Youth Skating Lessons

Through our youth skating series, your child will learn to skate, swizzle, slalom, and (perhaps most importantly) stop on skates. Instructors work to foster a fun, safe, and welcoming environment where students are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones. Registration is available for household dependents of all Rec Well members and skate rental is included.

In order to register your child for our youth lessons, you will need to add them as a dependent to your account. Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to do so.

Private Lessons

With personalized private lessons, participants will learn to skate while building skills on the ice.

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PRIVATE LESSONS

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Private Lessons

During private lessons, your Jr. Active Badger will work one-on-one with a certified instructor. They will receive personalized feedback on form and improve on specific skills and techniques in a supportive environment.

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Youth Lessons

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Youth Level 1

In this level, your brand-new skater will learn the  basic building blocks of ice skating. Everything from falling down and standing back up to swizzles and stopping will be taught at this level. Skaters are encouraged to step outside of their comfort zone in a safe and welcoming environment.

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Designed for:

  • Brand new skaters with little to no experience
  • Children who are least four years old

Prerequisites:

  • No experience required

Class Components:

  • Stand up and sit down
  • Marching
  • Gliding
  • Dips
  • Beginning to stop
  • Swizzles
  • Rocking horses
  • Two-foot hop in place
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Youth Level 2

This level is an extension of Beginner 1. Basic skills such as swizzles and gliding have an added level of difficulty. Skaters are also introduced to backward skating. Additionally, more advanced skills are taught at this level.

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Designed for:

  • Skaters who can successfully execute skills from Youth Level 1
  • Children who are least four years old

Prerequisites:

  • Skills from Youth Level 1

Class Components:

  • One-foot glides
  • Scooter pushes
  • Backwards swizzles
  • Backwards two-foot glides
  • Full stops
  • Two-foot turns in place
  • Rocking horses
  • Starting two foot turns
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Youth Level 3

This level focuses on creating power for movement along with correct arm and body movement. This level also aims to test confidence so your skater should feel comfortable challenging themselves.

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Designed for:

  • Skaters who can successfully execute the skills from Youth Level 2
  • Children who are least four years old

Prerequisites:

  • Skills from Youth Level 2

Class Components:

  • Forward stroking
  • Half swizzle pumps on a line and circle
  • Slalom
  • Moving two-foot turns
  • Backwards one-foot glide
  • Pivots
  • Backwards stopping
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Youth Level 4

This level focuses on the smaller details of skating. Skaters will learn how body placement and movement impacts higher level skills.

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Designed for:

  • Skaters who can successfully execute the skills from Youth Level 3
  • Children who are least four years old

Prerequisites:

  • Skills from Youth Level 3

Class Components:

  • Forward outside and inside edges on a circle → both feet
  • Forward crossovers
  • Beginning three-turn
  • Backwards stroking
  • Backwards half swizzle pumps on a circle
  • Beginning two-foot spin
  • Beginning lunges
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Youth Level 5

This level focuses on elevating your skater’s current skills while also introducing free-style elements. From here, the skater can transition to working with a coach one-on-one or with a partner to continue working on their skills.

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Designed for:

  • Skaters who can successfully execute the skills from Youth Level 4
  • Children who are least four years old

Prerequisites:

  • Skills from Youth Level 4

Class Components:

  • Backwards outside and inside edges on a circle
  • Backwards crossovers
  • Beginning one-foot spin
  • Side toe hop
  • Hockey stop
  • Forward outside 3-turn