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Learn to Skate Duluth consists of a 30 minute lesson with an additional hour of practice time for skaters 2 years old to adult. There are five sessions offered per year - Fall, Winter, and Spring sessions are held on the weekend, and Summer sessions are held on Monday evenings. Learn to Skate Duluth follows the Learn to Skate USA protocol, endorsed by US Figure Skating, USA Hockey, USA Speedskating, and Special Olympics. Our mission is to provide a fun and positive experience that will instill a lifelong love of skating. Our program encourages skating at all levels for all ice sports and is designed to keep students excited about skating from the time they begin until they achieve their goals.
All skaters are required to have a Learn to Skate USA membership prior to registering with Learn to Skate Duluth. Skaters can purchase their membership at www.learntoskateusa.com. Memberships are renewed annually with the membership year running July 1-June 30. Membership numbers will be required for registration with Learn to Skate Duluth.
Registration for Learn to Skate Duluth is available online prior to the start of classes, all registrations must be completed before skaters can participate. Registration is also available at MARS Arena during scheduled class sessions. Class size is limited and payment must accompany registration. Refunds will be given only in the case of cancellation of the session. Credit is given for medical emergencies and such request must be submitted within 30 days and be accompanied by a physician's note.
Learn to Skate classes are highly recommended for all beginning skaters to learn the basic fundamentals of ice skating for all ice sports. As a skater advances through the Learn to Skate Program it is recommended that skaters participate in other club programs designed for the needs of the skater. The Duluth Figure Skating Club Offers a variety of programs including: The Academy, Hockey, and Advanced Skating Skills Classes.
When Skaters have passed Basic 1 and Basic 2 in the Learn to Skate program they have the opportunity to skate in a slightly different format. The Academy Class will include coaching on basic edges, learning turns, jumps, spins, and other skating maneuvers and techniques, as well as use of the entire sheet of ice. These classes are intended for skaters who want to progress through the sport fast and possibly be a competitive figure skater someday. Figure skates are required for class. Classes are held on Tuesday evenings.
Advanced Skating Skills Class
The Advanced Skating Skills Class is for skaters that have passed the Learn to Skate USA Basic 6. Skaters will learn continued advanced skating skills including basic edges, jumps, spins, and other advanced techniques used to further progress through the sport of figure skating. It is recommended that Advanced Skating Skills skaters also participate in The Academy and/or Duluth Figure Skating Club Private Lessons.
Intro to Academy
Skaters will have an opportunity to see what our Tuesday Academy Classes are like!! Skaters must have passed Snowplow Sam 3 or Basic 1 in the Learn to Skate program and will have an opportunity to skate in a slightly different format. This class will include coaching on basic edges, learning turns, jumps, spins and other skating moves and techniques.
These classes are intended for skaters who want to progress through the sport faster and possibly be a competitive figure skater someday.
The Hockey program is designed to be a specialty class for Learn to Skate Duluth Hockey Players. After skaters have passed Basic 1 and Basic 2 they are eligible for participation in the specialized hockey class. Participants will get full use of the ice sheet as well as a limited class size. Skaters will work on the fundamentals of skating including basic edges, turns, crossovers, forward and backward skating, as well as some advanced skills and techniques. Hockey participants are not eligible for practice time unless enrolled in the Learn to Skate Duluth program.
Snowplow Sam Tots - Ages 2 & 3 (with Parent)
This is a unique opportunity for a parent and a child to skate together. The Snowplow Sam 1 curriculum is used to provide our tot skaters with the fundamentals of skating. Skaters will learn basic balance and skating skills in an age appropriate and fun environment. Parents must purchase a Learn to Skate USA Membership or sign the liability waiver at the front desk, and purchase a Parent Pass for $15. The parent/adult must have previous skating experience and will be on the ice during all lessons (skates are required and will remain with skater throughout the duration of class).
Parents (or Guardians) are welcome to skate with their skaters with the purchase of a Parent Pass from the front desk. Parents are required to have a valid Learn to Skate USA membership, membership ID is required at the time of Parent Pass purchase. Learn to Skate USA memberships can be purchased at www.learntoskateusa.com. Parent Passes are valid only for each session. New Parent Passes must be purchased at the start of each new session.
Spring Ice Show
The Annual Spring Ice Show will be on March 18, 2017. The Show features skaters from the Duluth Figure Skating Club and Learn to Skate Duluth Program. All Skaters are invited to participate in the Annual Duluth Figure Skating Club Ice show.
Learn to Skate Schedule
Fall 2 Schedule
New Skaters: 5 years and under enter Snowplow Sam,
6 years and older enter Basic 1.
Skaters must be pre-registered. Non-registered skaters are NOT permitted on the ice!
Skaters are invited to participate in
the annual DFSC Ice Show in March 2018