Ice Skating Lessons
Troubh Ice Arena “NO TOUCH POLICY”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and per the Maine CDC 6-foot rule, for the health and safety of TIA staff and skaters, TIA has set in place a “No Touch Policy”. In order to stay in compliance with this policy, staff will ONLY assist skaters who are unable to rise unassisted due to injury. For this reason, skaters must have some on-ice skating experience.
*Please note: at this time the William B Troubh Ice Arena's skating lesson program welcomes all ages from 6 years to adult*
- Basic skills instruction enables students to pursue interests in figure skating, hockey, recreational, or speed skating.
- Each weekly session generally consists of a 25 minute lesson and a 25 minute practice. (The exception is for children ages 4-5 who are taught in a 30 minute format).
- Instructors are all experienced professionals or qualified amateur ice skaters.
- Skates are available free of charge during lessons.
What is ISI?
The Ice Sports Industry (ISI) is an international organization dedicated to the advancement of recreational ice skating. More than 40,000 individual members and 3,500 instructor members are currently registered through 655 member facilities in the USA! A meticulously crafted badge program provides instructors with a system of evaluation and encouragement. ISI encourages a lifelong participation in the great sport of ice skating!
Pre-Alpha, Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta
These are badge levels designated by Ice Skating Institute and are
strictly adhered to in our system. Skaters are constantly evaluated and tested at appropriate intervals. Skaters receive a patch and certificate of recognition for each level attained. Once the Delta level is passed; students may participate in a group Freestyle class.
Hockey Skating Skills
Skaters are introduced to balance, flow, agility, speed, and correct skating technique. Introduction will include stick handling (no pucks). Hockey skates, sticks, and helmets with a facemask are required. Skaters with no ice skating experience MUST enroll in Intro/Pre-Alpha. Skaters with rudimentary forward crossovers and LOWER skills are Intro/Level I. Skaters able to execute forward crossovers and higher skills are classified as advanced (level II and III)
Badge levels are designated by ISI and are strictly adhered to in our system. Skaters are constantly evaluated during the session and tested at appropriate levels.
Open Freestyle Practice
Offered to any participant currently enrolled at Gamma level or higher. This is also a good time to practice and/or receive a private lesson.*
Adults are those 16 years and older and are encouraged to enroll in our Sunday afternoon/evening classes. Adult dance is available for Gamma and higher levels.
Ice dancing combines the discipline of basic skating skills with the rhythmic expression of ballroom dancing and can be performed and enjoyed by skaters of all ages. Our group instruction is aimed at the beginner dancer, familiar with no more than the first six dances in the USFSA test structure.
Should you desire a private lesson for any level skater, speak to the professional of your choice directly or Email Skating Director Lynda Hathaway for general guidelines. Time for lessons and costs are determined with the assistance of the professional giving the lesson.