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How do I get myself or my child into hockey?
How do I move from Learn to Skate into Hockey?
How do I get into Figure Skating?
How does Learn To Skate Work?
How long are the classes?
Do I have to wait until the next session starts, or can I join in now?
Do you have Ice Hockey for adult beginners?

How do I get myself or my child into hockey?

The first step in becoming a hockey player is learning how to skate. If you’ve never skated before, or are still a beginner then your first step should involve Learn To Skate. Once you have done that then you can move into the appropriate hockey program. Do not underestimate the importance of learning to skate well. Too many people fail to have the experience they had hoped for by jumping into hockey under the false impression that they can already skate well enough. Remember, when you start skating with a puck you need to focus on the puck. This is almost impossible to do if you are still trying to get your feet to co-operate!

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How do I move from Learn to Skate into Hockey?

Once you are nearing the end of Learn To Skate it is time to start preparing for hockey. Talk to Jason from All About Hockey Pro Shop located in the rink lobby about getting some hockey equipment. Once you have started your gear collection and are ready to play then it is time to see where you belong. The Glacier Ice Arena offers many programs to get you into hockey. For kids 8 and under they should go into the Mite Program. Kids 10-14 should come to our Youth Hockey Skills Class. Adults should now start showing up at Stick and Puck sessions and Drop In Hockey sessions to develop your skills. This will be the fastest way to learn and you will meet plenty of people along the way who will be happy to help you learn and get you ready to join a team. For more information on playing ice hockey look here.

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How do I get into Figure Skating?

Getting involved in Figure Skating is easier than you might think. Simply Join our Learn to Skate program and work your way through the classes. If you decide that you want more then you can progress into private lessons. We currently have 4 Figure Skating Coaches. All of our coaches are Registered with Learn To Skate USA, and are US Figure Skating Certified and Insured. Figure Skating coaches are self employed. To schedule lessons with them you should contact them directly. All of our coaches work with both Recreational Skaters and Competitive Skaters.

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How does Learn To Skate Work?

The Glacier Ice Arena offers Learn To Skate USA classes for skaters of any age. Our program is sanctioned by US Figure Skating, USA Hockey, and US Speed Skating. All of our instructors are certified and insured through Learn To Skate USA and US Figure Skating. We will sometimes have “junior instructors” on the ice to help out with larger classes. These juniors are skaters from our figure skating program who work under direct supervision of a certified coach.

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How long are Learn To Skate classes?

We offer classes on Mondays at 5:00pm and Saturdays at 9:45am. The classes are 30 minutes long and are part of an 8 week session.

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Do I have to wait until the next session starts, or can I join in now?

In most cases you can join in now. We will pro-rate the class fees so that you get what you pay for. Your child will not be behind if they join in mid-session. Everyone learns at their own pace. Because of this, we move kids to the next level as soon as they are ready. This helps to ensure that all of the skaters in the class are very close to each other with regard to ability. Week 7 is testing week. Week 8 is bring a friend week. You can not join in during these 2 weeks.

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Do you have Ice Hockey for adult beginners?

Yes we do. We have a recreational Ice Hockey league that typically plays on Sunday evenings. Our Adult League follows USA Hockey Rules and Regulations and is formed under the “Body Contact” category. We have a C League which is perfect for beginners and those who don’t want to try to keep up with the younger guys. We also have an A/B League for those who are more advanced and enjoy a faster, more experienced game. You can find more information on our Adult Leagues here.

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