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

Adult Lessons (Basic Skills & Hockey)

Adult Basic Skills are designed for adult beginners and advanced skaters to promote physical fitness and to improve balance and coordination. Basic skills, free skate, and ice dancing are instructed in a group setting.

Adult Hockey is designed to teach adults the fundamentals of hockey skating at the beginner or intermediate level.


Advanced Basics

The Advanced Basics classes are designed to meet competitive skating requirements. Students may participate in this program only after passing Basic 8. Students new to the program will be required to demonstrate satisfactory Basic 8 skills before being permitted to participate in Advanced Basics.

Basic Skills (Ages 6-18)

Basic skills are the fundamentals of the sport. The eight levels of the program introduce the fundamental moves: forward skating, backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers, turns, and mohawks. Students progress through the levels at their own pace. (Basic 1 is for skaters who have never had a formal lesson.)

Hockey Skating 101 (Ages 4 and up)

Hockey 101 introduces the fundamental skills and basic knowledge of hockey skating to children. Early exposure to hockey fundamentals will allow time for skaters to develop skills such as balance, stopping, gliding, and backwards skating. No experience is necessary!

Snowplow Sam (Ages 3, 4, 5)

Snowplow Sam introduces the fundamental skills of ice-skating to preschool children. This class helps to develop the coordination and strength necessary to maneuver on the ice. This class allows ample time for these young skaters to develop a feel for being on the ice, and builds their confidence in skating. Skaters must be at least 3 years of age by October '15.

Tricks & Turns

In this add-on class, skaters will work on hops, shoot the duck, forward and back lunges, knee slides, stags, falling leaves, swizzles and twizzles, basic toe, and edge turns. Participants should be at the Basic 3 level to participate in this class.