Learn to Skate in our LTS USA program!
Located at 5000 Forestwood Dr, Parma, OH 44129, in our Learn to Skate USA program, skaters will Learn to Skate in a United States Figure Skating Association sanctioned program with USFSA certified instructors. Skaters must be able to demonstrate the ability to follow rink guidelines and maintain emotional stability during lessons. Class time includes both lesson instruction and practice time.
The fundamentals of Learn to Skate USA form a strong foundation for your skaters to explore the world of skating. All skaters in Learn to Skate will progress at their own pace, working towards mastering each skill. FUNdamentals harness those skills as agility, balance, coordination and speed become the main focus of the Learn to Skate USA curriculum.
Class sizes are limited to small sizes per instructor and assistant. Skaters will receive a progress sheet with their badge and certificates after completion of their level. It's important to note that all skaters will progress in their skills at different times. What may seem easy for one child, may be more challenging for anther. It's important to encourage skaters and help them understand that it's very common to repeat levels.
Enjoy a greater appreciation for exercise
Broaden their imaginations
Form lasting friendships
Focus on their strengths
HAVE FUN! Lots and lots of FUN!!
Learn to achieve goals on & off the ice!
What does my skater wear?
Wear many layers!
Your skater should be comfortable and warm, but still be able to take a few layers off in case they get too warm! Opt for sweatpants or leggings instead of bulky snow attire.
Aim for thinner, long socks, such as nylons or thin cotton. Avoid thick, bulky socks! They will be uncomfortable and bunch up in your skates.
Wear a helmet!
Skaters who are in the Snowplow or Basic 1 levels should wear a helmet. Make sure it's properly secured and snug!
Beginner skaters who don't have their own skates can rent skates at the front desk! Make sure they fit snugly! Lace the skates tightly and, if there's excess, wrap the laces back down the hooks - not around the top of the skate!
All skaters should wear gloves when on the ice. Aim for mittens or regular gloves - no furry gloves (the fur sticks to the ice)! Even if your hands aren't cold, the gloves protect your hands from the rough ice.
Scarves & Hats!
If you decide to wear a scarf or hat, make sure it's relatively thin and won't get in the way while you're skating!
What can I expect on the first day of class?
On the first day of class, expect your skater to fall! Even though it may look easy for the instructors or other skaters, your skater is learning something completely new, and it won't be easy for them at first! Arrive early! Plan for the 15 minutes or so it will take to familiarize yourself with the rink, dress your skater in their cold-weather gear, and lace up skates. If your skater is in a Snowplow class, or possibly even Basic 1, instructors will most likely start the class off the ice. Instructors will spend a good third of class time or so teaching skaters how to walk, balance, and "get up" off the ground. That way, when they try it on the ice, it will be easier because they know how to do it on the ground. If your skater is young (i.e. in a Snowplow or Basic 1 class), it's normal for them to want to get off the ice at times. Usually, they just want to check in with you, and make sure you're watching their progress! If your skater is in the Snowplow or Basics levels, it's part of the curriculum for Instructors to play games with their students! Don't worry that it's a waste of time - all of the games are designed for the skaters to learn a skill - even though it may not look like much from the stands. Some games focus on balance and body awareness, or incorporate new skills that they've learned. Others focus on mastering old skills while encouraging friendships between classmates!