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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 and Teen skaters from day one to more advanced Basic Skills.
  • The Adult curriculum is the perfect progression into any ice sport.

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


The 7 Week Series of Lessons is BACK!
The return of our traditional Learn To Skate-USA series of lessons is here.

Lessons are 30 minutes each and run weekly for 7 weeks all year round.

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

Skills are listed below. 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. 

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 in our Capitals Academy. Successful completion of Basic 2 is required before joining the Pewter level of Sky High Skating Academy.

What's Included?

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

  • Use of our rental skates
  • Membership to Learn to Skate -USA
  • 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 DASH account when checking out. For Public Skate times click here.

What should I wear?

Skating is a sport. So dress in athletic type clothing.
Flexible layers are encouraged incase you break a sweat.
An all sport compression helmet is also recommended but not required.
Don't forget gloves to not only keep your hands warm, but protect you from minor accidents.
And the number one forgotten item? Socks! A thin pair that rises above the ankle is best. 

First Day of Class Tips!-Click here!

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


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.

Lori Cervinka

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