Learn to Skate

Register for Fall Learn to Skate Classes (October 5 - December 3, 2022)

The Rinks - Poway ICE has group classes for all ages and abilities. Even if you have never skated previously, there is an entry level class just perfect for you. These sessions are open to youth and adult participants of all skill levels, with classes tailored to general skating, figure skating, and hockey paths. Space is limited and spots fill quick. View more information below and secure your spot!


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Fall Session Dates:

  • Wednesdays: October 5, 12, 19 & 26; November 2, 9, 16 & 30
  • Saturdays: October 8, 15, 22 & 29; November 5, 12 & 19; December 3

Cost: $160 for 8 Week Session - $20 per class includes 30 minutes ice time & group instruction, skate rental, and practice / Public Session passes that can be used for the participant and/or family/friend!

Tot Classes (3-5 Years)

Note: Skaters must wear figure skates for the below classes. No hockey skates are allowed.

Snowplow 1:

  • Sit and stand up, on-ice 
  • March in place 
  • March forward (8 steps) 
  • March forward, then glide on two feet (2 seconds) 
  • Dip in place

Snowplow 2 (must pass Snowplow 1:

  • Dip while moving (2 seconds) 
  • Backward Wiggles 
  • Forward Swizzles (3 in a row, no two-foot glide in between) 
  • Beginning snowplow stop, in place (right and left) 
  • Two-foot hop, in place (3 times)

Snowplow 3 (must pass Snowplow 2):

  • Rocking Horse (Forward, Backward, Forward) 
  • Forward Swizzles (6 in a row, with a two-foot glide in between) 
  • Backward Swizzles (3 in a row, no two-foot glide in between) 
  • Standstill T-Push (right and left) 
  • Moving forward snowplow stop (2 feet)

Snowplow Sam 4 (must pass Snowplow Sam 3)

  • Forward skating
  • Backward two-foot glide, length of skater's height
  • Backward swizzles (4-6 in a row)
  • Rocking horse - one forward, one backward swizzle, repeat twice
  • Two-foot turns from forward to backward, in place (both directions)
  • Two-foot hop, in place
Wednesday, 3:40 - 4:10 p.m.
  • Snowplow 1
4:25 - 4:55 p.m.
  • Snowplow 1
  • Snowplow 2
  • Snowplow 3
  • Snowplow 4
Saturday, 10:10 - 10:40 a.m.
  • Snowplow 3
  • Snowplow 4
Saturday, 10:45 - 11:15 a.m.
  • Snowplow 1
  • Snowplow 2

Youth Skating Classes (6-15 Years)

Note: Skaters must wear figure skates for the below classes. No hockey skates are allowed.

Basic 1:

  • Sit and stand up, on-ice 
  • March forward, then glide on two feet (3 seconds) 
  • Dip while moving (2 seconds) 
  • Forward Swizzles (6 in a row, with a two-foot glide in between) 
  • Backward Wiggles 
  • Beginning snowplow stop, in place (right and left)

Basic 2 (must pass Basic 1 or Snowplow 3):

  • Scooter pushes (right and left)
  • Forward one-foot glides (right and left, 2 seconds) 
  • Rocking Horse 
  • Backward Swizzles (6 in a row, with a two-foot glide in between) 
  • Two foot turns in place (both directions) 
  • Moving forward snowplow stop (right and left)

Basic 3 (must pass Basic 2):

  • Beginning forward stroking 
  • Forward half Swizzle pumps on a circle (clockwise and counterclockwise, 6 in a row) 
  • Moving forward to backward two-foot turns on a circle (clockwise and counterclockwise) 
  • Forward Slalom (both feet in the same direction at the same time) 
  • Forward pivots (clockwise and counterclockwise)

Basic 4 (must pass Basic 3):

  • Forward outside edge on a circle from pumps (right and left, 3 seconds) 
  • Beginning two-foot upright spin from pivot (1 revolution) 
  • Forward crossovers (clockwise and counterclockwise) 
  • Backward half Swizzle pumps on a circle (clockwise and counterclockwise) 
  • Backward one-foot glides (right and left, 2 seconds)

Basic 5 (must pass Basic 4):

  • Backward outside edge on a circle from pumps (right and left, 3 seconds) 
  • Backward crossovers (clockwise and counterclockwise) 
  • Forward outside three-turn (right and left, 2 seconds before and after the turn) 
  • Advanced two-foot upright spin from pivot (3 revolutions) 
  • Side toe hop (right and left)

Basic 6 (must pass basic 5):

  • Forward inside three-turn (right and left, 2 seconds before and after the turn) 
  • One-foot upright spin from pivot (2 revolutions) 
  • Bunny hop (right and left) 
  • Forward spiral on a straight line (free leg knee above the hip, 2 seconds) 
  • Forward lunge on a straight line (skating leg parallel, 2 seconds)

Academy Prep (must pass Basic 6):

  • Outside edge (serpentine pattern)
  • Inside edge (serpentine pattern)
  • Power Stroking
  • Crossover-mohawk-back crossover
  • Waltz Jump
  • Identify Salchow, Toe Loop, Loop jumps
  • 1-foot spin (5 revolutions)
  • Backward 3-turns
Wednesday, 3:40 - 4:10 p.m.
  • Basic 1
Wednesday, 4:25 - 4:55 p.m.
  • Basic 1
  • Basic 2
  • Basic 3
Wednesday, 5:00 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Basic 4
  • Basic 5
  • Basic 6
  • Academy Prep
Saturday, 10:10 - 10:40 a.m.
  • Basic 3
  • Basic 4
  • Basic 5
  • Basic 6
  • Academy Prep
Saturday, 10:45 - 11:15 a.m.
  • Basic 1
  • Basic 2

Youth Hockey Classes (6-15 Years)

Note: Skaters must wear hockey skates for the below classes. No figure skates are allowed.

Hockey 1:

  • March forward, then glide on two feet 
  • Forward swizzles (6 in a row) 
  • V-Start 
  • Forward one-foot pushes 
  • Beginning snowplow stop, in place (right and left)

Hockey 2 (Must pass Hockey 1 or Snowplow 3):

  • Forward crossovers (clockwise and counterclockwise) 
  • Forward strides using 45 degree V-Push, focus on good recovery and alternating arm drive 
  • Crossover starts 
  • Backward skating 
  • Moving forward snowplow stop (right and left)

Hockey 3 (Must pass Hockey 2):

  • Backward one-foot glides (right and left, 2 seconds) 
  • Backward crossovers (clockwise and counterclockwise) 
  • One-foot edge turning 
  • Pivot turns 
  • Hockey stops

Hockey 4 (Must pass Hockey 3):

  • Quick starts using forward V-start
  • Backward one-foot glide, right and left
  • Forward crossover glides (clockwise and counter-clockwise). Hold feet in crossed position for 2 counts
  • Backward crossover glides (clockwise and counter-clockwise). Hold feet in crossed position for 2 counts
  • Forward crossovers on circle, clockwise and counterclockwise (4-6 each)
  • Backward crossovers on circle, clockwise and counterclockwise (4-6 each)
  • Hockey stops (stopping to the left and to the right, with speed)
Wednesday, 3:40 - 4:10 p.m.
  • Hockey 1
  • Hockey 2
  • Hockey 3
  • Hockey 4
Saturday, 10:10 - 10:40 a.m.
  • Hockey Power Skills

Adult Classes (16+ Years)

Saturday, 10:45 - 11:15 a.m.
  • Adult Low
  • Adult High

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Learn to Skate USA Membership
Make-up Class/Missed Class Policy
  • Make-up class for all levels - Wednesday, December 7
    • Make-up day time breakdown and details to be emailed with registration link from Courtney Walker during the session
Practice Pass/Public Session Policy
  • Included in your Session Fee is 16 practice/public session passes that can be used for the participant and/or family/friend. To redeem these passes, check-in at the Front Desk on the day/time of the Public Session and ask to use a "Learn to Skate Practice Pass." These practice/public session passes EXPIRE at the end of the session - Saturday, December 3. 
How to apply an account credit
  • Login to customer account
  • Proceed with registration for desired program(s)
  • When finished registering for your programs, checkout of the shopping cart
  • If there is a credit on your account, it will appear as an option to use for payment
  • Click FAMILY CREDIT 
  • Confirm the amount that you want to apply
  • Click USE CREDIT and complete the transaction 

Frequently Asked Questions

The Rinks - Poway ICE has group classes for all ages and abilities. Even if you have never skated previously, there is an entry level class just perfect for you:

Ages 3-6

  • Tot (Snowplow Sam 1)
  • Parent & Me 

Note: Snowplow 1-4 for the Tots is equivalent to Basic 1 or Hockey 1 for youth.  After passing Snowplow 4, skaters advance to Basic 2 or Hockey 2.

Ages 7-17

  • Youth Basic 1 
  • Youth Hockey 1

Note: Basic 1 (figure skating) and Hockey 1 are comparable entry level classes.  Hockey 1 will be taught by a hockey instructor using hockey terminology.   Basic 1 

Ages 18 & up

  • Adult Beginner (Adult Low)

  • We recommend dressing in layers including pants that allow for movement.
  • BRING GLOVES or mittens - ski / waterproof gloves are recommended for extra protection
  • Wear thin socks that come above the ankle so skates can fit snug
  • Helmets are VERY STRONGLY recommended.  A snow cap rolled up in the back can also provide extra padding.
  • Snow pants are great for tots their first days to stay dry as they are finding their balance.

Skate rental is included with your class.  We recommend getting your own skates by the Basic 4 level so that you have a consistent fit and feel each week and equipment that will be suited for the more difficult skills at this level and higher.  

Skates should fit very snug. If skates are too big it will be very difficult to balance.

All skaters should start in figure skates as it is much easier to balance on the longer, flatter blades. When it is time to transition to hockey skates, we recommend doing so during practice to adjust before the next lesson.

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For more information, contact:

Poway ICE Program Office
piprogramoffice@therinks.com

Poway ICE Skating School Lead – Courtney Walker
cwalker@therinks.com

The Rinks Figure Skating Director – Alex Chang
achang@therinks.com