On your child’s first day of skating,
We’re going to let you in on a little secret. The first time your child skates—he or she will fall. The best part, your child will get right back up. Anything’s possible when your child skates for the first time. So prepare yourself and your child for the expected and unexpected. On the first day of class, students will meet off ice with their instructor to go over class procedures and new skater introductions.
Be on time.
Arrive a good 20 minutes before class kicks off to check in at the registration desk and lace up your child’s skates. This is a good time to meet and become acquainted with your new instructor and ask any questions you may have.
Helmets and Head Protection
All SNOWPLOW SAM SKATERS, ages 3-6, must wear a helmet. Nothing is to be worn underneath the helmet for proper fitting. Any new skaters to Learn to Skate USA are also encouraged to bring and wear a helmet for the first few class sessions until a comfortable balance is established.
Bring lots of layers.
Comfort and moving freely about are essential for new skaters. Choose sweatpants or warm-up pants instead of bulkier snow pants. No heavy ski clothes as they prohibit movement and bending. Bring a jacket too, since indoor rinks do set thermostats at a brisk 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
Thin over thick. Bulkier, thicker socks limit support and movement and create unwanted bumps inside the boots. Go with lightweight socks or thinner tights.
Gloves are preferable to mittens as they provide articulation. Either way, mittens or gloves are suitable.