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, practice card 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 please stay in the lobby for at least the first 10 minutes of the class so our staff can go over practice sessions. We discourage interrupting coaches and students during their lessons.
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 warm, comfortable clothing, long socks, 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. Wear thin or medium weight sock for optimal rental skate fit.
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 their achievements are recognized and recorded nationally. 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?
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.
Students currently enrolled in a group lesson are issued a practice card on the first day of their class which can be picked up at the Lessons office. To use the card during a public skating session, present it at the box office to receive admission and then present it at the skate rental counter to receive skate rentals. Students who have forgotten their card and are not able to present it at the box office must pay for admission and skate rental. Practice cards 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
SK8, Play & Learn $100
Ice Skating Club for Tots $25
The ice skating club is for skaters ages 4–6, currently enrolled in our group lessons, levels Tot 1/2 through Alpha. The classes are held during public session and students enrolled in the Ice Skating Club must use their practice card to be admitted into the class.
Four 30-minute supervised practices
Your own skates for $49 (valued at $75)
Register today at the Lesson Office. Ice skating club is not available for online registration.
FAIRFAX ICE ARENA
*Weekday group lesson prices. Weekend group lessons are slightly higher.
A private lesson is a great way to get additional practice on the skills that you're learning in group lessons. To schedule your first private lesson with a professional instructor, please fill out the private lesson request form below and we will follow-up with you in a week or two weeks maximum during the busy winter season. Please select as many days and times that you're available.
Private Lesson Schedules
Private lessons are held during our public skate and freestyle sessions. The private lesson student is responsible for payment of the ice time (public or freestyle sessions) before getting on the ice to have a private lesson. The price of the private lesson does not include the cost of the public or freestyle session.
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.
Fairfax Ice Arena does not follow Fairfax County Public School delays and closures.
Freestyle sessions, group lessons and public skating will run as scheduled unless a closure notice is posted on the Fairfax Ice Arena website and social media.
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 first class taken and a $25 service charge. Customers must return their practice card.
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. There is no make-up for hockey clinic classes.
Credits or refunds are not given for missed classes. You must miss your class first before scheduling a make-up class with the Lessons office.
We offer hockey clinic for ages 7–13, and 14 & up. Students must be able to complete all skating skills from
Tot 1/2 / Prealpha through Beta.
There is something for everyone in our ice skating group lessons program. 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).
Create an account/login to view the current schedule and register online today.
This class is for ages 3–5 and includes activities to build confidence, social skills, balance and off-ice games and stories. Register online today.
Five 60-minute lessons
Five practice sessions
Free skate and helmet rental
Camp held on: Monday–Friday, April 6–10, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Cost: $335 ($20 off per additional sibling)
The annual Spring Break Camp is for kids ages 4–6 and 7–13 in beginner to freestyle 6 levels. Register today at the lessons office or call (703) 323-1132.
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.
Cost: $79 per student
Bring your group (friends, church groups, scouts, social groups) and take our special 4 week lesson course. Groups must be eight or more. Contact us to schedule in advance.