Basic Skills

Basic Skills forms a strong foundation for skaters to explore the world of skating. Each level introduces new skills and techniques, encouraging skaters to advance while having fun in a healthy and social environment.


Basic Skills 1

Basic Skills 1
  • Sit on ice and stand up
  • March forward across the ice
  • Forward two-foot glide
  • Dip
  • Forward swizzles — 6–8 in a row
  • Backward wiggles — 6–8 in a row
  • Beginning snowplow stop on two feet or one foot
  • Bonus skill: Two-foot hop in place

Basic Skills 2

Basic Skills 2
  • Scooter pushes — R and L
  • Forward one-foot glides — R and L
  • Backward two-foot glide — Glide the length of skater’s height
  • Rocking Horse (one forward swizzle, one backward swizzle) — Repeat twice
  • Backward swizzles — 6–8 in a row
  • Two-foot turns from forward to backward in place — clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Moving snowplow stop
  • Bonus skill: Curves

Basic Skills 3

Basic Skills 3
  • Beginning forward stroking showing correct use of blade
  • Forward half swizzle pumps on a circle — 6–8 consecutive clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Moving forward to backward two- foot turns on a circle — clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Beginning backward one-foot glides — focus on balance
  • Backward snowplow stop — R and L
  • Forward slalom
  • Bonus skill: Forward pivots – clockwise and counterclockwise

Basic Skills 4

Basic Skills 4
  • Forward outside edge on a circle — R and L
  • Forward inside edge on a circle — R and L
  • Forward crossovers — clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Backward half swizzle pumps on a circle — clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Backward one-foot glides — R and L
  • Beginning two-foot spin — Up to two revolutions
  • Bonus skill: Forward lunges — both legs

Basic Skills 5

Basic Skills 5
  • Backward outside edge on a circle — R and L
  • Backward inside edge on a circle — R and L
  • Backward crossovers — clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Forward outside three-turn — R and L
  • Advanced two-foot spin — 4–6
  • Hockey stop — both directions
  • Bonus skill: Side toe hop — R and L

Basic Skills 6

Basic Skills 1
  • Forward inside three-turn — R and L
  • Moving backward to forward two- foot turn on a circle — clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Backward stroking
  • Beginning one-foot spin — 2–4 revolutions, optional free leg position and entry
  • T-stops – R and L
  • Bunny hop
  • Forward spiral on a straight line — R or L
  • Bonus skill: Shoot the duck — R or L