Learn to Skate Program

Sprinker Recreation Center
14824 "C" Street S, Tacoma, WA 98444 (map)

General Information

As a member of the Ice Sports Industry’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:

Janice Forbes - Figure Skating Program Coordinator
Stephanie Burgess, Brooke Bowman, Jessica Leatham, Jordan Lee, Lisa Martin, Stacey Norris, Glenn Patterson,Sue Ellen Quick, Jennifer Rubin, Heidi Sullivan, and Natalie Thompson.

"Every Olympic Dream Begins with a First Lesson"

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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, Beginning Freestyle 4 and Specialty Classes.

Program Fee:

$90.00 - 9 wks for current ISI members
$80.00 - 8 wks for current ISI members
$70.00 - 7 wks for current ISI members

$15.00 Required ISI 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 9 week lesson period. At the end of the 9 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:
ISI membership is 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 and Session Dates

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.

Seasonal Class Sessions:

The Learn-To-Skate is a series of 7, 8, or 9 one-half hour lessons for children and adults. There are five sessions per year:

  • Session 1 - Fall: September-November. Registration opens during the Summer Session.
  • Session 2 - Early Winter: November-January. Registration open during the Fall Session
  • Session 3 - Late Winter: February -April. Registration opens during the Early Winter Session
  • Session 4 - Spring: April-June. Registrations opens during the Late Winter Session.
  • Session 5 - Summer: June-August. Registrations opens during the Spring Session.
  1. Session 3
  2. Session 4
  3. Session 5

Session 3: Jan. 11-Mar. 26, 2020

Registration Day Dates No Class Dates
Accepted Nov. 16 Sat   Jan. 11-Mar. 14 No class Jan. 18
Accepted Dec. 10 Mon (8 wks) Feb. 3-Mar. 23  
  Wed (8 wks) Feb. 5-Mar. 25  
  Thur (8 wks) Feb. 6-Mar. 26  
Learn-To-Skate Lesson Schedule

Learn-To-Skate is a series of 9 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 Thursday Saturday
PreSkate 1-4    5:30-6:00 PM 10:00-10:30 AM 10:45-11:15 AM
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Ages 7-Adult
Monday Wednesday Thursday Saturday
Beginning 1
5:30-6:00 PM
5:30-6:00 PM
10:00-10:30 AM
10:45-11:15 AM
Beg. 2, Pre-Alpha
5:30-6:00 PM
5:30-6:00 PM 10:00-10:30 AM
10:45-11:15 AM
Alpha & Beta
6:00-6:30 PM
6:00-6:30 PM
10:00-10:30 AM 11:15-11:45 AM
Gamma & Delta
6:00-6:30 PM 
6:00-6:30 PM 
10:00-10:30 AM 11:15-11:45 AM
Beg. Freestyle, Freestyle 1
6:00-6:30 PM 
5:30-6:00 PM
9:30-10: 30 AM*
11:15-11:45 AM
Freestyle 2, Free Style 3
NA 5:30-6:00 PM  9:30-10: 30 AM* NA
Beg. Freestyle 4
NA 5:30-6:00 PM
9:30-10: 30 AM* NA
      *Summer
Session only
 

Class Times:

All classes are 30 minutes in length. Class times are subject to change based on enrollment and reassigned on the first day of class. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your class time for possible changes and to pick up attendance punch cards. Skaters should be ready to go with skates on 5 minutes prior to the start of class.

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.

Skating Attire:

  • PreSkate and beginning skaters are encouraged to wear an All-Sport Safety helmet.  Skaters should wear gloves and warm layered clothing is recommended for all levels.
  • Freestyle 1-4 skaters should wear athletic related attire. Hair should be pulled back away from the face.  Figure Skates are recommended for this level but not required.    

Program Contact:

Janice Forbes, Figure Skating Program Coordinator
(253) 798-4045  |  email