What do I do on the first day of group lessons?
We recommend getting to the ice rink at least 15-20 minutes before your scheduled group lesson. When you arrive, check-in at the lessons office to receive your name tag and where to meet your coach in the lobby. Then get your skate rental and helmets at the skate rental counter.
We ask that parents, especially parents of young, beginner level skaters, to stay in the lobby for at least the first 10 minutes of the class for an orientation with our staff to go over proper skate fit, group lessons, practice sessions and more. We ask for no interruption of group lessons, coaches and students.
For the second class on, students should proceed to get their skate rentals and helmet from the skate rental counter and meet their coach on the ice.
What should I wear to class?
Wear a face mask, warm, comfortable clothing, thin or medium weight long socks that goes past your ankles, gloves and a jacket. Dressing in layers is recommended. We have helmets available at the skate rental desk, but students may bring their own helmets. Knee and elbow pads without an outer plastic shell is recommended.
What is included with the group lessons?
Depending on your skating level, classes consist of 7 or 10 30-minute lessons, 7 or 10 practice sessions good at any of our public skate sessions and skate rental for your lessons and practice sessions.
When are group lessons held?
Group lessons are held Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays. Hockey clinic classes are held on Sundays. Create a new account and login to view the current lessons schedule and register.
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 1/2 for ages 4–6, and Prealpha for ages 7–13, and 14 & up, and are recommended for skaters who have not had any group or private lessons. If you 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 at the end of each group lesson series. Each student receives a graded test sheet and ISI badges are available for an additional fee.
Many students have completed the maneuvers of their freestyle level in a freestyle class and have registered for the next higher level. However, you can not receive your ISI freestyle patch until you complete a program. During the class, your instructor will be able to test you for the program, so you can receive the freestyle badge.
What are practice sessions and how do I use it?
Please note that currently practice sessions require students to sign up online for their practice sessions.
Practice sessions are an excellent benefit for the students in our group lessons. These practice sessions are provided in addition to group lessons to give the students time to practice what they have learned on their own before their exam on the last day of the group lesson series. You get a practice session credit per group lesson you have: students with 7 group lessons get 7 practice sessions, and students with 10 group lessons get 10 practices sessions.
Students currently enrolled in a group lesson are issued practice session credits on the first day of their class which can be redeemed online 24 - 48 hours after creating an account. Practice session credits expire on the last day of class for the student.
If you have used up your practice card and would like to attend more public skate sessions, you must pay for 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 and does not include skate rental.
Private Lesson Request Form
The practice sessions that are included with your Group Lessons will now be online as Group Lesson practice session credits issued to the student so that you can book your public skating session online.
Group Lesson students and or parents and guardians of Group Lesson students must create a new account/login to view and use credits. Please allow 24 - 48 hours from date of account creation to view and use your credits. Practice session credits expire on your last day of class.
If you are are unable access your credits after 48 hours of creating your account, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
No Group Lessons on Sunday, May 2 and Sunday, May 16 (morning)
Tuition for the group lessons and hockey clinic must be paid in advance to ensure a space in the class. At least two weeks advanced registration is recommended.
There are no refunds issued after the second class has been taken. Refund issued after one class has been taken is the cost of the class minus the first class taken and a $25 service charge. Any remaining practice session credits will be removed from the account. Credits or refunds are not given for missed classes.
One make-up class is allowed per 7 or 10 week series of group lessons only. The make-up class must be done before the last day of your current class series and are based on availability. You must miss your class first before scheduling a make-up class with the Lessons office. There is no make-up for hockey clinic classes.
Fairfax Ice Arena offers year-round figure skating group lessons for adults, teens and children, beginner to advanced levels. Each class is a progression to develop a student's skating skills. Skaters must successfully complete the current level before they can graduate to the next class level. Fairfax Ice Arena group lessons is a national sanctioned program by the Ice Sports Industry (ISI). Space is Limited. Group Lesson classes are currently running with a smaller class size than our 10 students maximum per class.
Create an account/login to view class schedule and register online.
*Weekday group lesson prices. Weekend group lessons are slightly higher.
This is currently not available.
Seven 45-minute lessons, once a week
7 practice sessions good at any of our public sessions
skate rental for your lessons and practice sessions
Required equipment: Helmet (full face mask), elbow pads, hockey gloves, shin guards, stick, athletic supporter.
Group Lesson skaters are required to
- Register for class and practice sessions online
- Arrive ready to skate
- Arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before you skate
- Leave no later than 15 minutes after you skate
- Wear a face covering at all times
- STAY HOME if you feel sick in any way
Attending Your First Day of Class?
When you arrive, check-in at the lessons office where you will receive your name tag and where to meet your coach. Then you will get your skates and helmet at the skate rental counter. Skates come in full sizes only and fit a half to a full size smaller than your shoe size. Skates should fit snug. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing that can keep you warm and dry; thin or medium weight long socks that goes past your ankles; gloves and a jacket. Dressing in layers is recommended. You may bring your own helmets, and knee and elbow pads without an outer plastic shell. Students in beginner classes do spend some time sitting, kneeling, and touching the ice.
We offer hockey clinic for ages 7–13, and 14 & up. Students must be able to complete all skills from skating levels
Tot 1/2 / Prealpha through Beta.
3779 Pickett Road, Fairfax, VA 22031
Tot 1/2 for ages 4-6 years old or Prealpha for ages 7-13 and 14 and up.
Beginner level group lessons are recommended for those who have had little to no prior ice skating instruction and limited to no skating experience.
A private lesson is a great way to get additional practice and coaching on the skills that you are learning in group lessons. Private lessons are held during public skate and freestyle sessions (for higher level figure skaters).
The private lesson student and or the parent/guardian of the student is responsible for payment of:
All payments to coaches for a prescheduled private lesson must be made online. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
Schedule Your Private Lesson
To schedule your first private lesson with a professional instructor, please fill out the private lesson request form below. We will follow up with you in a week and a half or two weeks maximum during the busy winter season. Please select as many days and times that you are available.
Please be advised that many of our instructors may already have full schedules, especially during the winter months and leading up to our annual I.S.I. Competition in May.