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Learn to Skate

The Learn to Skate program at Carlson Ice Arena provides a safe and exciting experience for the beginner as well as the more advanced skater. The program allows participants the ability to achieve the skills necessary to either skate for fun the rest of their lives, or participate competitively in hockey or figure skating.

Six-week group sessions are offered for beginner, intermediate, and advanced skill levels, and meet at Carlson Ice Arena in Loves Park once a week for 30-60 minutes, with skates provided. We offer a variety of program options, including: lessons, skill development, performances, and competitions. Classes are progressive, so as skills progress, participants will move on to the next level of classes. Returning skaters are placed based on previous levels completed.

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About Our Program

  • Classes meet once a week, and skates are provided for all levels.
  • Minimum class size is six skaters. We reserve the right to combine classes with fewer than two skaters.
  • Skaters progress at their own rate, moving on to the next level only after required elements are mastered. All levels may be repeated until the requirements are met. The Rockford Park District reserves the right to move any skater between levels.
  • If you need to miss your regular class, you can make it up if it is offered another time during the week. If not, you can use one of your public or freestyle session passes to practice.
  • Certificates, medals and trophies are presented to skaters as skill advance.

Getting Started

  1. Review the class offerings by clicking the MyRPD Register Here button, and sign up for the program you want.
  2. Arrive at the rink at least fifteen minutes before your scheduled group lesson.
  3. Check in at the Learn to Skate table.
  4. Go to the skate counter to get a pair of skates and put them on.
  5. For the first class, meet your instructor in the lobby at the designated area.
  6. Pay attention in class and ask questions if you don't understand a skill.
  7. Have fun!

What To Wear

Dress for warmth, including long pants and a jacket. Sweatpants or warm-up pants are ideal. Remember to bring gloves and a hat. Hair should be secured neatly off your face.

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So You Want to Learn to Skate?

Let skating become a family activity! If you want to learn how to skate this class is for you! Meant for people of all ages, this class will build the skills and confidence needed to conquer public skate or move on to hockey or figure skating. Participants can wear hockey or figure skates! This class will focus on skating and stopping, all while having a great time!

Location: Carlson Ice Arena



Rocky's Tot Beginner Skate Lessons

This is a 30-minute lesson for beginning skaters who want to get on the ice and start moving. Snowplow Sam 1-3 skill levels.

Skill Focus:

  • Sit, stand, and stop with skates
  • Forward and backward skating
  • One-foot glides and stopping
  • Swizzles


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Beginner Skate Lessons - Basic 1

This is a 30-minute lesson for beginning skaters looking to improve on-ice skills. Basic 1 skill levels.

Skill Focus:

  • March and glide across the ice
  • Backward wiggles
  • Forward edge swizzles
  • Backward edge swizzles
  • Forward one-foot glides
  • Stopping


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Beginner Skate Lessons - Basic 2 & 3

This is a 40-minute lesson for beginning skaters looking to improve on-ice skills. Basic 2 & 3 skill levels.

Skill Focus:

  • Forward stroking
  • Backward one-foot glides
  • Moving forward to backward
  • Two-foot spin


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Intermediate Skate Lessons

This is a 40-minute lesson for intermediate skaters who want to continue mastering turns and spins. Basic 4, 5, and 6 skill levels.

Skill Focus:

  • Stroking
  • Backward stroking
  • Crossovers
  • Beginner jumps
  • Inside/Outside edges
  • Three turns




Advanced Figure Skating

This is a 40-minute lesson for advanced skaters who are ready to put it all together and want to be introduced to all the elements in skating, and possibly begin a competitive career. Basic 7 and 8; Freeskate 1-6 skill levels.

Skill Focus:

  • Advanced jumps
  • Advanced spins
  • Combination jumps
  • Turns
  • Backward crossovers
  • Spiral sequences



Learn to Compete Figure Skating

Now that you are learning to skate, let our experienced coaches introduce you to competitive skating! This class is designed to be a fun-filled program that allows skaters the opportunity to create short compulsory programs. The participant will work on combining targeting skills that will aid them in entering competitive skating. There are also opportunities to compete in Rockford based competitions at an additional cost to the participant.




Morning Enrichment Class

Are you looking to take your skating skills to the next level? We have just the class for you! This class is designed by our experienced coaches to focus on key elements such as power, figures, edges, and moves in the field.



Synchronized Skating Class

This 45-minute class introduces skaters to synchronized skating and teaches the fundamental skating skills and teamwork, which become the building blocks for future success in the growing sport of synchronized skating. Skate with your friends, learn something new, and have fun! Opportunities to perform in the winter and spring shows.



Cheer on Ice

This 30-minute class combines skating skills with cheerleading and poms. Learn cheers and skating skills at the same time! Have fun and learn something new. Possible opportunity to perform at our in-house Jr. IceHog hockey games when they are in season.



Adult Skate Lessons

You are never too old to try something new or work on improving a skill you loved in the past. Adult skate lessons include beginning to advanced levels. Join other adults on ice for some socialization, motivation, and challenge. 15 minutes of practice time followed by a 30-minute lesson.


RPD Vision/ Mission

The Rockford Park District is the "best" urban park and recreation system in North America, as judged by those we serve.

Helping people enjoy life!

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