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Learn to Skate Program

The Blue Edge FSC of CT Learn to Skate USA program is ideal for beginners who wish to learn basic skating skills. This program follows the Learn to Skate USA curriculum and offers separate group lessons for children and adults. It is designed for both figure skaters and hockey players.

  • Learn to Skate Sessions - Every year, we offer Learn to Skate lessons during the Fall (September-December) and Winter (January-April) sessions. The Fall 2024-25 season will be announced soon (check schedule). The program fee is prorated for late sign-ups. Click HERE for details on the different levels of classes. ​​

       That’s it! Then just show up. You will need skates (click HERE for skate shop recommendation and discount offer), gloves, and a helmet if you are a beginner (Snowplow Sam,Basic Level 1 and 2 and Adult 1 skaters). 

  • Covid Policy - Quinnipiac University and Blue Edge FSC of CT continue to follow CDC Covid guidelines. ​

Snowplow Sam

 

This program is designed for our youngest beginners. Stories and games are used to teach basic coordination and skills. See our equipment guide. Download the LTSUSA Snowplow Sam Levels PDF.

Qualifications: Skater must be willing and able to remain with the group and follow instructions. Must be at least four years old.

Safety note: All Snowplow Sam skaters must wear helmets.

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Basic Skills 1-6 and Freeskate

 

Children and youth work through levels 1-6 of the Learn to Skate FUNdamentals curriculum. These six progressive levels teach skaters basic skating skills like forward and backward skating, stops, edges, cross overs and turns with agility, balance, coordination and speed. Our Learn To Skate classes provide 40 minutes of professional group instruction followed by 20 minutes of supervised practice.

Skaters may arrange for private lessons with our coaches during the last 20 minutes of learn to skate classes or practice ice. Please email skate@blueedgefsc.org if you need help finding a private coach.

Pre-Freeskate and Freeskate levels are also available.

 

Our goal for your skater is to have a fun learning experience, and to enjoy the challenge of the sport and the company of other club members.

Download the Learn To Skate USA Basic 1-6 Levels PDF

Download the Learn to Skate USA Freeskate Levels PDF 

Qualifications: Skater must be able to stand on two skates, unaided. Must be at least five years old or have passed Snowplow Sam level 2.

Safety note: All Basic 1 and Basic 2 skaters must wear helmets.

Adult Learn To Skate

 

This program is for teenagers and adults who want to begin figure skating. This is an exciting new program for people who look to skating as an enjoyable part of a fit and healthy lifestyle. 

Download our Adult Learn To Skate Levels PDF.

Qualifications: Skater must be able to stand on two skates, unaided.

Safety note: All Adult 1 skaters must wear helmets.

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LTS Equipment Guide

Good equipment supports good skating and good fun.Here's your guide to the equipment you'll need for this skating season at Blue Edge FSC of CT

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Skates and Blades

Good skates that fit. A skate that is too large or one that is floppy will not support the foot properly.
Blades that have been well cared for and are sharpened at the beginning of each season.

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Soft and Hard Guards

Soft blade guards. Terry cloth guards keep the blades protected and dry when they are not being used.
Hard rubber guards are needed for the year-end show and for walking on anything except ice and rubber mats.

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Blade Cloth

A clean cotton blade cloth or or chamois. Blades must be wiped dry after each use. Do not store them with hard guards on.

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Gloves

Gloves and spare gloves: simple synthetic knit gloves. Not mittens, no plastic, no fur.

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Helmet

A helmet. Hockey, skateboarding, inline skating, or ski helmets work better than bicycle helmets. The helmet should stay firmly in place and cover the back and sides of the head.

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Skating Bag

A skating bag to contain (and protect) all of these things.  

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Sweater or Jacket

A warm sweater or light jacket and warm pants. We want you to stay warm, but also be able to move.

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Knee Pads

Knee pads are optional. If your skater wants such protection, buy soft pads, not hard plastic shells. Slippery gloves or knee protectors make it difficult for a skater to get up off the ice properly.

Socks

Socks that are higher than the skates and made of thin breathable material work best. You don't need thick bulky socks to keep you warm during skating.

First Time Lacing Up A Pair Of Skates?

  1. Loosen most of the laces to insert foot.

  2. Make sure the heel is all the way back in the skate.

  3. Tighten the laces across the instep up to the ankle. (this supports the ankle)

  4. Tie a single knot, then lace the top of the boot more loosely, with the knee and ankle slightly flexed. (this allows the knee to bend properly)

  5. Make sure there are no floppy lace ends or loops. (tuck them in or cut them off)

  6. Enjoy skating with a perfectly laced pair of skates!

Skate Shop Recommendation

 
High quality beginner skates and other skating equipment can be purchased from Bensen-Ferguson Hockey and Lacrosse Club. They offer a 10% discount on skates to Blue Edge members.
Bensen-Ferguson Hockey and Lacross Club
326 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT
Phone: 203-799-7200

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LTS Program Details
LTS Equipment Guide
Learn to Skate Levels
How to Lace Skates
Skate Shop Recommendation
Snowplow Sam
Basic Skills and Freeskate
Adult
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