Skaters may start as early as 3 to 4 years old. Beginning skaters can also be adults!
Skaters need the following equipment:
- Single blade skates (either figure skating or hockey skates)
A bicycle or hockey helmet (new skaters 7 and under will not be allowed on the ice without a helmet)
- Hand/Foot warmers
Skaters need to be at the rink 10-15 minutes before lessons (usually 8:15am Saturday mornings) to get on their skates and be ready for the lesson. The lesson hour is broken into 2 parts – a 20 minute group lesson and 40 minutes of practice assisted by a Professional and our team of mentors. During the practice time, the mentor and professional will work with the skaters. Sometimes, the skaters do not want help – they want to try their new skills independently. This is fine as well.
If there are any questions, please come to one of the Viking Volunteers. If it’s an “on ice” question, the volunteer will relay the message to our skating director.
Parents need to avoid crowding the door to the ice! There is a lot of activity going on-and-off the ice, and we need to keep this clear for safety. We understand the desire to take some pictures – that is fine. Just try to make them quick!