Learn to Skate USA Overview

The Basic Skills Program is designed by LEARN TO SKATE USA is the best beginning ice skating program that serves the needs of both the recreational and the competitive skater. It is built on the premise of offering positive, rewarding and safe skating experiences to participants of all ages and ability levels.

The curriculum is designed to keep skaters enthusiastic about learning from the time they begin lessons until the time they reach their goals. Whether their goal is to achieve Olympic fame or simply enjoy the recreational benefits of skating, skaters find that the Basic Skills Program is the perfect place to begin. The Basic Skills Program is also the only learn-to-skate program endorsed by USA Hockey, US Speedskating and the Special Olympics.  The progression of skills is done in proper sequential order (example: learning edges before turns). This sequence is as important for recreational skaters as it is for those who may one day advance to a more competitive track. All Basic Skills members will receive an issue of the SKATING magazine Basic Skills Edition with membership.

U.S. Figure Skating proudly endorses Learn to Skate USA as the nation’s premier ice skating instructional program. With a progressive curriculum grounded in fundamentals, Learn to Skate USA is the first step for anyone interested in becoming a figure skater. Learn to Skate USA teaches, challenges and rewards skaters at all levels and disciplines in a fun way that surely will lead to a lifetime love of the sport.

The Learn to Skate USA initiative is enthusiastically endorsed by USA Hockey as it addresses the initial needs of all participants entering the various ice skating sports. In hockey, skating is the most important foundational skill. By following the Learn to Skate USA curriculum, we know skaters will acquire the proper skills that will allow them success as they transition to hockey or any of the other skating disciplines. Getting started on the right path with the right skills will ultimately lead to a more successful hockey experience for all.

The Learn to Skate USA program is endorsed by the Professional Skaters Association (PSA). The PSA is the official coaching education and accreditation organization of U.S. Figure Skating. Participation at all levels of skill, interest and ability are paramount to PSA coaches. Learn to Skate USA makes it possible for all skaters to learn the fundamentals of ice skating and enjoy skating as a lifelong activity.



 To provide a fun and positive experience that will instill a lifelong love of skating.


  • Teach children and adults the fundamentals of ice skating while building confidence and skills through each lesson.
  • Provide a progressive curriculum that ensures success from the first steps on the ice to the mastery of advanced skills.  
  • Promote the health and fitness benefits of ice skating. 
  • Equip each participant with the foundation necessary to reach their goal, be it recreational or competitive in nature.  

NOTES: Class schedule pending enrollment minimums. Prorated enrollments accepted up to the 4th class of the session. $10 credit prorated for classes that have passed. Walk ons without enrollment are not accepted so that we can provide the best service to our classes. Basic Skill Levels are evaluated in class 6 and BRING A BUDDY occurs on class 7 of each session. 

SNOWPLOW SAM 1-4:  The Snowplow Sam levels are designed to help the preschool-age skater develop preliminary coordination and strength necessary to maneuver on the ice. Snowplow Sam is a big, fuzzy, white bear who loves to skate. Time with Snowplow Sam will allow preschool children to become comfortable on the ice. Helmets required for skaters under age 6. LTS USA Helmet Tutorial click here

BASIC SKILLS 1-6:  The Basic Skills are the fundamentals of the sport. These eight levels of the program introduce the fundamental moves: forward skating, backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers, three turns and Mohawks. Upon completion of the Basic 1-8 levels, skaters will have the basic knowledge of the sport, enabling them to advance to the more specialized areas of skating. Ice skating is fun and healthy exercise that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.  "Learn to Skate" programs are designed to introduce skating at any age and start at any level!  The classes are the pre-cursor to learning to play the exciting game of ice hockey or to figure skate or to recreational skate!

PRE-FREESKATE/FREESKATE 1-6: Each free skate level 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. These levels will be taught in a positive and interactive group format such as a bridge program, circuit classes or as an introductory training program. Instructors will focus on quality and mastery of skills.

HOCKEY (NEW!): Hockey Badges 1-4 prepare hockey players with the skate skills to proceed to Learn to Play Hockey!




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LTS USA Helmet Tutorial

         Sk8 Skills Holiday Clinics


Tuesday 12/26/17

Wednesday 12/27/17

Thursday 12/28/17

Monday 1/15/18

Improve your skills and learn new tips and ideas.

$15 for skaters Basic Level 5 and up (register online)

Free to Sikumi FSC Members 

 Work with the pros to add to your existing instruction to get valuable ice time and continue to pick up new tips or practice skills to add to your general conditioning.

Sikumi Members: register on your SFSC page to let us know you are coming so we can plan.