Q: 15. How do I know if my child is ready for HOCKEY SKILLS or POWER SKATING or FIGURE
Q: 16. What equipment do I need to purchase for my child for the Pre-School and Learn To Skate
Program? Where can I purchase this?
Q: 17. What equipment do I need to purchase for my child for the Hockey Skills Academy Program
and the Ultimate Power Skating Skills Program?
Q: 1. Is my Skater too skilled or not skilled enough to attend?
We accept all levels of skaters from beginner to advanced, and we group the skaters according to their skill level and age on the first day.
Q: 2. When do your programs start and finish?
Ice Dreams Skating Academy operates year round lessons. Each season starts and finishes on the following months:
FALL: September – December
WINTER: January – late March
SPRING: April – June
SUMMER: June – August
WINTER BREAK CAMP: In December
MARCH BREAK CAMP: In March
PASSOVER CAMP: In April
SUMEMR CAMP: Throughout the months of July and August.
Q: 3. When can I register my child? Is it possible to register once the season has already started?
Ice Dreams Skating Academy operates year round lessons.
Enrollment is accepted on a first come first serve basis. Registration is open at anytime as long as the group being requested is not full. An administration fee applies to all late registrations after the start of the season.
Q: 4. How can my child begin doing Private or Semi-Private Lessons?
A: Skaters of all levels are encouraged to take advantage of our Private & Semi-Private Lessons during their lesson time. During your skaters’ group lesson time, a coach can take them aside for some one-on-one time to ensure greater success on the ice. Lesson times can range anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour and are an additional fee.
Q: 5. What is your program’s policy for making up a lesson?
You are entitled to ONE (1) make-up class. Make up lessons must be scheduled in advanced and by email ONLY. Make-up lessons are only valid during the current session and cannot be carried over to the following session and are not transferrable between siblings. Make-up lessons will not be held on the last week of each season.
Q: 6. Can I enroll in more than 1 class per week?
Absolutely. In fact, we encourage you to get as much instruction and practice time as possible.
Q: 7. Can my child try a class before enrolling?
Absolutely! Ice Dreams offers TRIAL CLASSES. Skaters may participate in a Trial Class before making the commitment to enroll for the season. A fee applies depending on the Program being Trialed. If a skater enrolls in the program, the fee will be applied to the remainder of the fee for the season. Trial Class fees are non-refundable and must be paid in full prior to the start of the lesson.
A Trial Class may be taken ONLY if space in the class permits. Participation in a Trial Class does not reserve a spot in the class.
Q: 8. Are there any additional costs?
Any additional fees are strictly optional and include:
- End of Season Medal for Medal Ceremony
- Private and Semi-Private Lesson Ticket Option. Click Here
Q: 9. If my child is uncertain about enrolling for the year, what would you suggest?
Registration at Ice Dreams means a commitment to the season as well as a commitment to all registration and withdrawal policies. All lesson fees are non-refundable once the season has started. If your child is uncertain, we recommend they participate in a Trial Class before enrolling. Please remember that it is tough to assess a first time skater on the first day as it does take time to ease into an unfamiliar environment, such as being on the ice. They all end up loving it in time!
Q: 10. Are credits transferable?
Credits will be applied to a skater for ONLY the following reasons:
- A skater has registered and cannot start the season (this only applies if the lessons have not yet started). There are no refunds once the season has started.
- Medical reason with a doctor’s certificate
Credits can only be held until the next official season. Credits cannot be transferred between skaters.
A $35.00 administrative non-refundable fee will apply to all credits.
Q: 11. How do I know which class to enroll my child into?
Ice Dreams Skating Academy offers a wide variety of programs from beginner to advanced for all ages which all compliment each other. Please review our Programs to gain some knowledge on what each discipline offers and which would suit your child best. If your child plays hockey, we highly recommend that they take one of our Hockey Skills Academy Programs or one of our Ultimate Power Skating Programs in order to strengthen their game playing skills.
Q: 12. How do I know which level of Learn To Skate or Pre-School Program to enroll my child into?
Ice Dreams Skating Academy Offers Programs for all skill levels (ages 2.5 – 18) and Adult Classes. If your child has taken skating classes somewhere else, when registering please mark down to the best of your knowledge what level you feel they should be in based on our level descriptions. On the first day of the season we assess the skaters and group them by age and level.
If your child has NO experience, we recommend enrolling in an age appropriate groups. Either Learn To Skate Level 1 or Pre-School BRONZE.
Q: 13. How does my child progress through the programs?
A: Your child will be instructed for the entire season and will be evaluated based on the skills in that level near the end of the season. On the last day of their lesson skaters will receive a Progress Report outlining their Strengths & Weaknesses and a coach’s recommendation on what level your skater should progress to. Skaters will also be rewarded with a MEDAL CEREMONY to recognize their achievements and to motivate them to go further. If your child must repeat his/her level again, it is in order to better their skating ability.
Q: 14. What is included in your Learn to Skate session?
A: Our Learn to Skate program is a Full Hour. Skaters will receive a 5 minute group warm up, a 45 minute group instruction with a coach and 10 minutes of game time (catch the teacher, hockey and more).
Q: 15. How do I know if my child is ready for HOCKEY SKILLS or POWER SKATING or FIGURE SKATING LESSONS?
A: Coaches will normally make recommendations to parents. Parents are also welcome to ask if they feel their child is ready to take their skill to the next level. We like to progress our skaters as quickly as possible. We will not hold your skater back during the season if we feel they should be at another level.
Q: 16. What equipment do I need to purchase for my child for the Pre-School and Learn To Skate Program? Where can I purchase this?
- CSA Approved Helmets are mandatory for all skaters.
- Skates should provide a snug fit and made of a firm material to help support the ankle.
- A lace up boot provides better support than the plastic skate boots with buckles.
- Blades should be single blade not double.
- It is very difficult to learn to skate on dull blades. All newly purchased skates must be sharpened.
- Dress in warm but not bulky clothing.
- Mitts or gloves must be worn.
Skates & Helmet can be purchased at any sports store new or used.
Q: 17. What equipment do I need to purchase for my child for the Hockey Skills Academy Program and the Ultimate Power Skating Skills Program?
C.S.A. approved helmet (with ear protectors)
C.S.A. approved facial protector (full cage or full visor)
B.N.Q. approved throat protector (collar or bib type)
Athletic support cup (male)
Athletic Jill strap (female)
Garter belt/or jock or jill shorts
Stick (right or left handed)
Q: 18. What equipment do I need to purchase for my child for the FLOW Figure Skating Academy?
A: Figure Skaters should wear a skating dress, skirt, or bodysuit with warm tights or warm-up pants. The male skaters should wear straight-legged stretch pants and sweater. This enables the coach to see proper body positions. Gloves should be worn for practices and warm ups. Long hair needs to be tied back.
Figure Skates can be bought at: The Figure Skating Boutique located close to Yonge & Steeles at 6174 Yonge Street.
Q: 19. How often should I get skates sharpened?
A: Skates should be sharpened after every 20 – 24 hours of skating
Q: 20. The blades on my skates are new but look like they are rusting already, what should I do?
A: It is necessary to dry the blades each time you get off the ice to prevent the blades from rusting.