Skating School

Everyone can learn to skate!

Our skating school offers group classes for all ages and levels.

Belmont Iceland’s Skating School Instructors go beyond just being skilled, qualified, experienced professionals. They are also friendly, approachable, caring, creative and fun! Our skating school is not run like a factory, churning out skaters like robots. We prefer giving more attention to individuals, and believe we get better results too. Our class size ratio is small, rarely going beyond 12 skaters to each instructor.

Please contact our Skating School Director with any further questions about our classes: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Class Times

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Tuesday 10:30 - Saturday 12:45
Tots 1-2

Tuesday 5:15 - Thursday 5:45  - Saturday 11:45am - Saturday 12:45
Tots 3

Tuesday 5:15 - Thursday 5:45 - Saturday 11:45am - Saturday 12:45
Tot 4
Tuesday 5:15 - Thursday 5:45 -Saturday 11:45am - Saturday 12:45
Beginner

Tuesday 5:15 - Thursday 5:45 - Saturday 11:45am - Saturday 12:45
Adults

Thursday 5:45 - Saturday 12:45
Pre-Alpha

Tuesday 5:15 - Thursday 5:45 - Saturday 11:45am - Saturday 12:45Liz_test_day_class
Alpha 1
Tuesday 5:15 - Thursday 5:15 - Saturday 12:15
Alpha 2

Tuesday 5:15 - Thursday 5:15 - Saturday 12:15
Beta 1
Tuesday 5:45 - Thursday 5:15 - Saturday 12:15
Beta 2
Thursday 5:45 - Thursday 5:15 - Saturday 12:15
Gamma 1
Tuesday 5:45 - Thursday 5:15 - Saturday 12:15
Gamma 2
Thursday 5:15 - Saturday 12:15
Delta
Thursday 5:15 - Saturday 12:15
Freestyle Workshop
Tuesday 5:45 - Thursday 5:15
Freestyle 1-5 (45 mins)

Saturday 10:45
Axels/Doubles (45 mins)
Saturday 10:45
Stroking

Saturday 10:00
Intro to Sync

Thursday 6:15

 

Beginning skaters are advised to sign-up for one of the following classes:

  • Ages 3-6 years: Tots 1/2 or Grown Up & Me if the child is uncomfortable trying skating independently
  • Ages 7-14 years: Beginner
  • Ages 14 & up: Adults

Belmont Iceland Skating School Brochure

2014 Class Dates

Fall 1 2014 Learn to Skate Session
September 2 - October 11 (6 weeks, class is once-a-week)
Registration opens August 19, 2014.

Fall 2 2014 Learn to Skate Session
October 21 - December 13 (7 weeks, class is once-a-week)
No Class November 25, 26, 27, 29
Registration opens October 7, 2014.

If you can't commit to the full session of classes, we offer drop-in classes. However, we only offer drop-ins for classes with space available. It is $18 (30 minute class) or $20 (45 minute class) per class, and does not include any of the free public sessions.

Class Prices & What's Included

The Fall 1 Skating School Series lasts 6 weeks.
All 30-minute classes (Tots-Delta, Freestyle Workshop, and Stroking) are $115.
All 45-minute classes (Freestyle 1-5 and Axels & Doubles) are $133
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When you register online, you'll see that the required $6 Ice Skating Institute (ISI) membership fee has been included. ISI membership renews for everyone on September 1. If you have already paid this fee, it will be subtracted from your total after you submit your order, but before you credit card is charged.

Bring-a-Friend passes! In addition to your three free public session passes, you can bring a friend (who isn't already in skating school) to a public session and you both skate for free. In order to use these additional passes, both the registered skating school student and the friend must come check-in and skate together.

Available Discounts:

  • Online Registration: $10
  • Early Bird Registration: $10 (Through 08/26/14; only available online)
  • If you sign-up online by August 26th, you'll only pay $95 for 30-minute classes or $113 for 45-minute classes.

What you get with a class series:

  • 6 weekly classes
  • Skate rentals for each class
  • Free public session on the day of your class
  • 3 additional public sessions and skate rentals to be used by the end of the class series
  • 3 Bring-a-Friend passes
  • Progress report at the end of the series
  • Discounted birthday party packages

What you get with your ISI membership:

  • Excess medical insurance for accidents on the ice
  • Recreational Ice Skating Magazine
  • Pen Pal Program
  • The opportunity to participate in local, disctrict and national ISI competitions and shows, including ISI Worlds - the largest annual recreational ice skating event on the planet!

Booster Classes

We know that many of the skills in the higher levels of our classes are much more challenging. It can frequently take skaters several sessions to pass these classes. Sometimes a student just needs a little more attention from a coach on a specific skill to be able to pass on to a new level. So we have created Booster Lessons that we will offer mid-session for every series of skating classes.

Here's what you get:

  • 2 15-minute semi-private lessons (once-a-week)
  • At least 15 extra minutes of practice time each week
  • No more than 3 students in a lesson

These classes are available during the Fall 1 session at the following times:

  • Wednesdays, September 24 & October 1; 4:15 - 4:30pm
  • Saturdays, September 27 & October 4; 11:45am-12:00pm

Each set of two lessons is only $20. Registration will be available on September 10.

Skating School Referral Program

We know that many of our new customers hear about us from our current customers and we really appreciate the great word of mouth.
We want to reward those of you who take the time to tell people about Belmont Iceland, and at the same time, give your friends a reason to give us a try. And, thus, we created our new referral program.

For each new customer that you refer to our skating and hockey lessons, you'll receive 2 free public session admissions and skate rentals. These passes will be added to your account in our computer and you can use them on any public session. They won't expire.

When your friend registers for classes online, not only will they receive our normal $10 online discount, they'll get the early registration discount of $10 subtracted from their total--no matter when they sign-up.

Make sure your friend lists you as the referral source in the comments section of our online registration. If you have any questions, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , our skating school director.

Free Intro Classes

Before every new session of skating and hockey classes we offer a free 30-minute lesson to let prospective students try out our program. They are free, but we do require you to register for the classes so we know how many instructors we will need. If you are interested, click on the button below to register.

Upcoming Dates

Saturday, October 18, 2014
10:15 - 10:45am Skating Class
10:45 - 11:15am Hockey Class

Saturday, December 20, 2014
10:15 - 10:45am Skating Class
10:45 - 11:15am Hockey Class

Competition Preparation Classes

Belmont Iceland offers In-House Competitions periodically throughout the year. When we do, we also offer a preparation class to help our skating school students get ready to compete. The In-House Competitions are a fun, low-key introduction into the sport of ice skating. The event groups are small so everyone earns an award. It's a great opportunity to improve as a skater, enjoy a little challenge, and see some of our higher level competitors perform. In March, we co-host the Silver Spin Figure Skating Competition with the Skating Club of San Francisco and offer the same competition prep classes.

There are two different event categories that we offer preparation classes for: the Compulsory event and the Technical Program Event. The Compulsory event does not require a program to music. Skaters will demonstrate 3 skills from the last class level they passed. Coaches will teach them a short routine connecting together the three skills.This is an easier event to prepare for, so these classes are 15 minutes long and run for four weeks.

In the Technical Program event skaters skate a 1-2 minute long program that includes specific skills from the last  level they passed. It takes a bit more practice to remember and be proficient at performing the program. So this preparation class runs for six weeks and each class is 30 minutes long.

For both events, instructors will not only teach the routine, but coach skaters on the performance of the required skills. They will also prepare the skater for what to expect during competition and put the skaters on the ice for their event.

All skaters are eligible to compete in either event and, in fact, we offer a combo package to prepare a skater for both!

Our next competition is the Fall In-House Competition on Sunday, October 12, 2014. 

Here are the details of each class:

Technical Program Preparation Class

What's Included:

  • Five 45-minute classes
  • Competition Dress Rehearsal
  • A choreographed program to music to perform at the competition.
  • The entry fee for the In-House Competition
  • ISI Membership
  • An award for every competitor

When to take the class:

  • Tuesdays: September 2 - 30 5:45 - 6:15pm
  • Competition Dress Rehearsal: Tuesday, October 7 5:45 - 6:15pm

Class Cost: $145


If you are already a member of ISI, the membership fee will be subtracted from the cost. 

Compulsory Event Preparation Class

What's Included:

  • Four 15-minute classes
  • Competition Dress Rehearsal
  • At least 15 minutes of extra practice each week
  • The entry fee for the In-House Competition
  • ISI Membership
  • An award for every competitor

When to take the class:

  • Saturdays: September 20 - October 11 11:30-11:45am

Choose the best day and time for you!

Class Cost: $85

If you are already a member of ISI, the membership fee will be subtracted from the cost. 

Combination Preparation Package

What's Included:

  • Five 30-minute Technical Program classes
  • Four 15-minute Compulsory classes
  • At least 15 minutes of extra practice each week
  • The entry fee for both events
  • ISI Membership
  • An award for every competitor

Class Cost: $185

If you are already a member of ISI, the membership fee will be subtracted from the cost. If you sign-up online, an additional $10 will be subtracted.

Register for Competition Preparation Class

Create-A-Class

We know scheduling can be one of the hardest parts of starting skating lessons. If none of our class times work for you, create your own class to suit your schedule. If you have a group of at least 5 skaters, we'll start a class for you at our group Learn-to-Skate prices. These classes are scheduled during any of our Public Sessions, contingent on instructor availability.

Contact our This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information or to set up a class.

About Our Rink

Warm lobby: Parents can relax and be comfortable in our warm, cozy lobby while their kids take their lessons. There is booth seating next to large windows with views of the ice for parents and families to sit in while watching skaters learning in class. If you want an even closer view, and don’t mind the cold, Belmont Iceland has bleachers with a 200-person seating capacity inside the rink.

Cubbies & Lockers: We have storage for your belongings while everyone is on the ice. You can either store your shoes and small items in our bench seating with cubbyholes or you can rent a locker for only $1 (plus $4 refundable key deposit). You can open up the lockers as many times as you need to.

Parking: It’s easy to get in and out at Belmont Iceland. Unlike most rinks in the Bay Area that have little or no space for parking, Belmont Iceland has a huge parking lot with plenty of free parking spaces. In addition to our giant blacktop, there is also free on-street parking all along Old County Road.

Rental Skates: We provide skates in a variety of sizes for both Figure Skating and Hockey.  Our figure skates start at toddler's size 6 and go all the way up to men's size 14. Our hockey skaters begin at child's size 11 and go up to men's size 14. If you've never skated before, figure skates are easier to start in. The blade is a little longer, which helps you balance, and the boots lace higher up your ankle, which provides more stability. If you have particularly wide feet, you may want to try the hockey skates. The front of a hockey boot is boxier, allowing more wiggle room for your toes.

Convenience: Belmont Iceland has safe, soft rubber mat flooring throughout the entire lobby, locker rooms, bathrooms, and inside the rink. You're not limited to certain areas once you've put your skates on.

Policies, Payments, Make-ups and Refunds

If an early registration discount is offered for a session, the deadline is firm. You must have paid for the class by the early deadline in order to receive the discount. Make up classes are available during the current series only. If you miss one of your regular classes, you are welcome to come to the same class on another day of the week. You must make-up any missed classes before the series ends. Please notify the Skating School office in advance: 650-592-4338.

Pro-rated fees are available if you know ahead of time that you will miss more than 3 weeks. Pro-rated series do not receive the 3 additional free public sessions.

Refunds are available during the first week of a series only. A $15 processing fee will be charged on all refunds.

Class times and group levels are subject to change at any time and without prior notice.

No one is allowed on the ice without skates. No one may walk on the ice in shoes.

Class levels offered for First-time Beginners to Advanced Freestyle skaters and Hockey players. Openings for all ages: Toddlers, Parents, Kids, Teens, and Adults. Belmont Iceland follows the testing requirements of the Ice Skating Institute.

What to wear and bring with you to class

Wear warm, loose clothing that covers the entire body but freely allows movement. The temperature inside the rink can get below 40°F so don’t wear shorts or t-shirts. Only wear a skirt if it is part of a skating dress outfit and you are also wearing skating tights.

Gloves and socks are a necessity. It’s no fun to spend half an hour freezing. Make sure your child is properly protected from the cold. Exposed skin is easily chilled and can be scraped by the surface of the ice during a fall. This is called “ice-burn”, and similar to rug-burn, it is very unpleasant. Socks should be the crew-style socks that come up above the ankle. Be safe, be warm, cover up.

Tots and Beginners (and anyone else) are strongly encouraged to wear helmets (bike or hockey are fine).

Wear water-safe clothes or bring an extra change of dry clothes. Skaters fall during lessons and can get wet from the ice.

Do not wear jeans.

We don’t provide: Helmets, Gloves, or Socks. Those items, plus warm clothing, are highly recommended.

Getting the most out of your Learn-to-Skate Class

Please arrive 15 minutes before scheduled class time on the first day, and 10 minutes early the following weeks. Class times refer to when a lesson begins. You’ll need extra time to check-in, rent skates, put on skates, and find your instructor/group.

Please check in at the counter every week, even if you provide your own skates. The skate counter attendant has each skater’s name tag, the check-in list and the class/teacher list.

Signs are posted on the 1st day of class directing skaters to their teacher and group. Classes meet off the ice during the first week and on the ice each week there after.

Every week an updated map of classes and instructors is posted on the door to the rink showing which teacher has each group and the location on the ice. Substitutes will also be listed here.

Please wear your name tag each week. This helps teachers and substitutes know who is in class. It also helps when directing skaters where to go.

Plan to attend at least part of your free public session on the day of your class. This is valuable practice time and essential to accomplishing the new skills you are learning.

Use your 3 free public sessions. This is more practice time and really reinforces the skills you or your child are learning. You can always see the extra improvement in skaters who come for additional practice, over those who only come for their 30-minute class.

Don't be discouraged if you don't move on to the next level after one class series. Many of these skills are very challenging and it's not realistic to expect to master them in 6 or 7 weeks. This is particularly true once you have reached the Gamma level.

Skaters are in a safe environment on the ice at Belmont Iceland. Parents may leave them unattended during class. Parents are not allowed to stand next to glass or in doorways. This is distracting to the kids and instructors. The doorway to the ice must be kept clear at all times. Do not stand in doorways to watch your child, speak to your child, or wait for you child. Parents should drop off and retrieve their child as quickly as possible and then move out of the way.

Do not block entryways or exits.

Instructors for Tot classes are knowledgeable in dealing with small children. Parents should never hover or interfere during a lesson. If there is a problem, the instructor will bring the child off the ice. NEVER set foot on the ice to collect your child or attempt to bring him to class. An instructor or junior instructor will assist your child to and from class, if they are having difficulty on their own.

Part of the lesson for Tots is learning independence on the ice. They must learn to fall, crawl, and stand up all on their own. It’s best to be encouraging and cheerful when your child falls, so that it’s not a big deal to them. If they are encouraged, most tots will laugh off a fall, get up and try again!

We offer a Parent & Me class for children not ready to let go of Mommy or Daddy. The cost is the same and covers 1 child and 1 parent. This class is meant for parents that have a basic understanding of skating already. Not for total beginners. The parent is there to provide support to the child and encourage them to participate in the physical activities and games.

Special Skating School Events

Semi-Annual Ice Shows
All of our Learn-to-Skate students have the opportunity to perform in 2 seasonal ice shows each year: The Winter Extravaganza in December and The Spring Show in May.

Invite all of your friends and family to see how much your skater has learned. All ages and ability levels are encouraged to join the cast of our shows. Participating in the show rehearsal class also gives skaters more opportunity for practice time on the ice. Rehearsals are typically on Wednesday evenings for 45 minutes. The show class fee includes weekly rehearsals, dress rehearsal, performance in 2 shows, a costume to keep, and tickets to the performance.

Click here for more information about our next show!

Silver Spin Competition
Every March, Belmont Iceland co-hosts the Silver Spin Competition with the Skating Club of San Francisco. The competition offers both Ice Skating Institute and US Figure Skating events. We offer a Competition Preparation class that begins in January. In the class, skaters will be tested for the appropriate competition level, taught a routine to perform, and coached through a dress rehearsal. Their class instructor will be present on the day of competition to put the skater on the ice. Look for more information in December.

Private Lessons

We offer private lessons, in addition to our great group lesson programs. Click here for more information.