Summer Learn to Skate Program

Twin Rinks utilizes the Learn to Skate USA program, endorsed by US Figure Skating & USA Hockey, which was designed to serve the needs of both recreational and competitive skaters. The mission is to provide a fun and safe learning experience for beginners as well as more advanced skaters and to help those of all skill and age levels achieve their personal goals. This comprehensive goal-oriented program offers both skating fundamentals based classes such as Snowplow Sam, Basic Skills, Adult, and more.

The Twin Rinks Skating School program has been among the top 20 in the United States for two decades and is the largest in Fairfield County. The experience and skills of the coaches is unsurpassed in the area: the Twin Rinks program is the only Basic Skills program in which all of the coaches are fully certified by the US Figure Skating and the Professional Skaters Association, and has more experienced instructors than all other lower Fairfield County ice rinks combined.

The Twin Rinks difference

  • One of the largest U.S. Figure Skating® Learn To Skate USA programs in the U.S.
  • Taught by the only fully certified professional coaching staff in New England
  • Our value pricing includes 25 minutes of lesson from our Skating professionals, 25 minutes of supervised practice time & rental skates
  • Watch your child have fun, build confidence, and master new skills
  • Students mark progress with certificates every cycle.

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Description of Classes
Snowplow Sam 1-4 (ages 3 to 5)Youngsters have fun learning basic skating skills (including backward skating, one-foot glides, and curves) in an age-appropriate way before moving on to the Basic Skills curriculum or ice hockey classes.
Basic 1-6 (ages 6 to 12) Master basic through more difficult skills, learning correct technique and building confidence.

Looking for Summer Hockey Camps & Clinics, check out our Hockey Summer programs.

Schedule of Classes
SUMMER SESSION #1: July 8th through August 2
SUMMER SESSION #2: August 5 through August 30
DayTimeClasses offeredCost
Monday, Wednesday & Friday9 am to 9:50 amSnowplow Sam & Basic $250
Monday, Wednesday & Friday12:55 pm to 1:45 pmSnowplow Sam & Basic$250
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday9 am to 9:50 amSnowplow Sam & Basic$250
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday12:55 pm to 1:45 pmSnowplow Sam & Basic$250

Students must pay a $17 annual membership fee for U.S. Figure Skating’s LEARN TO SKATE USA® program. Click here for more information about this internationally recognized skating curriculum.


Safety is a priority for us, so here are some clothing requirements and suggestions for skating classes at Twin Rinks.

  • Warm, comfortable clothes that allow for easy movement are best for skating classes. Layering will help a skater stay warm and adjust if they work up a sweat.
  • Helmets are required for all Snowplow Sam, Basic 1-3 through age 9, and Adult beginner students. Any well-fitting helmet is acceptable. For safety and protection, hockey helmets with face mask are best, especially for the youngest skaters; skating and ski helmets are very good; and bike helmets are adequate.
  • Gloves or mittens are required for all students age 17 and under, and strongly recommended for adults. They provide both warmth and safety.
  • Snow pants, long pants, athletic pants, leggings, or tights (with skating dress, skirt, or leotard).  For safety and ease of movement, pants should not fall below the heel of the skate or drag on the ground. Young children often prefer snow pants, which make them feel padded and dry. Shorts are not permitted unless worn over tights or leggings.
  • Thin- to medium-weight high socks or tights. Skates should fit snugly, so thick socks are not recommended. Socks should come up higher than the top of the skate boot, to prevent the skate from rubbing against the leg. Tights are a great choice for girls, either under pants or with a skating dress, skirt, or leotard.
  • Jacket, fleece, sweater, sweatshirt, and/or long sleeve shirt. Think layers! Skaters can always remove a layer if they are too warm during class or practice time.

Check out Wesco Sports Center at Twin Rinks for a great selection of recreational, hockey, and figure skating equipment and apparel.

  • Arrive 30 minutes early on your very first day to settle into your space and navigate our registration table, skate rental counter, etc.
  • Check-in at the Learn to skate table at the front entrance to receive your name badge for class.
  • Pick up skates at Skate counter, just right of the main entrance.
  • Head to the rink & find your coaches. High-fives are always encouraged!
  • We understand that conflicts may arise during each cycle. Unfortunately, we cannot offer make-up classes.
  • Twin Rinks reserves the right to combine classes.
  • Twin Rinks reserves the right to reschedule, change or cancel classes due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • After we register you with Learn to Skate USA, you will receive a sticker book in the mail that guides you through all the skills and levels your skater will be learning so you can engage in conversation with your skater and ask them about the skills they worked on in class each week.
  • Our coaches are available during free time to discuss your skater’s needs and to answer any questions you may have. Let them know before class when you drop your skater off rink side, and they can meet you during free time.
  • Looking for other opportunities for your little one(s) to skate? Ask our staff about public skating, clinics, leagues & private lessons.