Learn to Skate

New to skating? Need a refresher? Want to improve your skills and work towards a goal? We have something for everyone. Classes for children ages two and up. Adults, too!

Basic Skills classes (Basic 1-6, Fast Track Adults) are 30 minutes long, once a week during each semester. Junior Academy (Basic 5-6) and our WIA Academy (pre-free skate and up) are each 50 minutes long with 30 minutes of practice and these classes are available once or twice each week, for more intense training.

For all classes, rental skates are included in the class fee, as is free practice during a public session on the day of your class.

We Offer These Classes

Parent and Me, Snowplow Sam 1-4, Basic Skills 1-6, Fast Track Adults 1-6, Junior Academy, WIA Academy, Adult Academy, and Off Ice.

Our Learn to Skate Program

We follow the Learn to Skate USA curriculum, designed to help skaters of all ages and abilities master the basics of ice skating.

The curriculum ensures that everyone can learn the fundamentals, progress into more advanced levels and explore specialty classes that will introduce skaters to a wide variety of skating opportunities.

Class Descriptions

Snowplow Sam

This is an introductory program divided into four levels, allowing children ages 4-5 with no prior skating experience to build confidence while learning the basic skating skills. Classes are taught in a safe and positive environment, incorporating fun and games, making class time an enjoyable experience. Practice includes falling and recovery, marching in place, dips and one-foot balances.

Basic Skills

This program teaches the fundamentals of ice skating for skaters ages 6 to14 and provides a strong foundation for figure skating, hockey, and speedskating. Six levels introduce forward and backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers, and turns. Upon completion of the Basic Skills 1-6 levels, skaters can advance to more specialized areas of skating. Skaters progress at their own rate and advance after skill mastery is demonstrated.

Fast Track Adult

The Adult curriculum is designed for both beginning and experienced adult skaters who wish to 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.

WIA Academy/Pre-Free Skate through Free Skate 6

The Academy program 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. Instructors will focus on quality and mastery of skills.

Adult Academy

Similar in structure to the WIA Academy class, for figure skaters 18 and above.

Junior Academy

An intensive :50 minutes of ice time for Basic 5-6 skaters to accelerate their skills acquisition and enable them to join the WIA Academy sooner than if they remained in the traditional :30 minute class.

For class details, click here for our 2023-2024 Learn to Skate brochure.

Learn to Skate Class Schedule

Class Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Parent and Me! (Age 3) 10:30-11:00am (parent must have prior skating experience) 10:30-11:00am (parent must have prior skating experience)
Snowplow Sam 1 (Ages 4-6) 3:45-4:15pm 5:30-6:00 pm 10:30-11:00 am 11:00-11:30 am
Snowplow Sam 2 (Ages 4-6) 3:45-4:15pm (Must pass Snowplow Sam 1) 5:30-6:00 pm (Must pass Snowplow Sam 1) 10:30-11:00 am (Must pass Snowplow Sam 1) 11:00-11:30 am(Must pass Snowplow Sam 1)
Snowplow Sam 3&4 (Ages 4-6) 6:00-6:30pm 11:00-11:30am 11:00-11:30am
Basic 1 (Ages 7-14) 4:15-4:45 pm 5:30-6:00 pm or 6:00-6:30 pm 10:30-11:00 am or 11:00-11:30 am 10:30-11:00 am or 11:00-11:30 am
Basic 2 (Ages 7-14) 4:15-4:45 pm 5:30-6:00 pm or 6:00-6:30 pm (Must pass Basic 1) 10:30-11:00 am or 11:00-11:30 am(Must pass Basic 1) 10:30-11:00 am or 11:00-11:30 am(Must pass Basic 1)
Basic 3 (Ages 7-14) 4:45-5:15 pm 5:30-6:00 pm or 6:00-6:30 pm 10:30-11:00 am or 11:30am-noon 10:30-11:00 am or 11:30am-noon
Basic 4 (Ages 7-14) 4:45-5:15 pm 6:30-7:00pm 11:30 am-noon 11:30 am-noon
Basic 5-6 (Ages 7-14) 6:00-6:30pm 11:30 am-noon 11:30 am-noon
Fast Track Adults 1-2 (Ages 15 and up) 9:00-9:30am or 6:30-7:00 pm 11:30 am-noon 11:30 am-noon
Fast Track Adults 3-4 (Ages 15 and up) 6:30-7:00 pm 10:30-11:00 am 10:30-11:00 am
Fast Track Adults 5-6 (Ages 15 and up) 6:30-7:00 pm 10:30-11:00 am 10:30-11:00 am
WIA Academy (Pre-Free Skate and up) 5:30-6:20pm lesson 6:20-6:50pm Practice 9:00-9:50am Lesson 9:50-10:20am Practice
Junior Academy (Basic 5-6) 5:30-6:20pm lesson 6:20-6:50pm Practice 9:00-9:50am Lesson 9:50-10:20am Practice
Adult Academy (Ages 15 and up) 5:30-6:20pm lesson 6:20-6:50pm Practice 9:00-9:50am lesson 9:50-10:20am Practice
Off Ice (Junior/WIA/Adult Academy Skaters only) 8:15-8:45am
Pre-Free Skate (Basic 7-8) Must pass Basic 6 before enrolling 11:30am-noon
Youth Hockey Classes (Ages 4 and up)
Beginner/Intermediate 9:20-10:20 am
Elite 5:45-6:45pm 9:20-10:20 am

Learn to Skate USA Membership

· All Learn to Skate and Hockey class participants must be current members of Learn to Skate USA. All participants must register / renew each year at learntoskateusa.com. Membership runs from 7/1-6/30 in any given year.

· Skaters are not permitted on the ice without current Learn to Skate USA membership.

· Annual fee is $17 plus $1.50 processing and handling, regardless of when skater is enrolled, and includes secondary sports accident insurance.

Terms and Conditions

• Class registration is online only. Go to worldice.com to set up an account.

• Tuition must be paid in advance. No payment plans, credits or refunds.

• $15 late fee with registration submitted after stated deadline. Same day walk-in or call-in registration not permitted.

• Parents permitted on the ice only with Parent and Me registration.

• World Ice Arena reserves the right to change or cancel the day or time of any given class. Maximum 10-12 students per class. Levels may be combined if fewer than three skaters are registered for a given class.

• Name tags will be given to, and must be worn by, all registered class participants during each class. A $5 fee will be charged for all lost or forgotten name tags.

• A name tag is not transferrable. Any breach of this term will entitle World Ice Arena to demand surrender and cancellation of the remaining classes, with no refund issued.

• Using your name tag and on the day of your class, skaters may practice on a public session for free during the semester in which they’re enrolled.

• A helmet (bicycle or ski) is required to be worn by all skaters registered for Snowplow 1-4, Basic Skills 1-4 and all skaters 10 and under. Admission to the ice for class without a helmet is nor permitted.

Click Here to Register for Learn to Skate Classes

Refund Policy

Please be sure of your purchase, as we do not offer refunds, credits or transfers.

Missed activities, reservations or sessions of any kind cannot be transferred to another session, rescheduled, credited or refunded for any reason (including due to COVID-19 and/or quarantining) unless cancelled by World Ice Arena. Your registration guarantees you a space in the sessions regardless of your attendance.

Sign up: Online Registration

For questions and more information, contact:
skatingschool@worldice.com or call 718-760-9001 ext. 7002

Learn to Skate USA is endorsed by U.S. Figure Skating, USA Hockey, US Speed skating, and the Special Olympics.