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Skate LessonsGeneral Information

As a member of the Ice Skating Institute’s weSKATE program, our basic skills classes are designed for the recreational skater with teaching, testing, and award ribbons/patches available for different levels of achievement in basic skills and freestyle.

Skate Instructors:
Sprinker Recreation Center proudly staff some of the most highly-qualified ice skating professionals:

Kathy Wainhouse, Skating Director, Janice Forbes, ISI Coordinator, Brooke Bowman, Stephanie Burgess, Jordan Lee, Lisa Martin, Stacey Norris, Glenn Patterson, Mikaela Randolph, Jennifer Rubin, SueEllen Quick, and Heidi Sullivan.

Levels of Instruction Include:
PreSkate 1, 2, 3 & 4, Beginning 1 & 2, PreAlpha, Alpha 1 & 2, Beta 1 & 2, Gamma 1 & 2, Delta 1 & 2, Beginning Freestyle, Freestyle 1, 2, & 3, and Specialty Classes.

Program Fee:
$76.00 8 wks for current ISI members
$66.50 7 wks for current ISI members
$15.00 Required ISI weSkate Membership*

The program cost includes admission to the public session (on day of lesson only), skate rental, instructional fee, testing fee, ribbon or patch, and a pass good for two complimentary admissions to any regular price public skating session held during the 8 week lesson period.  At the end of the 7 or 8 week session, skaters will be tested and may earn a ribbon/patch before advancing to the next level.  All-sports helmets or bike helmets are recommended for all PreSkate and Beginning skaters.

*ISI Membership:
Required for ALL Learn-To-Skate participants. Membership card or number is required at the time of registration: $15 membership September 1-August 31.

Registration Information: 
Register at Sprinker Recreation Center in person, by phone 253-798-4000 (with Visa or Mastercard) or online. REGISTER HERE
  • Beginning skaters should register for Beginning 1 classes. PreSkate and Beginning skaters will meet the instructor off the ice (with skates on) at the start of class for weeks 1 & 2. Skaters are evaluated during the first 2 weeks and placed in the appropriate class level. 
  • Returning Skaters - It is recommended that returning skaters wait to register after their skills test on the last day of class. Pre-Registration is required. There must be at least 6 skaters in order to hold a class, otherwise the class will be cancelled or combined with other levels when possible. 
Registration and Class Dates:
March 1-June18 ARENA SCHEDULE 
 Session Session Dates 
Session 3
Nov. 30 
Mon Jan 23-March 13  No missed dates 
Wed  Jan 25-March 15  No missed dates
Thurs  Jan 26-March 16 No missed dates
Sat Jan 21-March 11 No missed dates
 Session 4
Feb. 8
Mon March 20-May 22 No class April 3, 10 
Wed March 22-May 24 No class April 5, 12
Thurs March 23-May 25 No class April 6, 13
Sat March 18-June 3 No class April 8, 15, May 20, 27

Learn-To-Skate Lesson Schedule
The Learn-To-Skate is a series of 7 or 8 one-half hour lessons for children and adults. One make up class is permitted depending on availability with ISI Program Director approval.
Ages 4-6
Monday  Wednesday Thursday  Saturday
PreSkate 1, 2, 3, 4 5:30-6 PM  N/A 10-10:30 AM 10:45-11:15

Ages 7-UP
Monday Wednesday Thursday  Saturday
Beginning 1 5:30-6 PM 5:30-6 PM 10-10:30 AM 10:45-11:15
Beg 2 & Pre-Alpha 5:30-6 PM 6-6:30 PM  10-10:30 AM  10:45-11:15
Alpha & Beta 6-6:30 PM 6-6:30 PM 10-10:30 AM  11:15-11:45
Gamma & Delta 6-6:30 PM   6-6:30 PM   10-10:30 AM  11:15-11:45
FS 1 & BEG FS 6-6:30 PM   5:30-6 PM  N/A   10-10:30 AM
FS 2 & 3  N/A 5:30-6 PM  N/A 10-10:30 AM
FS 4 & BEG FS 4  N/A 5:30-6 PM N/A  10-10:30 AM
*Saturday class time may be moved to 11:15am based on enrollment.

Class Times:
Class times are subject to change based on enrollment and reassigned on the first day of class. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your class time for possible changes and to pick up an attendance card

Limited Class Space:
Class enrollment is limited and determined on a first come first served basis. Sprinker prefers to limit enrollment to 12 students per class (9 for PreSkate 1 classes) whenever possible. Similar class levels may be combined to avoid canceling classes with low attendance.

Contact Us
Kyle Wintermute
Sprinker Recreation Center Manager

Sprinker Recreation Center
14824 C Street South
Tacoma, WA 98444 

Ph: (253) 798-4000

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