Learn to Skate
- Learn to Skate USA classes are offered for beginners through advanced skaters, ages 3 through adult.
- Registration begins one month before each session begins with classes offered in the Fall (September-December), Winter (January-April), and Summer (June-August).
Call Guest Services at 952-833-9506
- Edina Residents: Noon on Wednesday, December 20
- Non-Residents: Noon on Wednesday, December 27
- See Classes and Register
- Classes start in January
- If a class shows a waitlist, please complete registration and you will be contacted if a spot becomes available.
Adult/Child (30 Minutes)
This is a class for the young skater who would like and adult on the ice with them.
Snowplow Sam: Levels 1 - 4 (30 Minutes)
Ages 3 - K
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 ABCs of movement - Agility, Balance, Coordination and speed. The ABCs 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.
View specific curriculum requirements for Snowplow Sam (PDF).
Basic Skills: Levels 1 - 6 (30 Minutes)
Grade 1 and older (ages 6-18)
Basic Skills teaches the FUNdamentals of ice skating and provides the best foundation for figure skating, hockey and speed skating. Six progressive levels introduce forward and backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers, and turns. Upon completion of the Basic Skills 1-6 levels, skaters will be able to confidently advance to more specialized areas of skating. All classes will be well-structured with the focus on proper skill development taught in a positive, fun, and social environment. Skaters will progress at their own rate and advance after skill mastery is demonstrated.
View the specific curriculum for Basic Skills (PDF).
USA Hockey (30 or 45 minutes)
The Hockey curriculum is designed to teach the fundamentals of hockey skating. Skaters will learn how to be more proficient and agile on the ice as they advance through the four progressive levels. Proper skating techniques for the game of hockey are the primary focus. All elements will be taught without a puck. Skaters will learn the basic hockey stance, stride, knee bend, use of edges and other necessary fundamentals to be successful in hockey practices and game situations. A helmet, gloves and stick are required. Skaters must pass Snowplow Sam 2 or Basic 1 to register.
View the specific curriculum requirements for Hockey (PDF).
Jump & Spin (60 minutes)
This hour-long class is for skaters who are interested in advancing their figure skating skills. Skaters will learn edges, crossovers, and turns while developing the building blocks to learn more advanced figure skating skills. Skater must pass Basic 2 or have instructor recommendation to register.
Adult Learn to Skate (30 minutes)
Ages 18 and older
The Adult Beginner class is a great way for new skaters to learn balance and coordination on the ice. Adult Intermediate class is offered for those who want to get back on the ice and learn some new skills.
- What class should I register my child for?
New skaters, starting at age 3, should register for Snowplow Sam 1. After passing this introductory class, skaters advance through four progressive levels where kids enjoy fun and games while building their confidence in skating. Skaters then transition to Basic Skills levels 1-6 where they start building a strong foundation of fundamentals including agility, balance, coordination and speed.
Instructors evaluate skaters near the end of the session and give you a report card that indicates which level to register for the next session. Mastery skills for each class level can be found at learntoskateusa.com.
Click here for our skate class progression flow chart
Children in 1st Grade and older with or without skate experience should start in Basic 1 and progress through all six levels.
- What if the class I want to register for indicates a wait list?
Complete the registration and your name will be added to the wait list. This process can be completed for multiple classes. We do our best to accommodate as many skaters as possible.
- What is the cancellation/refund policy?
Full refunds are given only when a class is cancelled by Braemar Arena or if requested five business days prior to the start of a class. Refund requests will be assessed a $5 administration fee. Partial credit will be considered if a cancellation is due to injury or serious illnesses.
- What should I do if I receive an error message that states "child does not meet age requirements"?
First, check that your child's birthday is correct in your account profile and that he/she is the right age for the class. If you are still unable to register, call 952-833-9506 and register over the phone.
- Are skates available for rent?
Yes, $5 per rental
They are available for $5 per rental. We have figure skates in youth sizes 8 through adult size 11. Hockey skates are available in youth sizes 3 through adult size 14. Skates are for use on the premises only.
- If I miss a class, can I make it up later?
To maintain established ratios, make-up lessons are not available.