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Skating Academy

Want to learn how to ice skate?
You're in the right place!


Vacaville Ice Sports offers skating lessons for ALL ages & abilities, from tiny tots to adults. Our Skating Academy is designed to take a student step by step from very basic skating skills to an advanced competitive level. Group lessons are taught by our highly qualified coaching staff with an excellent student-teacher ratio. Skate rental is always included.

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COST & WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Group lessons are taught by our highly qualified coaching staff with an excellent student-teacher ratio.

  • Skate rental is included for every session.

  • Classes are 30* minutes in length, once per week.

  • 6* public skate passes are included

  • We are ALWAYS accepting new students!

Full 8-week semesters are $176* (or $12.50* per class)

  • Full semester sign-ups are welcome until week 4 of each semester.

  • Cost will be automatically pro-rated in the shopping cart.

  • Want to join in after week 4? Can't commit to the full 8 weeks? No problem! Just select the drop-in option.

*Class length, number of weeks, public skate passes, and cost will vary for the class selected.

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REGISTRATION

  • All registrations require a DaySmart Recreation account (even in-person drop-ins at the door!).

  • Classes are offered in 8-week semesters approximately:
    Jan-Feb / Mar-April / May-June / July-Aug / Aug-Sept / Oct-Nov
    Please check the website regularly for specific semester dates.

  • Can't commit to the full semester? No problem! Just select the drop-in option on the dates that work for you.

*Please note, you must be 18 years of age or older to create a DaySmart account. Parents/Guardians should add their child to their account under "Add Family Member".

*Registration for full semester is only open until week 4 of current semester.

WHAT TO WEAR

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  • Warm clothing, jackets, and long pants that allow movement. Bring layers in case your child gets warm or cold.

  • Helmets are not required but are strongly encouraged, especially for children under 6 years old. A simple bike helmet is perfect! Please note, we do not provide helmets.

  • Gloves! Hands tend to get very cold.

  • Crash pads if your child is sensitive to falls.

  • Skill badges. During your first or second class, your child should receive a skill badge. Please be sure to wear this to every class! This is how instructors track their progress and how the child will receive stickers for a job well done!

Our Classes
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BEGINNER AGE 5 & UNDER (TOT)

This class is specially designed for our littlest adventurers who are eager to take their first steps on the ice.

We understand that young children may feel a bit apprehensive at first, so our instructors are trained to create a fun and engaging atmosphere to help them feel comfortable on the ice. We also allow one parent or guardian to join them in the class free of charge! A familiar face can sometimes make all the difference.

During the class, your child will learn fundamental skills such as balance, coordination, and proper technique. Our instructors will use age-appropriate teaching methods and interactive games to make the learning process enjoyable and effective.

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BEGINNER AGE 6 & UP (PRE-ALPHA)

This class is designed to introduce skaters to the exciting world of ice skating and help them develop a strong foundation in basic skating skills.

During the class, your child will learn essential skills such as balance, proper technique, and basic maneuvers on the ice. Our instructors will use a combination of drills, games, and exercises to make the learning process engaging and enjoyable.

Whether your child dreams of becoming a competitive figure skater or simply wants to enjoy recreational ice skating, this class will provide them with a solid foundation to pursue their goals. They will gain confidence, improve their coordination, and develop a love for this graceful and exciting sport.

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INTRO TO HOCKEY

This class is designed for individuals who are new to the exciting world of ice hockey and are eager to learn the fundamentals of the sport.

In this class, our experienced instructors will guide you through the basics of ice hockey in a safe and supportive environment. Whether you have never stepped foot on the ice before or have limited experience, our instructors will ensure that you feel comfortable and confident as you learn the most essential skill of the game; SKATING!

Whether you aspire to join a recreational league, play with friends, or simply want to improve your skills, this class will provide you with a solid foundation in skating skills. Our instructors are dedicated to helping you develop your abilities while fostering a love for the game.

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ADULT SKILLS
AGES 16+

In this class, our experienced instructors will focus on teaching and refining the fundamental techniques of ice skating. From proper balance and edge control to turns and stops, our instructors will provide step-by-step guidance to help you develop a strong foundation.

We understand that adult learners have unique needs and goals, which is why our instructors tailor the class to accommodate different skill levels. Whether you're a beginner looking to gain confidence on the ice or an intermediate skater aiming to refine your technique, our instructors will provide personalized instruction to meet your specific needs.

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ALPHA, BETA, GAMMA, DELTA

At Vacaville Ice Sports, we follow the ISI (Ice Sports Industry) standards of testing and skill level advancement. Skaters in these levels will continue working on their skating skills with a focus on crossovers, backward skating, edge work, different stopping techniques, and more!

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ADVANCED FREESTYLE 1-6

At Vacaville Ice Sports, we follow the ISI (Ice Sports Industry) standards of testing and skill level advancement. Skaters in these levels will begin working on jumps, spins and additional advanced maneuvers such as lunges, bunny hops, spirals and more!

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Specialty Classes
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COMPETITION CLASS

Are you ready to shine on the ice? Our Competition Class is perfect for anyone interested in competing and taking part in an exciting country-themed group performance! Just like last year's amazing team (see the photo above for their fantastic moment at Cowtown Classic), you too can experience the thrill of performing! Open to all ages and skill levels, this class offers:

  • 30 minutes of ice time every Saturday from 8:30 - 9am

  • Professional instruction

  • Rental skates (if needed)

  • ISI membership

  • Competition entry fee

Classes start on 6/29, leading up to your moment in the spotlight at the Cowtown Classic on 8/18

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GENERAL DANCE DEVELOPMENT (BEGINNER- ALL AGES)

Explore the foundational elements of dance, focusing on ballet, body movements, musical expression, and interpretation. Designed for newcomers, this class introduces fundamental ballet techniques, improves body awareness, flexibility, and coordination, and enhances musicality by connecting deeply with different musical genres. Through engaging exercises and creative sessions, you'll develop a strong dance foundation, express emotions through movement, and boost your physical fitness. Join us and discover the joy of dance!

Starting on 6/25: Weekly on Tuesdays at 4:00 - 4:30 PM. Drop-Ins are available. 

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RHYTHMIC CLASS

Unleash your artistic expression on ice! Dive into the world of rhythmic skating, focusing on the enchanting ribbon. Spin, jump, and glide in this fun-filled workshop!

Starting on 6/25: Weekly on Saturdays at 10:05 - 10:35 AM. Full semester registration only - no drop-ins.

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ADVANCED AXEL CLASS

Are you starting to work on your axel jump? This is an advanced specialty class for anyone starting to or continuing to work on axels. Must be at least freestyle 3 group class level or a USFS member. Students will work with high level coaches on and off the harness to improve their overall jump skills.

Starting on 6/25 - 8/13: Weekly on Tuesdays at 5:30 - 6:00 PM. Drop-Ins Available. 

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FIGURE POWER SKATING
(SUMMER SPECIALTY)

Develop your skating skills, endurance, speed, and power as a figure skater in this dynamic class. You'll focus on mastering edges, executing quick turns, performing power pulls, lunges, squats, crossovers, and engaging in forward and backward drills.

Starting on 6/10 until 7/29: Weekly on Mondays at 10:30 - 11:15 AM. Drop-Ins Available. 

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ADULT EDGE & FLOW (SUMMER SPECIALTY)

Adult figure skaters (ages 16+) will master proper body positioning, edge control, and rhythm, crucial for enhancing overall performance and fluidity. These skills are vital for executing complex jumps, spins, and transitions with grace and precision. 

Starting on 6/28 until 8/2: Weekly on Fridays at 6:00 - 6:45 PM. Drop-Ins Available. 

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SKATE SCHOOL OPEN PRACTICE

Skate school open practice offers 30 minutes of ice time for our skate school kids to independently work on their skills. During this time, skaters can also take private lessons with one of our professional coaches.​

Saturdays at 8:30 - 9:00 AM

Other Offerings

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TEAM SPORTS

Become a member of a team and make new friends by joining in on Theatre on Ice and Synchronized Figure Skating today!

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COMPETITIONS & SHOWS

Have you or your child ever dreamed of wearing your favorite costume, skating to your favorite song, and receiving a huge applause from family and friends? Make this dream a reality! Competitions and shows for ALL ages and ALL abilities.

Learn More >

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SKATE CAMPS

Looking for something to keep your kiddos busy when they are out of school? Look no further than our fantastic lineup of ice skating camps at Vacaville Ice! From Thanksgiving Break to Summer Break, we've got the coolest experiences lined up to keep your kids ages 4-12 active, engaged, and having a blast!

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Questions?

Hi! I'm Danielle Skinner, Figure Skating Director at Vacaville Ice Sports

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