Pre-School Skating Lessons

Pre-School Skating Lessons (Snowplow Sam or Pre-Hockey)

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Mark your calendar for 2nd annual year-end skating exhibition scheduled for Sunday, May 17, 2020. More details to follow…  

Sylvania Tam-O-Shanter Learn to Skate programs are committed to providing skaters, ages 3 through adult with the basic ice skating skills that are necessary to skate safely and competently, whether for figure skating, ice hockey or recreation. The Learn to Skate program follows the Learn to Skate USA curriculum. All skaters are required to register annually with Learn to Skate USA (minimal fee applies).  


The Snowplow Sam levels are introductory classes divided into four progressive levels allowing children with no prior skating experience to build confidence while learning the basic skills of skating. These classes are designed to help children seven and younger develop the ABCs of movement – Agility, Balance, Coordination and speed. The ABCs are essential for developing fundamental movement skills and physical literacy. All classes will be taught in a safe and positive environment, incorporating fun and games making class time an enjoyable experience for all.

Off-ice orientation prior to the first skating class:

  • Equipment check – Proper fit and lacing of skates, appropriate attire, and safety helmets.
  • Practice falling and recovery, marching in place, dips and one-foot balances.

Students must pre-register online and each class is limited to 8 skaters. Classes may be combined or cancelled if enrollment numbers are below 3 skaters. Rental Skates included. BIKE OR HOCKEY HELMET REQUIRED.


Pre-hockey curriculum is designed to teach the fundamentals of hockey skating. Skaters will learn how to be more proficient and agile on the ice. Proper skating techniques for the game of hockey is the primary focus. All elements will be taught without a puck. Skaters will learn the basic hockey stance, stride, knee bend, use of edges and other necessary fundamentals to be successful in hockey practices and game situations.

Necessary equipment:

  • Hockey skates
  • HECC Approved Hockey Helmet

Classes will be held on the studio rink and are limited to 8 skaters. Hockey skating lessons can be done in conjunction with Learn to Play Hockey program. Other protective hockey equipment is optional. No sticks.



  • $55/session for 5-week sessions (Fee does NOT include annual $16 Learn to Skate USA membership)
  • $75/session for 7-week sessions (Fee does NOT include annual $16 Learn to Skate USA membership)

TIMES:  Morning, Afternoon & Evening Classes Available

CLASS: Once per Week – 30 minutes

DURATION:  5-7 weeks



  • Session 1 – September 2, 2019 (5 wks)
  • Session 2 – October 14, 2019 (7 wks)
  • Session 3 – January 8, 2020 (7 wks)
  • Session 4 – March 9, 2020 (7 wks)
  • Session 5 - May 25, 2020 (5 wks)


Tam-O is excited to introduce a NEW program... Pre-Hockey 2.0!! Pre-Hockey 2.0 is the next step for girls and boys that have completed at least one session of Snowplow Sam and/or Pre-Hockey skating lessons OR kids in Learn to Play Hockey that want or need extra skating instruction. 


Class is limited to 10 skaters born 2013-14. It will be held on the "big rink". It is a 50-minute class. Cost is $105/player. Hockey skates and hockey helmet are required. Full equipment can be worn if desired. Sticks and pucks may be introduced after the first couple weeks. 

Pre-School (Snowplow Sam) Lessons

Pre-School (Snowplow Sam) Lessons