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 Freestyle 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.

  • Lesson Times & Pricing
  • FAQs
  • Snowplow Sam
  • Basic Skills
  • Basic Skills Adult
  • Learn to Freestyle
  • Learn to Perform/Compete
  • Private Lessons
  • Synchronized Skating

2021-2022 Season

Online registration is now open for Spring 2022!

Registration deadline is March 14th by 5:00 p.m. Late registrations will be accepted if space allows—no pro-rating for late registrations.

Session Time/Dates:

Mondays from 5:30 (noon) to 6:15 p.m. or as noted on registration link.

  • March: 14, 21, 28
  • April: 4, 11, 25 (No classes or practice: 4/18/2022)
  • May: 2, 9

Location:


Spring 2022 Pricing

Beginner Classes Pricing
Snowplow Sam Ages 3-5

(no practice ice) Includes a half-hour lesson

8-Weeks: $115

Time: 5:45-6:15 p.m.

Basic Skills Levels 1-6 and Teen/Adult

Includes a half-hour lesson and 15-minutes practice

8-Weeks: $140

Time: 5:30-6:15 p.m.

Learn to Freestyle

(for skaters who have passed LTS level 6 or permission from the skating director)

Includes a half-hour lesson and 15-minutes practice

8-Weeks: $140

Time: 5:30-6:15 p.m.

LTS USA & Albany FSC Membership** Annual Fee: $25

Online Registration

How to Register Information

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

REFUND POLICY Can be found here.

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

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

For questions email albanyfsc@gmail.com.

Skating Exhibitions:

  • Winter Ice Show in December and Spring Ice Show in March
  • 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 on the first day of class, including lesson time, group level, and coach name. It should be returned to the check-in desk at the end of lessons each week. 
  • Some skaters will begin with lessons, while others will start with practice ice and are noted on name tags.
  • Our coaches will evaluate skaters based on age and ability during the first week of lessons and make adjustments for week two.
  • All skaters will be evaluated the second to last week of class.
  • Some levels are more complicated 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: Strongly recommended for Snowplow Sam, Basic Levels 1-2, and 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, assistants, or coaches 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 canceled or combined with another class.
  • A parent or guardian 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 strongly recommended

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 strongly recommended

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 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 recommended

Basic Skills Adult Curriculum Chart

Learn to Freestyle

This program is designed for skaters who are ready to advance from Basic Skills to freestyle skating skills.  The curriculum teaches skating skills at a faster pace, begins to introduce skaters to advanced skills, and prepares them to advanced to the “test track” or Free Skate figure skating levels.

The Learn to Freestyle group lesson is for skaters who have passed Learn to Skate USA Level 6.

Necessary equipment:

  • Proper fit and lacing of ice skates (please ask for a list of recommended skate brands before you buy). No rental skates.
  • Appropriate loose-fitting but warm attire

Learn to Perform

Skater performing at Winter Ice Show

Skater performing at a Winter Ice Show

Learn to Perform is a preparation class for shows and basic skills competition. The class includes a personalized program to music and registration in the club’s exhibition ice shows.

Open to skill levels 1 and above.

Must have a minimum of 3 skaters registered to run.

Registration is available on the Learn to Skate registration form.

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. The ice time cost is separate and paid to the figure skating club.

If interested or have questions, please get in touch with us at albanyfsc@gmail.com.

Learn to Skate - Level 3

Synchronized Skating Team

Skate with friends, learn new skating skills, and work as a team to perform a program in ice shows and other events!

We are looking to get either competitive beginner and open-juvanile teams formed for the 2022-2023 season. Email albanyfsc@gmail.com today to get more information.2016_17SynchroTeam

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