the Basic Skills Program is the place to start!

All participants are required to wear a ski or snowboard helmet and must dress warmly and appropriately for cold outdoor weather, ski pants, mittens / gloves and warm layers.  Please, no double runner skates.

The session runs for 10 weeks and students will be evaluated and given merit badges at the completion of each level.  Skaters may need to occasionally repeat a level to better prepare them for more difficult levels.  This is common, especially at the higher levels.  All instruction takes place at the Westport P.A.L. Rink at Longshore located in Longshore Club Park.  www.wpalrink.com

 

For more information, click here: Ice Skating

Young Skaters 

Parent & Tot: Snowplow Sam 1 - 3: (Ages 3 & 4) December 4
- February 27, 2020 (no class 12/25, 12/26, 1/1, 1/2, 2/19, 2/20)

Day:  Times:  Ages:             Fee:            Code:
Wednesday 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
 3 - 4  $195  IWE 02
Thursday    12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  3 - 4  $195  ITH 02

 

An exciting introduction to the world of skating for pre-school aged children.  Children, with the help of their caregiver, will learn basic skills of skating, including balance, falling and standing, marching and stopping and improving their coordination while having fun in a group.  Fun games will be included to help children learn. 

Location: PAL Rink at Longshore, www.wpalrink.com  

Pre-School: Snowplow Sam 1 - 3: (Ages 4 & 5) December 3
- February 27, 2020 (no class 12/24, 12/26, 12/31, 1/2, 2/18, 2/20)

 Day:  Times:  Ages:  Fee:    Code:
 Tuesday             1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.                 4 - 5               $195          ITU 03   
 Thursday   1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  4 - 5  $195  ITH 03

 

Come learn something new!  This class is designed as an introduction to the basic skills of skating while children have fun outdoors!  The Snowplow Sam levels are for the pre-school age skater to develop balance and improve coordination, learn to march and glide on the ice, falling and standing, stops, backwards and having fun in a group atmosphere! 

Location: PAL Rink at Longshore, www.wpalrink.com

 

Super 1 (Snowplow Sam and low level Basic 1) (Ages 4 & 5) December 3
- February 27, 2020 (no class 12/24,12/26, 12/28, 12/31, 1/2, 2/18, 2/20)

 Day:  Times:  Ages:   Fee:  Code:
 Tuesday           4 p.m. - 4:55 p.m.                      4 - 5               $195          ITU 07    
 Thursday  4 p.m. - 4:55 p.m.  4 - 5  $195  ITH 07
 Saturday   9 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.  4 - 5  $195  ISA 04

 

For pre-school / kindergarten age children who were previously enrolled in the Tots or Snowplow Sam lessons.  This accelerated class will help children who have previous skating experience complete their current skill level.  Children will continue to work on two-foot glides and turns, forward and backward swizzles, snowplow stops and alternating foot action.  Previous skating experience required. 

Location: PAL Rink at Longshore, www.wpalrink.com

 

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Basic Skills: Level 1 - 8: (Ages 5+) December 3
- February 27, 2020 (no class 12/24, 12/26, 12/28, 12/31, 1/2, 2/18, 2/20)

Day:   Level:  Time:  Ages:   Fee:     Code:
 Tuesday       Snowplow Sam, Basic 1 - 3 4 p.m. – 4:55 p.m.  5+  $195     ITU 04
 Tuesday  Basic 2 - 6 5 p.m. – 5:55 p.m.  6+  $195  ITU 05
 Tuesday  Bridge Program & Freestyle 5 p.m. -  5:55 p.m.  9+  $195  ITU 06
 Thursday  Snowplow Sam, Basic 1 - 3   4 p.m. – 4:55 p.m.  5+  $195  ITH 04  
 Thursday  Basic 2 - 6 5 p.m. – 5:55 p.m.  6+  $195  ITH 05
 Thursday  Bridge Program & Freestyle 5 p.m. -  5:55 p.m.  9+  $195  ITH 06
 Saturday  Snowplow Sam, Basic 1 - 3 9 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.  5+  $195  ISA 01
 Saturday  Basic 2 - 6 10 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.  6+  $195  ISA 02
 Saturday  Basic 4 – 8 11 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.  6+  $195  ISA 03
 Saturday  Bridge Program & Freestyle 11 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.  6+  $195  ISA 05

 

Snowplow Sam 1 - 3: (Ages 5 - 6)
This class is designed as an introduction to the basic skills of skating while children have fun outdoors!  The Snowplow Sam levels are for the kindergarten age skater to develop balance and improve coordination, learn to march and glide on the ice, falling and standing, forward swizzles, stops, backward skating and having fun in a group atmosphere!

Basic 1 - 8: (Ages 6+)
The Basic Skills lessons are the foundation and fundamentals of the sport of ice skating.  These eight levels will introduce the skater to forward skating, backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers, turns, Mohawks and beginning spins and jumps.  Upon the completion of the Basic 1 - 8 levels, skaters will have a basic knowledge of the sport, enabling them to advance to more specialized areas of skating or just enjoy the recreational benefits of the sport.  Children will be learning new skills and having fun outdoors in a group atmosphere! 

Bridge Program: Basic 4 & above (Prerequisite: Basic 3) and Freestyle (FS1- 4)
The Bridge Program and Freestyle are designed to teach skills at a faster pace in a group environment.  This program introduces skaters to a "training program" and offers them an introduction to all the elements in skating and what is required if they choose to skate recreationally or begin a competitive career.
The on-ice curriculum includes:

  • Proper stretching techniques
  • Warm up and cool down
  • Stroking, edges and power skating
  • Introductory ice dance
  • Beginner synchronized team
  • Spins
  • Jumps
  • Artistry in Motion - beginning choreography and style

Location: PAL Rink at Longshore, www.wpalrink.com

For more information, click here: Ice Skating

Adult Learn to Skate: (Ages 18+) December 4
- February 26, 2020 (no class 12/26)

 Day:   Times:   Ages:   Fee:  Code: 
 Wednesday           9:30 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.      18+              $195           IWE 01    

Adults of all ages and abilities are welcome to come and improve their skating skills.  If you are a beginner skater or more advanced, we are the place for you.  Participants will have the opportunity to learn at their individual rate while being challenged and motivated.  This program is designed to teach the basic fundamentals of skating that include forward and backward motion, stops and turns as well as more advanced moves such as crossovers, 3-turns, moves in the field pattern, and even jumps and spins. 

Location: PAL Rink at Longshore, www.wpalrink.com