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Learn to Skate Classes

learn to skate classes

MedStar Capitals Iceplex is proud to administer Learn to Skate USA®This curriculum is the only Learn to Skate program endorsed by USA Hockey, US Speed Skating, Special Olympics, and US Figure Skating. Classes are organized into age specific levels and designed for any beginner to acquire the necessary skills to enjoy the sport of Ice Skating for a lifetime.

  • Our Snowplow Sam 1-4 Classes are designed for our littlest skaters aged 4 - 6.
  • Basic 1-6 take our Youth skaters from day one to more advanced Basic Skills.
  • The Adult curriculum is the perfect progression into any ice sport.

All three age groups lay the foundation for FUN and any other discipline within the skating community.

All our participants must be a member of Learn to Skate-USA to enroll in our classes.

There will be a prompt that will allow you to look up the number and confirm it is your skater’s information or to purchase a new one.

Once you confirm your number, you can access the number again on your Daysmart account under passes and memberships. It will be stored for the rest of the year and expires once a year on June 30th.

This is your number for life, no matter where you take lessons, and only needs to be renewed once a year in June. 

For more information about Learn to Skate -USA and the benefits of membership click here. Home - Learn to Skate USA 

The front desk cannot find this information for you or accept registrations at the desk because you need this number to complete the transaction online only. We are happy to walk you through the online registration process either at the desk or over the phone.

What Will I Be Learning?

AGES 4-6

AGES 6-14

AGES 15 & up

Remember that MedStar Capitals Iceplex requires successful completion Snowplow Sam 2, Basic 1, or Adult 1 before taking Learn to Skate- USA Hockey 1.
Successful completion of Basic 2 is required before joining the Pewter level of Sky High Skating Academy.

MedStar Capitals Iceplex Recognized Nationally

Learn to Skate USA® has recognized MedStar Capitals Iceplex as one of the largest programs in the country. Together with our sister rink we welcomed 3185 new members in the 2022-2023 season and ranked-

  • Number 1 in the State
  • Number 2 in the Region
  • Number 4 in the Nation.

Thanks to our coaches for making Learning to Skate such a fun and popular activity!

What's Included?

Your success is important to us! And practice makes perfect.
Your 30-minute weekly lesson includes:

  • Use of our rental skates
  • The 7-week series will include a Public Skate Pass good for your skater to attend any public skate during the duration of the 7 weeks. (One pass per lesson)

Please pre-register for Public Skate so we know you are coming! Look for your free passes on your Daysmart Recreation account when checking out. For Public Skate times click here.


There may be space to join mid-series.
Or look for the next series to open once the current season gets rolling.

The instructors will evaluate skaters the first and second week and may move a skater up or down if space is available.

Capacity is limited, so register early to assure you get your first pick.  

Classes cannot be refunded. 

*Please note that classes may be combined with a level above or below periodically.

First Day of Class Tips!-Click here!

What to know on your first day of a Learn to Skate Class!

What should I wear?

Skating is a sport; you should dress in athletic type clothing.
The rink is kept at a cool 55 degrees.
Flexible layers are encouraged in case you break a sweat.

An all-sport compression helmet is also strongly recommended but not required for our Snowplow Sam, Basic, or Adult levels. We do require an HECC approved helmet for any of our Learn to Hockey Skate levels. Ask our pro-shop for details.

Don't forget gloves. They not only keep your hands warm, but can protect you from minor accidents.
And the number one forgotten item?
Socks! A thin pair that rises above the ankle is best. 


Owning your own equipment is key to faster progress. Visit our Pro-Shop for the best options for your level.

Can't find what you are looking for?

Email the Skating Department with your questions.

Briana Bennett