Those interested in learning to skate before the holiday season will have the option of taking “Learn to Skate” classes starting in September.
Classes, which will be held at the Edge Ice Center, 1400 Hickman Ave. in Owensboro, are available for all skill levels, from beginners to advanced, and for all ages 3 and up.
“We start very slowly with our beginners so that we can build confidence,” Kerry Bodenheimer, Owensboro recreation superintendent said Friday.
The Learn to Skate program is formatted by the ice skating industry, the oldest recreational ice skating organization in the country.
Bodenheimer, who teaches advanced freestyle lessons, said the most popular age group for learning to ice skate appears to be 6-9 year olds.
“Our youngest class is our toddler class and it’s for our 3 to 5 year olds,” she said. “We only have five kids in these classes and no less than two instructors just because they need a little more help there.”
Bodenheimer said the class size could increase depending on the level of advancement of the skaters.
“We recommend that children 5 and under wear some type of helmet,” she said.
Bodenheimer said one of the first things instructors teach students is how to fall properly. This helps reduce the possibility that a skater will be injured.
While classes are expected to start during the first week of September, registration is currently open. It is recommended that those interested in the courses register early, as places are limited. The registration deadline is August 28.
Fees range from $ 39 to $ 45, depending on age and experience.
For more information, call Bodenheimer at 270-687-8705.