Anoka Ice Arena

Learn To Skate

The Original Recreational Skating Program


ISI's standardized weSKATE program, introduced in 1964, is a structured program designed to increase interest and participation in ice skating. The program provides a nurturing environment where skills are broken down into progressive, achievable levels that encourage skater development.

The weSKATE program is offered in group lessons at ISI member rinks. Classes include:


   Tots: The ISI Tot testing program offers specialized instruction for three to five year-olds with the emphasis on fun.

   Beginning Skaters: The ISI pre-Alpha test program introduces skaters to the wonderful world of ice skating. Emphasizing fun and safety, lessons quickly generate confidence as new skaters develop skills and make new friends.

   Basic Skills: The ISI basic skills skating program guides new skaters through carefully graduated maneuvers, ensuring rapid progress over short time periods. Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta tests provide direction and build competency in all important foundation moves. Forward and backward skating, stopping, turning and edges are taught in exciting, low cost group lessons.


Pre-Alpha through Delta classes are offered to all ages, tots to adults. Skaters at these levels may not compete in Freestyle, Figures, Couples or Dance levels 1-10. Skaters wishing to compete in these levels and advance their skills can move on to ISI's Recreational Figure Skating Program and/or ISI's Recreational Hockey Program.