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Learn to Skate

Welcome to the 2021-2022 Season!

Joining more than 1,000 rinks and clubs across the nation, SAM is proud to offer Learn To Skate USA in central Maine.  Learn To Skate USA is endorsed by USA Hockey, US Speedskating, and US Figure Skating as the program that instructs the fundamental skills of skating on ice to people of all ages, starting at age 3.

For the 2021-2022 season, SAM will offer six (6) sessions.  Each session consists of six (6) weekly classes that meet on Monday evenings except for some holidays.  The season starts on Monday, September 13th. To follow is the session schedule:

Session Start Date End Date No class dates
Session 1 Sep. 13, 2021 Oct. 18, 2021
Session 2 Oct. 25, 2021 Nov. 11, 2021
Session 3 Dec. 6, 2021 Jan. 17 2022 Dec. 27, 2021 (Holiday)
Session 4 Jan. 24, 2022 Mar. 7, 2022 Feb. 21, 2022 (Presidents Day)
Session 5 Mar. 14, 2022 Apr. 18, 2022
Session 6 Apr. 25, 2022 Jun. 6, 2022 May 30, 2022 (Memorial Day)

Class schedules and costs

To follow is the schedule for the various class that will be offered on Monday evenings.  The cost shown is per student for 6 weeks of instruction.

Program Name Start Time End Time Class Length Cost
Snowplow Sam 5:30 PM 6:00 PM 30 minutes $85
Hockey Edge Skills 5:30 PM 6:15 PM 45 minutes $145
Intro to Figure Skating 5:30 PM 6:15 PM 45 minutes $145
Basic Skills 6:15 PM 7:00 PM 45 minutes $125
Adult Skills 6:15 PM 7:00 PM 45 minutes $125

Learn To Skate USA is endorsed by:

Meet the director

Mark Ellis has been instructing in learn to skate programs across Maine for more than twenty years.  He has also served as the president of SAM’s predecessor – the Skating Club of Maine.  As a competitive skater, Mark won a bronze medal at the 2006 US Figure Skating Adult National Championships in Dallas, TX.

Mark Ellis

Mark Ellis

Learn to Skate Orientation Video

SAM Inclement Weather Policy:

Practices or Games will be held and only canceled if the Ice Vault is closed for inclement weather conditions. Only the SAM President or Vice President can cancel a practice or game if the Ice Vault is open for business. Parents still have their personal choice to have their player attend or not attend a practice or game during inclement weather conditions.






SAM is pleased to offer a Learn-to-skate program for people of all ages at all skill levels. The Basic Skills program is administered by SAM and is designed by U.S. Figure Skating to give skaters the fundamental skills required for hockey, figure skating, and recreational skating.

The mission of SAM’s Basic Skills Program is to provide a goal-oriented program that encourages ice skating at all levels and to enhance the quality of skating skills at these levels.

The objectives of the program are:

  • To provide a fun and safe skating experience for the beginner as well as the more advanced skater
  • To teach correct technique of the simple basic elements
  • To promote health and physical fitness
  • To enable all participants to achieve the skills necessary to either skate for fun the rest of their lives or to move competently into the U.S. Figure Skating advanced test and/or competitive structure

WHO: Developed by U.S. Figure Skating and approved by the Professional Skaters Association (PSA), the Basic Skills Program is available to any member figure skating club, ice facility, recreation department, individual skating instructor, college, university or other organization. Club affiliation is not a requirement to use the program.

WHAT: This exciting program consists of Snowplow Sam, Basic Skills, Free Skate, Hockey, Adult, Dance, Synchronized, Pairs, Theatre On Ice, Artistry in Motion, Speed Skating and Special Olympics/Therapeutic group class curricula. Upon completion of each level, the skater should be equipped with the necessary knowledge and technique to advance to the next level.

General Info for SAM Classes:

SAM Scholarship Fund

The Skating Association of Maine (SAM) strives to provide an opportunity for every child who wants to play hockey or figure skate. The SAM Scholarship Fund is used to provide financial assistance to participants in SAM programs.