Skates, Bike or Hockey Helmut, Mittens, Flexible skating pants (no jeans) Warm jacket. Hockey gloves & Breezers are not recommended for LTS 1-2 classes.
You can rent at the Hastings Civic Arena first come first serve.
Hockey Skates with the rocked bladeare not recommended for beginner skaters a rounded blade is difficult for a beginner to balance on & will cause unnecessary falling -a skate with a flatter blade & a toe pick are much easier to balance on & learn in. A hockey skate is easy to transfer over to especially after foundation skills have been mastered. Double bladed Figure Skates are also not recommended. If you already have hockey skates please use them.
Where can I purchase skates?
Westwood Sports in Apple Valley
14805 Granada Ave, Apple Valley MN 55124
For beginners ask for Riedell Starter Skates for $50.00/$55.00
On Arrival to the Hastings Civic Arena
If you have registered through Community Education, River Blades will need you to sign a release waiver the first day of class. Please let our front desk know if you registered with Community Education there will be forms available to sign. Thank you.
First Day of class
Arrive at the arena 15-30 minutes before your scheduled class-pick up your name tag on arrival at the skate school desk.
Your name tag will have a class color, lesson time & a practice time written on it.
You will have a 30 minute lesson with an instructor and 30 minutes of practice time in the designated practice area.
Keep in mind your practice time may be before your lesson.
Where do I put my skates on?
Once you check in at the skate school table All skaters will proceed to the locker room to put their skates. The lobby will no longer be available to put skates. The locker room assignments are on the television screens in the lobby.
Where are the locker rooms?
Once you enter through the double doors in to where the ice is located you will turn right and follow the rubber to the locker rooms.
How do I find my teacher?
Each class has a class color and your name tag is a certain color.
For example if you have a green name tag you will skate to the area of the rink that has the green color board hanging on the plexi glass.
Keep in mind you will skate to that color when it is your class time.
Please be sure to check your name tag for the class time before you send your skater to their class.
Those skaters that are practicing in the practice area and waiting for their class time will be lined up at 10:25 am and taken to their correct class.
Parents please help us in getting our attention if your skater has not gotten to class or if you arrive late.
Name tags will be collected at the end of class.
Please use designated locker rooms to put your skates on we are not allowed to put skates on in the lobby.
Learn to Skate 1 & new beginner mini-mite students will meet their teacher off-ice near the entrance to the ice for the first lesson.
Learn to Skate 1 & mini-mites 1 will learn how to balance, fall down properly and get back up on the black rubber matting before you take the ice.
Keep in mind we may need to move your skater up or down a level. If a class change is needed you will be informed the change and be given a new name tag the following week of class.
Only registered students of the skater may skate in the practice area (skaters that are not enrolled in our program are not allowed to skate in the practice area). The practice area is coned off from the blue line down.
Skaters please no horseplay in the practice area-your practice time should be spent on what you were taught in class. No parents on the ice due to liability reasons.
Evaluations All skaters will be evaluated the last day of class-please attend your last class to receive your evaluation form. Attendance at every class is important in moving up through the levels.
Join our Hastings Figure Skating Team
Beginner through advanced team production & synchronized skating competition opportunities.
The Popsicle-ettes is a new team forming from 11-11:30 am on Saturdays. All skaters LTS 2+ are invited to join us the first two weeks to try the class out. The Popsicle-ettes will perform at the Skate with Santa Event.
What are team production numbers? At River Blades we strive to build our skaters self esteem and confidence through Figure Skating. Many skaters like to skate as a team before they take the next step in to competing as a solo skater in competition. River Blades has designed a program to build a skaters confidence through performing with a team. Team Production is a competition number designed keeping a theme in mind. This season we choreographed and competed with Team Lilo & Stitch & Team Cirque du Soleil. We develop performance and acting skills as well as skating skills during our practices. We compete three to four times per year as a team at local competitions.
We are looking to grow our Beginner Figure Skating Team
“The Popsicles-ettes” please join us from 11:00-11:30 am LTS 2 and up invited to join us get a feel for what Team Production skating is all about.
Private lessons are available
Private lesson opportunities-Please speak to Amanda if you are interested in trying out a one-on-one private lesson with one of our Figure Skating Instructors, a little one-on-one goes a long way. Also if you are interested in doing competitions in the future starting a private lesson along side our group lesson program will benefit your skater tremendously. Please visit our website for private lesson pricing www.Riverbladesskating.com
Speak with Amanda to discuss private lesson opportunities for Hockey & Figure Skaters, there are opportunities to receive a private lesson on these days
- Always check with the arena of the schedule.
- *Fridays 6-8 am during Open Freestyle $12 ice fee
- *Saturdays 8:30-10 am am during Open freestyle $10 ice fee
- *Sundays 4:15-5:45 during open skate
- *Sundays 6-7 pm during Open Freestyle $10 ice fee
Private lessons must be pre-paid, once lesson is reserved please respect our no cancellation policy, Visit our website for private lesson pricing packages-online packages include ice fee. www.Riverbladesskating.com
1st Annual “Ice Show” Feb 18 6:30 pm
- All skaters, all levels are invited to register and perform for our ice show.
- Please see our ice show registration form to register. Must register by deadline
River Blades Attire Order
Sweat shirts , sweat pants, mittens, and boot covers, order forms will be available at the arena during the first few weeks of our classes, the order is placed shortly after the beginning of the session.
River Blades reserves group discount tickets for
- Disney on Ice and other ice shows visiting the Target Center or the Xcel Center. Ticket order forms will be available at the skate school table.
If you would like to book a one-on-one phone consultation with Amanda to talk about a plan for your skater that is new to the sport, or you have questions about “how to best guide your skater through the sport” please visit the website www.riverbladesskating.com/parents-corner to register for a one-on-one phone conversation. A professional consultation fee will apply.
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Remember to check your inbox the Thursday evening before our Saturday classes to review special instructions for your skater. Your skaters exact class time, practice time, class color, and class instructor will be on that e-mail.
We are grateful you have joined the River Blades family.
Thank you and we'll see you at the Hastings Civic Arena.