Overview

Taught by the Chesapeake Skating School, the ice skating program at Columbia Ice Rink will provide participants with a fun, safe atmosphere for all students (ages 3 and above) to learn how to ice skate.

Each student will receive one 25-minute lesson per week for seven weeks. Seven free public session practice passes are included with each Learn to Skate session. Skate rental is included during lessons and is available for an extra fee of $3.75 during public session practices.

Sessions:

Session 1September 4-October 20
Session 2October 23-December 21
Session 3January 1-February 16
Session 4February 19-April 5
Session 5April 15-June 7

Tot 1 (3-5yrs)

Wednesday 1pm, 5pm, and 5:30pm

Saturday 9:45am and 10:15am

Tot 2 (3-5yrs)

Wednesday 1pm, 5pm, and 5:30pm

Saturday 9:45am and 10:15am

Tot 3 (3-5yrs)

Wednesday 1pm, 5pm, and 5:30pm

Saturday 9:45am and 10:15am

Tot 4 (3-5yrs)

Wednesday 1pm, 5pm, and 5:30pm

Saturday 9:45am and 10:15am

Basic 1 

Wednesday    5p and 5:30pm

Friday 4:30pm and 5pm

Saturday 9:45am and 10:15am

Basic 2

Wednesday    5p and 5:30pm

Friday 4:30pm 

Saturday 9:45am and 10:15am

Basic 3 

Wednesday    5p and 5:30pm

Friday 4:30pm 

Saturday 9:45am and 10:15am

Basic 4

Wednesday    5p and 5:30pm

Friday 4:30pm 

Saturday 9:45am and 10:15am

Basic 5

Wednesday    5p and 5:30pm

Friday 5pm 

Saturday 10:15am and 10:45am

Basic 6

Wednesday    5p and 5:30pm

Friday 5pm 

Saturday 10:15am and 10:45am

Wednesday    4:30pm

Saturday 10:15am

Wednesday    4:30pm

Saturday 10:15am and 10:45am

Saturday 11:15am

Saturday 11:15am

Sunday 7:30pm

 Mini-Sessions (2019-2020)

  • Holiday: December 27-30, 2019, 9:30-11:30am
  • Spring Break: April 6-9, 2020 9:30-11:30am

Held for four days in a row and include two 25-minute lessons with alternating 25-minute practice sessions.

Learn to Skate Policy

  1. Registration discounts apply to online registration prior to the start of the session only at ColumbiaAssociation.org/login. Regular registration can be done by calling 410-­730­-0322.
  2. Refunds are permitted for the following situations:
    • Notification of withdrawal from class prior to the start of a session. Subject to a $20 administrative fee.
    • Student medical emergency with copy of physician’s verification provided to waive the administrative fee.
      Missed classes will not be credited.
  3. One courtesy makeup class is allowed on Saturday morning only, provided that space is available at the appropriate level. All requests must be submitted via email to Ice.Rink@ColumbiaAssociation.org with 48-­hour advance notice.
  4. Make­up classes or changing class time cannot be scheduled the first or last week of the session. Make­up classes must be taken within the session.
  5. Practice passes: Seven complimentary admissions to public sessions per session; skate rental not included. Passes expire one week after session ends. Practice passes are not transferable.
  6. No practice is allowed during group lesson time.
  7. Children ages 5 and younger must bring helmets for skating lessons. We recommend that all beginners wear a helmet regardless of age.
  8. Send any communications about the Learn to Skate program or private instruction to Ice.Rink@ColumbiaAssociation.org.

Class Levels

    • Tot 1-4: For children ages 3-5. Fundamentals are taught in an age-appropriate style. All students must wear a helmet while on the ice. (A bicycle helmet works well.)

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    • Basic 1-6: For ages 6 through adult, or those who have passed Tot 3. Students are taught the fundamentals of skating for the development of a recreational and/or competitive sport.
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    • Pre-Free Skate (formerly Basic 7 and Basic 8) and Free Skate 1-6: Students will further develop their edging, spinning and jumping techniques. Prerequisite: Advancement through the Learn to Skate program or placement testing.
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Online pricing:

F&P,P 5G&P members$117
Other CA members$121.50
Columbia Cardholders$126
Non- members$130.50

Regular Registration Price:

F&P, P,5G&P members$130
Other CA members$135
Columbia Cardholders$140
Non-members$145

Private Lessons

  • Private one-on-one lessons are great for skaters 3 yrs and older that:
    • Want to begin testing/competing
    • Progressed out of learn to skate
    • Do better in a one-on-one setting rather than a group 
  • Private lessons are available though The Chesapeake Skating School and are conducted during our freestyle sessions, and are completely separate from our Learn to Skate Program.
  • Columbia Ice Rink’s U.S. Figure Skating Learn to Skate program, taught by the Chesapeake Skating School, has been formed to provide a fun, safe atmosphere for all students ages 3 and older to learn how to ice skate. The Tot and Basic 1-6 levels are geared towards the fundamentals of skating and develop the skills that are necessary for recreational, figure, ice hockey and speed skating. The Pre-Free Skate and Freeskate levels develop the skills necessary for advancement into figure skating.
For more information, call 410-730-0322 or email Ice.Rink@ColumbiaAssociation.org. Columbia Ice Rink is located at 5876 Thunder Hill Road in the Oakland Mills Village Center in Columbia.