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.


Our program is designed to be the best beginners ice skating program. The curriculum offers programs for skaters of all ages and abilities, including programs that focus mastering basic skating skills as well as programs that focus on choreography, synchronized skating, and hockey. If you're looking to learn how to skate or to improve upon the skills you already have, the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Program is your first step!






Bowdoin College Skating School will not take place this 2020/2021 season.


If you wish to be added to our e-mail list or have any questions, please contact us at or at 207-725-3433.

Classes Offered:


Clothing and 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, & 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.

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. Some skaters in the Bowdoin College Skating School 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.

Learn to Skate USA
Please visit to complete this REQUIRED enrollment. With your annual fee of $16.00 (plus processing fees) you will be a member of the best skating program endorsed by U.S. Figure Skating, USA Hockey, and US Speedskating; gain great information to make sure your first glides on ice are successful ones; receive a welcome packet in the mail; receive secondary sport accident insurance; and participate in lessons, performances, competitions, and all activities associated with Learn to Skate USA.

Changes and 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.