What is the Learn to Skate Program?
The Learn to Skate USA Program is a beginning ice-skating program created by the United States Figure Skating Association to serve the needs of both recreational and competitive skaters.
The Helena Figure Skating Club offers several Learn to Skate sessions per season. We welcome new sign-ups at the start of each session.
When are Learn to Skate Classes Held?
Learn to Skate classes are held on Sunday afternoons throughout the skating season. 2018-2019 schedule posted here.
What Ages and Levels Can Participate in Learn to Skate?
The Learn to Skate program is designed to engage skaters ages 4 through adult, at any level. Skates are placed in the appropriate level based on their age and skill level assessments from our Learn to Skate Director and experienced staff. Whether you have never stepped on the ice, or are looking to advance your skating skills, we have a class for you.
How So I Sign Up for Learn to Skate Classes?
We recommend pre-registering for each session. Our class space is limited, especially for beginning skaters. Click here to view the pre-registration schedule. You can sign up for any Learn to Skate classes on the first day of any session during registration period from 11:30-12:30pm. We will have registration forms available at the door. Registration forms and payments can only be accepted at the HFSC Learn to Skate registration table and processed by registered Learn to Skate staff.
What Should We Expect at Our First Learn to Skate Class?
Please arrive early to allow enough time to register and put on skates. Visit our equipment page for more information on what to wear and how to make sure your skates fit properly. Your skater will be placed in a class based on age and ability. Their initial placement may change after instructors assess their abilities on ice. Skaters will participate in a 20-minute group lesson, and will have 40 minutes of supervised on-ice practice time. Our 20/40 lesson verus practice ratio is part of our 2:1 development plan. Skaters show great success and skill improvement when they practice twice as long as they are in lesson on a weekly basis.