Learn to Skate

Albany FSC Learn to Skate Beginner program provides skaters with high-quality group skating options in a fun and supportive environment. Group ice skating lessons taught by expert instructors with years of experience on the ice allow skaters the opportunity to achieve personal growth and development by participating in a high-quality program that teaches the fundamentals of figure skating progressively and sequentially.

In addition, Albany FSC is committed to providing skaters with continued group skating options for learning basic skating skills, with emphasis on footwork and proper form in our Learn to Skate Advanced program. In more advanced figure skating classes jumps, spins, artistry, and more intricate footwork and techniques are the focus. Groups are divided by age and skill level, allowing additional opportunities to hone your skills through our periodic figure skating camps and clinics, as well as freestyle ice time.

Our Learn to Skate USA and U.S. Figure Skating programs are offered year round for beginner and advanced figure and hockey skaters from ages 3 to Adult!

Our coaches hold current memberships as members of U.S. Figure Skating and Learn to Skate USA, they have passed background checks and completed online certification(s). Some coaches are also members of the Professional Skaters Association.

  • Beginner: Lesson Times & Pricing
  • Advanced: Lesson Times & Pricing
  • FAQs
  • Snowplow Sam
  • Basic Skills
  • Basic Skills Adult
  • Private Lessons

2018-2019 Season

Saturdays 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.

Held at the Bethlehem YMCA in Delmar, NY

Fall 2018 Session: October: 13, 20, 27; November: 3, 10, 17 (no 24th); December: 1, 8

Winter 2019 Session: January: 12, 19, 26; February: 2, 90, 16 (no 23rd); March: 2, 9

Lesson Time: 12:00-12:30 p.m. and Practice Ice Time: 12:30-1:00 p.m.

Beginner Classes Pricing LTS USA Registration**
Snowplow Sam Ages 3-5 (no practice ice*)

Fall 8-Weeks: $112

Winter 8-Weeks: $112

Both 16-Weeks: $214

$25
Basic Skills Levels 1-6 and Adult (practice ice included) Fall 8-Weeks: $165

Winter 8-Weeks: $165

Both 16-Weeks: $320

$25

All LTS skaters will learn a group program during lesson time to perform during our ice shows. Details will be provided during lessons.

Winter Ice Show – December 15th 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. (times subject to change)

Spring Ice Show – March 16th 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. (times subject to change)

Registration Form

Online Registration

* Snowplow Sam can purchase practice buy-on ice at the rink for $10/half hour or purchase a full basic skills package. Please note, there is no formal instruction during practice ice time.

** All skaters must be registered with the Learn to Skate USA program to skate on program ice. Registration includes skater record book, LTS USA liability insurance & magazine. Memberships run from 7/1-6/30 each year, regardless of the time of registration.

No refunds will be issued without a medical excuse. Doctor’s note required. No refunds will be issued for memberships.

Skate rentals are available at the rink for an additional weekly fee paid to CDYMCA. Helmets are strongly recommended.

Although held at the Bethlehem CDYMCA, this Learn to Skate USA, and United States Figure Skating approved program is in no other way affiliated with the YMCA. YMCA memberships are not required.

Fall 2018

Saturdays 1:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.

Held at the Bethlehem YMCA in Delmar, NY

Session Dates: October: 13, 20, 27; November: 3, 10, 17 (no 24th); December: 1, 8

This is a full one-hour course.

Advanced Basic Skills Class Pricing
Group ice skating lessons taught by expert instructors with years of experience on the ice allow skaters the opportunity to achieve personal growth and development by participating in a high-quality program that teaches the fundamentals of figure skating in a progressive and sequential manner.

In addition to learning basic skating skills, an emphasis is placed on footwork and good form. Jumps, spins, artistry, and more intricate footwork and techniques are taught in more advanced figure skating classes, like this one.

Groups are divided by age and skill level. Class open to AFSC members and non-members.

Coaches: Karla Schallehn and Megan Metro

8-Weeks: $230

Weekly Buy-On: $35/class*

* Only fill out a form for your first buy-on class.

A minimum of 10 skaters must register or the class will be canceled. Buy-On rate only available if class runs.

All skaters must be currently registered with either U.S. Figure Skating or Learn to Skate USA in order to participate on program ice. Annual Memberships are valid from 7/1/18-6/30/19. Skaters will not be allowed on the ice unless membership either with Learn to Skate USA or U.S. Figure Skating and the waiver of liability have been completed.

Only cash or check payments accepted to keep costs down.

Registration Form

No refunds will be issued without a medical excuse. Doctor’s note required. No refunds will be issued for memberships.

Although held at the Bethlehem CDYMCA, this Learn to Skate USA, and United States Figure Skating approved program is in no other way affiliated with the YMCA. YMCA memberships are not required.

Skating Exhibitions:

  • Winter Ice Show: Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. (time subject to change)
  • Spring Ice Show: Saturday March 16, 2019 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. (time subject to change)
  • All skaters will learn a group program during lessons to perform at the shows.
  • There’s no charge for our Learn to Skate Group Class skater participants but there is an admissions fee for all spectators. Ice shows are our biggest fundraiser events and help us support our skating programs. They also give our skaters a venue to demonstrate their skating talents, skills and progress.

What You Need to Know:

  • Your skater will receive a name tag the first day of class and the color will match the group they are assigned to.
  • During the first two weeks of classes our coaches will evaluate skaters based on age and ability.
  • All skaters will be evaluated the second to last week of class.
  • Some levels are more difficult and may take more than one session to complete. Don’t get discouraged!

What to Wear:

  • Long pants i.e. Yoga pants, sweatpants, joggers, leggings.
  • Layers for comfort. The rinks are cold, but you can adjust your clothing as you feel necessary.
  • Helmet: required for Snowplow Sam, Basic Levels 1-2, and highly recommend for all beginner level skaters.
  • Gloves for warmth and protection if you fall.
  • Appropriate socks, warm comfortable thin socks or stockings.
  • Hair pulled back for safety.

How to Tie Ice Skates:

  • If you want to purchase skates please discuss with our program director or assistant, or a coach for brand recommendations.
  • Skates must fit properly-not too big, not too small! The boot should be stiff.
  • Begin by loosening the skates, then tighten laces starting from the toe up to the ankle.
  • Lace around the hooks in a crisscross pattern, using all the hooks.
  • Finish with a secure bow. A double knot is recommended.
  • If the skates don’t feel secure after being laced up, the laces are too loose and should be re-tied.

Terms and Conditions

  • All Learn to Skate participants must be current members of Learn to Skate USA.
  • All registration fees must be paid in advance.
  • No refunds will be issued without a medical excuse. Doctor’s note required. No refunds will be issued for memberships.
  • Albany FSC reserves the right to change or cancel a class. If fewer than four students are enrolled in a class, it may be cancelled or combined with another class.
  • A parent or guardian of all skaters under 18 must be present in the rink during class and practice ice times. Albany FSC is not responsible for childcare in the absence of a guardian.

This Learn to Skate USA program is designed for our youngest skaters, ages 3-5. We start by getting these young skaters comfortable with the ice and then start introducing them to the “basic skills” of the sport. Skaters will have a 30-minute group lesson each week to learn skating basics where each class concentrates specifically on these young skaters and how they learn.

Necessary equipment:

  • Proper fit and lacing of ice skates
  • Appropriate loose fitting but warm attire (mittens a must)
  • A safety helmet is required

Snowplow Sam Curriculum Chart

This Learn to Skate USA program introduces the fundamental “basic skills” and moves of skating. There are six levels and once completed skaters will have the knowledge and skills to advance to specialized areas of the sport. This program is designed for school-aged skaters (age 5 and up). Skaters will have group lessons each week that provides a curriculum centered around the basic and upper-level skating skills of school-aged children. Groups are divided by skating skill/level and age to provide skaters with the best possible learning environment. Skaters will have a group lesson with an LTS USA certified coach and practice ice time each week.

Necessary equipment Levels 1-2:

  • Proper fit and lacing of ice skates
  • Appropriate loose fitting but warm attire (mittens a must)
  • A safety helmet is required

Necessary equipment Levels 3-6:

  • Proper fit and lacing of ice skates (please ask for a list of recommended skate brands before you buy)
  • Appropriate loose fitting but warm attire
  • Safety helmet (optional but recommended)

Basic Skills Curriculum Chart

“U.S. Figure Skating proudly endorses Learn to Skate USA as the nation’s premier ice skating instructional program. With a progressive curriculum grounded in fundamentals, Learn to Skate USA is the first step for anyone interested in becoming a figure skater. Learn to Skate USA teaches, challenges and rewards skaters at all levels and disciplines in a fun way that surely will lead to a lifetime love of the sport.”

This Learn to Skate USA program is designed for adult skaters who are interested in learning the basics and advanced skills. This program is designed for older teens and adult skaters and provides a curriculum centered around the fundamental and upper-level skating skills of adult skaters. Skaters will have a group lesson with an LTS USA certified coach and practice ice time each week.

Necessary equipment:

  • Proper fit and lacing of ice skates (please ask for a list of recommended skate brands before you buy)
  • Appropriate loose fitting but warm attire
  • Safety helmet (optional but recommended)

Basic Skills Adult Curriculum Chart

Our coaches also offer one-on-one lessons for skater’s who are looking to advance their skills. Coaches tailor lessons to each skater’s skills and needs. These lessons are offered during our practice ice times. Scheduling and coaching fees are arranged with each coach separately. Ice time cost is separate and paid to the figure skating club.

Please contact Megan Metro, LTS Skating Director at learntoskate@albanyfsc.org to arrange private coaching.

Learn to Skate - Level 3

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