Group lessons are an effective and economical way to learn fundamentals. We offer something for everyone. Children four-years-old to adult—beginner, figure skater, or hockey player—we have a class for you.
About Our Program
The Reston Skating Academy is proud to be a registered US Figure Skating Learn to Skate USA program. This exciting program consists of Snowplow Sam, Basic Skills, Figure Skating, and Hockey class curriculums. Upon completion of each level, the skater should be equipped with the necessary knowledge and technique to advance to the next level.
Learn to Skate Series Dates
June – August 2022 Schedule is now Available!
Dates are subject to change without notice.
Schedules will be available approximately 2 weeks before classes begin.
What class do I sign up for?
Beginning skaters ages 4–6 should sign up for Snowplow Sam 1.
Beginning skaters ages 6 1/2 should sign up for Basic 1.
Beginning skaters ages 14+ should sign up for Adult Beginner.
Have some skating experience? Check out the Snowplow Sam, Basic Skills, and Free Skate Curriculum to find the right class for you! Adult Intermediate (Basic 2-3) and Advanced (Basic 4+) Classes are also available!
How do I enroll?
You can view the current schedule and enroll online on our Registration Page.
- If you are currently enrolled in classes wait until you have received the evaluation from your instructor. There is a reenrollment discount available on your last day of class ONLY!
Inclement weather policy
Learn to Skate cancellations will be posted on our website 2 hours before the first class of the day is scheduled to begin.
SkateQuest does NOT follow Fairfax Count Public Schools’ cancellations or delays.
What should I wear?
- Warm clothes that allow for movement.
- Helmets are strongly recommended for all beginner skaters and children six-years old and under.* A helmet should be both comfortable and snug. Be sure that it is level on your head. It should not move in any direction. The chin strap should be securely buckled so that the helmet does not move or fall off. Helmets are not available for rental.
*Hockey gloves and helmets with cages are required for all hockey classes.
How to properly tie skates
- Loosen the laces so that your foot can slide in easily.
- Begin pulling the laces tight, but not so tight that you cannot move your toes.
- Pull tightest at your ankle joint (where the eyelets begin).
- Crisscross the laces up the eyelets and tighten.
- Extra lace should go around the eyelets again, not around the back of the skate.
- If possible, double knot the laces.
- When you are done, you should be able to deeply ben your knees comfortably.
First day of class
- Arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of your class.
- If you have signed up over the phone or online, check-in at the front desk to receive your Learn to Skate Practice Pass.
- Pick up skates from the rental counter if needed and lace them up (see instructions for how to properly tie skates).
- Find the student’s name on the rosters located by each of the entrances to the ice. There you will find
- The name of the class
- The time of the class
- The instructor’s name
- The location of the ice of the class you are registered for
- Skaters enrolled in Snowplow Sam or Basic 1 will meet off the ice first for a safety talk. Listen to announcements to find out where your class will meet.
Last day of class
Students will be tested on the skills they learned during the series of lessons on the last day of class. Based on their evaluation, instructors will make a class recommendation for each student for the next series of lessons.