Bowdoin College Skating School


The Bowdoin College Skating School offers the Basic Skills Program designed by the United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA) for participants ages 3 to adult. The entire Basic Skills program is designed to be the best beginners ice skating program. The program has up to nine separate sets of curriculum, including programs that focus on choreography, synchronized skating, and hockey. If you're looking to learn how to skate, the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Program is your first step!

Changes & Cancellations

All schedule changes will be e-mailed to participants, including cancellations due to dangerous weather conditions. Classes are seldom canceled due to weather. We cannot guarantee that a make-up class will be offered.

Classes Offered (TBA)

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Clothing & Equipment

Please wear comfortable, non-bulky clothing. Layers are helpful to keep warm, but still allow for mobility. Figure Skaters should have single-blade skates only; no double runners or plastic skates. Hockey Skaters are required to wear hockey skates and helmets (a bike or ski helmet is OK.)


It is a requirement of the Bowdoin College Skating School that all skaters are covered by health insurance. No one is allowed to participate without insurance.


Classes take place at the Sidney J. Watson Ice Arena on the Bowdoin College campus. The address to the arena is 27 Watson Drive in Brunswick, ME.

Private, Semi-Private, and Booster Lessons

Please contact Linda Despres, Director of the Bowdoin College Skating School, at for more information.


No refunds will be given, except in the case of a documented medical condition, in which case the refund will be pro-rated accordingly. 

Schedule (TBA)

Fall '15 Saturday classes will begin in mid-October (the 'Late Starter' classes will begin in early-to-mid November) and will conclude in late December.  Winter '16 Saturday classes will begin in early-to-mid January and conclude in early-to-mid March. A full schedule and registration materials will be released in late August.

Skating School Staff

Director: Linda Despres; Assistant Directors: Theresa Houtman & Elaine Driscoll; Ice Coordinators: Tally Brown & Marie Dickson; Professionals: Shauna McLean, Kari McCarthy, Jean Calderwood, Teresa Henderson, Molly Perry, Chelsea Leeman & Kevin Calderwood; Junior Instructors: Fiona Hoang, Katie Kusturin, Cecelia Kusturin & Sophie Calderwood

The Skating Club of Brunswick Ice Show

At the end of the skating season, the Skating Club of Brunswick produces an ice show held at Watson Ice Arena. Skaters in the Bowdoin College Skating School--Basic Skills 5 and higher--will be invited to participate in the show. Information on costume cost and rehearsal times will be provided by the coaches later in the Fall session.


All participants in the Skating School program are required to register with the USFSA. There is an annual fee of $12.00, and the registration sheet is included with the Bowdoin College Skating School registration packet. If you have already paid this year's (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016) USFSA fee thru the Bowdoin Skating Club or any other skating club, you are not required to pay the fee again.