Group Lesson Payment and Refund Policy
Group Lesson Make-Up Policy
Fairfax Ice Arena posts weather cancellations on the top of the home page of our website, and on our Facebook and Instagram. If you would rather not attend class regardless of whether we cancel classes, refer to our group lesson policies on make-up.
Fairfax Ice Arena does NOT follow county public school or local federal office weather cancellations or holidays.
Group Lesson Holiday
Group lesson holidays are dates when group lesson will not be held. These dates are built into the schedule of group lessons and does not affect the number of classes for your class series. These holiday dates are posted on our website, at the rink through-out the lobby and at the lesson office. Also, students are reminded about holidays during class.
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What do I do on the first day of my group lessons?
Arrive 15-20 minutes before your scheduled group lesson. When you arrive, check-in at the lessons office located in the lobby area.
Parents, guardians and caretakers of new students must attend an orientation. The orientation will be held in the lobby during the first 10-15 minutes of the students' first day of class and will go over important information.
For your second class and the rest of your classes, students should proceed to get their skate on and meet their coach on the ice.
What should I wear to class?
Wear clothing that will keep you warm and dry, and is easy to move in. Wear thin or medium weight long socks, gloves and a jacket. Dressing in layers is recommended.
Helmets and protective gear is strongly recommended for beginner skaters of all ages. We have free helmet rentals available at the skate rental desk for all ages. Students may bring their own bicycle, snowboard or ski helmets that are round in the back. Knee and elbow pads without an outer plastic shell, and padded shorts are recommended. Beginner level students can expect to be sitting and kneeling on the ice, and touching the ice.
What is included with the group lessons?
Depending on your skating level, classes consist of 7 or 10 30-minute lessons once a week, skate rental, 7 or 10 practice sessions which are public skate session admissions and skate rental; and a test on the last day of your class.
Do I need my own ice skates?
Skate rentals are included and will be available to registered group lesson skaters to wear during class time.
Parents/skaters can get skates at the skate rental desk. Let the staff at the skate rental counter know your shoe size. We encourage parents and guardians to know skate fit and how to properly tie their student's skates.
When are group lessons held?
We offer group lessons on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays during our Fall, Winter and Spring seasons. During our Summer season, we offer group lessons on Monday, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Hockey clinic classes are held on Sundays.
Each series of group lesson and hockey clinic is held once a week during the specific day and time with a starting and an end date.
The schedule for available upcoming group lessons are online.
What level should I sign-up for?
Group lessons are divided into age groups (4–6 year olds, 7–13 year olds, and 14 & up) and levels. Levels begin at Tot 1 and 2 for ages 4–6, and Pre Alpha for ages 7–13, and 14 & up. Beginner levels are recommended for individuals who have had little to no professional instruction.
If you are not a beginner and are unsure of which level to register for, please contact us.
How do I know if I graduated a level and what level I should go to next?
Students receive a test on the last day of their group lesson series. Each student receives a graded test sheet where the coach makes a recommendation for the next group lesson level to register for.
Students in our freestyle group lessons are tested for the maneuvers section only and can register for the next level without the program section of the test. However, you cannot purchase your ISI freestyle badge until you complete a solo program. During the class, ask your instructor for more information on how you can be tested for the solo program portion of your freestyle level test.
If you have completed skating lessons at another ice rink and are unsure which level to register for with our group lessons, please contact the Lesson Office at (703) 323-1132 Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m
What do the skaters learn?
Skaters will learn the skills and maneuvers of the level they are registered for. On the last day of camp, skaters will be evaluated for their level and their coach will make recommendations on their next class level.
View the skills and maneuvers of levels (PF).
How can I help my skater learn?
Parents are encouraged to:
Can I stay to watch my skater?
Parents and guardians are welcome to watch their skaters during group lessons. We do ask that you do not disturb the group lesson, skaters, coaches and staff on and off the ice while group lessons are in session.
How many times should students practice?
We recommend that students practice on the ice at least once or twice a week and off the ice daily. Parents can speak to the instructor directly before or after class for any practice recommendations.
What are practice sessions / practice card and how do I use it?
Practice sessions / practice card are public session admissions and skate rentals for the skater currently registered for group lessons. It is included with the purchase of your group lesson ( i.e. a 7 week program receives 7 public session admissions and skate rentals).
The Lessons Office issues a card of practice sessions to current students on their first day of lessons. Your card can be picked up at the Lessons Office at the earliest 15 minutes before your first day of class. The card is valid for use only by the student whose name is noted on the card. The student's practice card expires on the last day of class which is also noted on the card. Students and parents / guardians of students are responsible for their practice cards. Fairfax Ice Arena is not responsible for forgotten, unused, lost, stolen or damaged practice cards.
To use your practice session card you must present your card to the Box Office and present it to the skate rental counter to claim your rental skate.
I forgot my practice session card, can I still skate the public session?
The Box Office administers public session admissions and skate rental. If you do not have your practice card to present to the Box Office, you must pay for admission and skate rental to skate the public session. The sale is final and no refund for the paid admission and skate rental will be issued at a later time in exchange to mark your card. Fairfax Ice Arena is not responsible for forgotten, unused, lost, stolen or damaged practice cards.
I have used up all my practice session card and my class isn't over, but I want to skate a public session.
If you have used up your practice card and would like to attend more public skate sessions, you must pay for public session admission and skate rental. You may also purchase our discount skating card at the box office during public skate hours. The discount skating card is good to use for 10 admissions at any of our public skating sessions. The discount skating card does not include skate rental cost.
I have lost my practice session card. Can I get a new one?
Students and parents / guardians of students are responsible for their practice session cards. Fairfax Ice Arena is not responsible for forgotten, unused, lost, stolen or damaged practice cards. To attend public skate sessions, you must pay for public session admission and skate rental. You may also purchase our discount skating card at the box office during public skate hours. The discount skating card is good to use for 10 admissions at any of our public skating sessions. The discount skating card does not include skate rental cost.
My practice card has expired, but I have unused practices on my practice card. Can I use the unused practices?
The practices must be used before your last day of class when your practice card expires. That date is noted on the practice card. Unused practices cannot be honored past the expiration date. Fairfax Ice Arena is not responsible for forgotten, unused, lost, stolen or damaged practice cards.
Can you extend the expiration date on my practice card?
We do not extend the expiration dates of practice cards. Fairfax Ice Arena is not responsible for forgotten, unused, lost, stolen or damaged practice cards.
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The application for our annual Spring I.S.I. Competition is now available at the lesson office.