Whether you simply want to overcome the “wall clinging phase” or master some of the fundamental skills of the sport, this is the place to start. At the BSA’s Skating School, newcomers to the ice may enroll in basic skills training either through our Learn to Skate (LTS) group class program or by private lessons.
Private Lesson Information:
Private lessons are available 7 days a week for skaters age 2 to adults. Lessons are given during our public skating sessions or on our freestyle sessions. Lessons run from 15 minutes to one hour in length, with 30 minutes being the most common length. Lesson prices will range between $27.00 to $37.00 for a 30 minute lesson depending on the instructor’s individual rate. Please contact the Skating School office if you wish to schedule private lessons with one of our P.S.A. rated professional instructors.
Learn to Skate Information:
Our Learn to Skate (LTS) group classes are offered for skaters age 2 1/2 to adult. Classes are divided by skill level and by age. No prior skating experience is necessary to join our program.
|Adults – Beginner||For beginner skaters age 15 and older|
|Adults – 2||For moderately experience skaters age 15 and older|
|Special Olympics||For skaters with special needs|
|Tiny Tots||For new skaters ages 2 1/2 – 3|
|Little Gliders||For skaters age 3-5. Weekday class only|
|Snowplow Sam 1||For new skaters ages 4-6|
|Snowplow Sam 2||For skaters who have completed Snowplow Sam 1|
|Snowplow Sam 3||For skaters who have completed Snowplow Sam 2|
|Basic 1||For new skaters ages 7-14|
|Basic 2||For skaters who have completed Basic 1 and Snowplow Sam 3|
|Basic 3||For skaters who have completed Basic 2|
|Basic 4||For skaters who have completed Basic 3|
|Hockey 1||For skaters who are interested in hockey and have completed Snowplow Sam 3 or Basic 1|
|Hockey 2||For skaters who have completed Hockey 1|
Skaters who have completed Basic 4 level or above should join our Bridge Training Program.
How do I know what class to register for?
If you have a skater between the ages of 2 1/2 – 3, please register them for the Tiny Tots Class. If you have a skater between the ages of 4-6, please register them for the Snowplow Sam 1 Class. If you have a skater between the ages of 7-14, please register them for the Basic 1 class.
For skaters age 15 and above, please register for the Adult class. If you have a skater who has taken skating lessons before, please contact the Skating School Office for guidance as to what level to register for.
Skaters interested in playing hockey must complete either Snowplow Sam 3 or Basic 1 before attending any of our hockey classes. Skaters must wear hockey skates, hockey helmet and shin pads for the hockey classes.
Learn to Skate Dates and Times: March – April 2014
|Wednesday Classes:||March 19, 26 April 2, 9 , 23, 30 (No 4/16), May 7, 14 & Saturday May 17|
|4:30-5:00pm||Snowplow Sam 1, 2, 3 and Basic 1|
|5:05-5:35pm||Basic 2, Basic 3, Basic 4|
|Saturday Classes:||March 15, 22, 29 April 5, 12, 26, (No 4/19) May 3, 10, 17|
|10:30-11:00am||Adults Beginner, Adults-2, Special Olympics, Basic 1|
|10:30-11:00am||Tiny Tots, Snowplow Sam 1, 2, and 3|
|11:05-11:35am||Basic 2, Basic 3, Basic 4, Hockey 1, 2|
|Sunday Classes:||March 16, 23, 30 April 6, 13, 27, (No 4/20) May 4, 11 & Saturday May 17|
|12:15- 12:45pm||Snowplow Sam 1, 2, 3 and Basic 1|
|12:50- 1:20pm||Basic 2, Basic 3, Basic 4|
Future Learn to Skate Sessions:
|March – April 2014|
To register for our Learn to Skate program please click on ”Learn to Skate Application” under the Download Files section at the top right of the page. Applications can be mailed with a check or faxed with a credit card number.
Call the Skating School office at (732) 627-0006 x111 or email Skatingschool@BSAarena.com for more information.
Frequently Asked LTS Questions:
What is included in the Learn to Skate Program?
Classes meet for 30 minutes each week and run in 6-10 week sessions. Skate rentals are included during the class time along with 4 free public skating admissions for the skater to come and practice on their own. New participants also receive a free 15 minute private lesson with one of our staff instructors and a yearly Basic Skills membership and Record Book from U.S. Figure Skating.
What is the price of the Learn to Skate Program?
The price depends on the number of weeks in the current session. Please click on ”Learn to Skate Application” under the Download Files section at the top right of the page for the current session application and price.
Are there any Make-Ups for missed classes?
There are No Make Ups for missed classes. We limit the number of skaters per class and are therefore unable to have skaters attend a different class day or time.
What is the Refund/Cancellation Policy?
A NON-REFUNDABLE fee of $35.00 will be charged on all refunds plus an additional charge of $20.00 per class for any classes taken. A fee of $24.00 will be charged if the Public Session card is not returned upon the refund request. A fee of $15.00 will be charged if the Private Lesson card is not returned upon the refund request. No refunds will be issued after the second lesson.
What should I bring/wear to my lessons?
Skaters Basic 3 level and below must wear a helmet during class. A ski, bike or hockey helmet is acceptable. Skaters should wear warm clothes that allow for flexibility and freedom of movement and gloves or mittens because their hands will be touching the ice. Figure skates are recommended for all new skaters.
How and when can I use my Free Public Skating Sessions?
Your 8 free public skating sessions can be used for 8 free Public Skating Session or Learn to Skate Open Session admissions. *Skate rentals are not included with the free admissions. Please remember, he/she will move through the Learn to Skate ranks rapidly with lots of extra practice. We have numerous Public Sessions as well as LTS Open Skate Sessions which are exclusive to LTS participants and their families. Please click “Public/LTS Open” for current schedules.
How do I use my Free 15 Minute Private Lesson?
Once you register for the program you will receive a confirmation letter in the mail containing your Free Private Lesson Card. The private instructor’s name and phone number is listed on the card. Please contact them directly to schedule your free private lesson. (Please note that your private lesson instructor may not be the same as your group instructor) The day of your private lesson you must present this card to the front desk. The front desk will check-in the skater and provide you with a receipt which you must hand to the instructor. The instructors are available during most public and LTS Open Skate sessions. *Skate rentals and ice time are not included with the private lesson.
What is a Learn to Skate (LTS) Open Session?
An LTS Open Session is closed to the general public and only open to those participating in our Learn To Skate program or those who are taking private lessons. Learn to Skate participant’s families are welcome to join them on the ice. Many instructors give private lessons during these sessions. Schedules are available on the pillars in the lobby.
What is a Public Session?
A public skate session is open to the public. No hockey sticks or pucks are allowed. Spinning and jumping are not allowed. Many instructors give private lessons during these sessions. A section in the center of the ice is coned off for the exclusive use of instructors giving lessons. Schedules are available on the pillars in the lobby as well as on the main page of our website.