Getting Started with Ice Skating
Ice skating is very much a hands on repetition skill that you learn over time. Even if you have yet to take your first step on the ice or have had a very long hiatus from the ice with time, practice, and willingness to learn the right techniques, you will find yourself gliding across the ice in no time. Learning how to ice skate can be easy and a lot of fun, Fining the right class to meet you needs will help you achieve your goals and dreams.
Ice Skating options for Beginners
Snowplow Sam (Ages 3 - 5)
The Snowplow Sam levels are introductory classes divided into four progressive levels allowing children with no prior skating experience to build confidence while learning the basic skills of skating. These classes are designed to help children six and younger develop the ABC’s of movement-Agility, Balance, Coordination and speed. The ABC’s are essential for developing fundamental movement skills and physical literacy. All classes will be taught in a safe and positive environment, incorporating fun and games making class time an enjoyable experience for all.
Learn to Skate Basics 1-6 (Ages 6+)
Learn To Skate Basics 1-6 (Ages 6+)
This program is a beginning ice skating program designed to be fun, challenging and rewarding. Learn to skate Basics help new skaters master the key fundamentals of ice skating. The six progressive levels introduce forward and backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers and turns with agility, balance, coordination and speed as main focuses. Through these skills, skaters enter the first stage of skills to begin exploring the world of skating.
Upon completing the Basic Skills curriculum, skaters will be set up to choose whatever path in skating they desire. There are many various disciplines to go into.
Transitions, spins and jumps. More progressive skating skills like these give more determined skaters like yours challenges they crave.
Skaters will learn the main components of the magic of ice dancing, strengthen edges and turns while skating to music.
Artistry in Motion (AIM)
Choreography, presentation and performance lays the groundwork for figure skaters to express themselves in their own special ways.
Specifically designed to promote proper skill progression and achievement of the Axel jump. The curriculum is divided into two sections, off-ice and on-ice, allowing skaters to learn the skills necessary to land the Axel jump.
Introduction to pairs skating classes are designed to encourage skaters to learn and enjoy skills unique to pair skating.
Learn to Speed Skate introduces skaters to the basics of speed skating and provides motivation to continue improving skating skills.
Theatre On Ice
Choreography, movements and the rapport between skaters working together as a team blend into unbelievable stories brought to life on the ice.
The combination of speed, artistry and technical skills makes synchronized skating great for those interested in being a part of a team.
Before you can score a goal, you need to learn to skate. In the hockey program, skaters will learn how to be proficient and agile on the ice. Davis County Youth Hockey Association (DCYHA) offers Learn to Play Hockey classes for boys & girls at the South Davis Recreation Center in Bountiful. Our course teaches the basics of ice hockey in a fun and inviting atmosphere. Although not required, it is also a great confidence builder for kids considering playing hockey in the upcoming fall/winter season. Each session is taught by USA Hockey certified coaches. This is NOT a learn-to-skate class, Basic skating ability is required to take this class.
It is recommended that if you are just starting out that you take some Learn to Skate Basics classes from the South Davis Recreation center, or private lessons from one of our professional skating coaches.
Skating is for everyone, no matter age or ability. Adaptive Skating is specially designed to allow individuals with a range of physical or developmental disabilities to skate. In order to ensure the best care and designed program for you or your future athlete, we recommend working with one of the South Davis Recreation center professional skating coaches.
Start your ice skating journey!
Step 1: Find the ice skating class that's right for you or your child. Learn more about the levels.
Step 2: Find a Learn to Skate USA® program to join. We recommend signing up for the Learn to Skate classes through South Davis Recreation Center.
1. Register for Learn to Skate classes online or at South Davis Recreation Center
2. Learn about the program: www.learntoskateusa.com
3. Join the Utah Figure Skating Club! Perform in shows, compete in competitions, and test through the US Figure Skating levels.
Learn about the sport of figure skating: www.usfigureskating.org