Learn to Skate / Learn to Play Hockey

Plymouth State Skating Academy (PSSA) lessons are available Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter!! Sign-up for the next available session of Group Figure Skating & Beginner Hockey Lessons.  Please call 603-535-2SK8 (2758) or e-mail with any questions. You may also contact our Skating Director, Sarah Pirrotta-Benoit.

Register for lessons in two easy steps:

Step 1. Go to learntoskateusa.com and sign-up for your annual Learn to Skate USA membership for $12 (plus processing fee). You will receive a confirmation email with your membership number and a welcome email. You will need your membership number in order to register for lessons.

Step 2. Register for lessons by clicking the “Register for a class” link below. Please print or bring your membership number to the first meeting.

ALL NEW MEMBERS who are interested and looking to sign up for lessons, please attend the Pre-Registration Information Night.  These are drop in times and all the information you need to know prior to night 1 will be available at these meetings.  

The two meeting times are:
Mon, June 27th from 6-8pm
Sat, July 9th from 10-11:30am

This will take place upstairs at the PSU Ice Arena where you can meet the Director and our parent volunteers, learn how to sign up, take a rink tour and learn more about the Learn to Skate, Learn to Play Hockey experience.

If you are not able to attend either of these drop in times you will need to contact The Skating Director, Sarah Benoit by email or call 603-254-8675 so she can go over a few “need to knows” before July 10th.

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Plymouth State Skating Academy

PSSA proudly participates in the United States Figure Skating (USFS) Learn-to-Skate Basic Skills Program offering group lessons in figure skating and beginner hockey skills for participants ages 4 years old through adult. As members of USFS, we offer high quality instruction, cutting-edge curriculums, and a bridge to testing and competition. Most importantly, PSSA offers a fun, supportive community to both challenge and reward our skaters.

Upcoming Program Dates


“Beat the Heat” Summer Session

July 10th            5:30-6:30pm
July 17th            5:30-6:30pm
July 24th            3:30-4:30pm
July 31st            5:30-6:30pm
Aug 7th              5:30-6:30pm
Aug 14th            5:30-6:30pm
Aug 21st            5:30-6:30pm
Aug 28th            5:30-6:30pm

Adults Only
We are offering an adult group lesson during the Sunday night Learn-to-Skate from 6-7pm (due to coaching availability, if there are less than 5 adults signed-up for the summer, we will cancel and fully refund you for your payment).


The summer session is $80 or you can purchase a $40 punch card for 4 lessons of your choosing this summer.

*Membership includes a Basic Skills Record Book, official membership card, achievement badges, FREE rental skates for the registered skater, sports accident insurance, Basic Skills Edition of SKATING magazine, and the opportunity to compete/perform in approved events. (Membership runs June 1 through May 31.)

** A multi-child discount of $10 is given per additional child.

** Save $20 when you sign-up for multiple sessions.

** You must register in person to receive the family discount or multiple session discount.

Six-week sessions are run during the Fall, Winter and Spring. Plymouth State Skating Academy also runs a summer session which starts in July.

What Everyone Should Know About the First Skating/Hockey Lesson


Class Format

The ice surface is divided with the youngest beginners at the entrance end, more advanced skaters in the center section, and hockey skills at the Zamboni end beyond the safety barrier.  Figure skaters will have a 30 minute group lesson and 30 minutes to practice; maximum group size of 10 skaters per coach.  Additional staff assistance is available for the tot levels.  Parent/s of Snowplow Sam skaters may join their skater on the ice during practice time; skate rentals not included for parent/s.  NOTE: Class levels will be combined, or potentially cancelled, if there are not enough skaters registered.

Skating Levels

Hockey 1-4: The basic skills hockey curriculum is designed to teach the fundamentals of hockey skating.  Skaters will learn how to maneuver faster and be more agile on the ice.  Skaters will need to have a certified hockey helmet with face shield to participate.

Snowplow Sam 1-4, Ages 4-6: The Snowplow Sam levels are designed to help the preschool age skater develop the primary coordination and strength needed for skating.  Elements included in the level are falling correctly, standing up, stopping, skating forward and the ever favorite swizzles.  Helmets are highly encouraged for all Snowplow Sam skaters (hockey, bike or ski helmets are sufficient).

Basic Skills 1-6, Ages 7 & up: Basics 1-8 begin to teach the fundamentals of the sport, such as forward and backwards skating, three turns, mohawks, edges, and crossovers. Levels 4-8 begin to incorporate beginner jumps and spins.  Helmets are highly encouraged.

Pre-Freestyle & Freestyle 2-6*:  Freestyle levels 2-6 are divided into four sections: moves in the field, spins, dance/footwork sequence and jumps. The Free Skate levels are designed to give skaters a strong foundation on which to build their skills. This is the point where the skater can choose whether to pursue a recreational or competitive approach to the sport of figure skating.  * At this time group lessons are not offered for skaters beyond the Freestyle 6 level or who have passed the USFS Pre-Preliminary Freestyle or above.

Adult 1-6: The Adult curriculum is designed for the beginner adult skater. It will promote physical fitness and improve balance and coordination while teaching proper skating techniques. Divided into six levels, adult skaters will progress at an individual rate while being challenged and motivated. This is an exciting new program for people who look to skating as an enjoyable part of a fit and healthy lifestyle.  Helmets are encouraged.

Beginner Competitions

All PSSA registered members are eligible to participate in any USFS Basic Skills competition across the nation.  Several competitions are available locally each year and more throughout New England.  If you skater is interested in learning more about this option, please contact the PSSA skating director, Sarah Pirrotta-Benoit, for more details.

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Homeschool Skates
Special Homeschool Skates are offered during the Fall, Spring & Winter months. Stay tuned for upcoming dates.

Meet the Coaching Staff

US Figure Skating Information for Parents

Collaborative LTS Program in Tilton-MBFSC


2 responses to “Learn to Skate / Learn to Play Hockey”

  1. April Cook says:

    My nieces would love to take ice skating lessons. When the temperatures get too hot to play outside here I think this might be a great activity for them. I love the smaller class sizes that you offer. Do all the classes happen at the same time? Thanks for the information!

    • Barbara says:

      April, all lessons do happen at the same time on Sunday afternoon/evenings as listed. Skaters are separated by levels and again by age if possible.

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Contact Information

Contact Information

January 14th, 2014 by Michael

General Information:
Main Phone (603) 535-2SK8 (2758)
Fax (603) 535-3369

Mailing Address:
Plymouth State University Ice Arena
17 High Street MSC72
Plymouth, NH 03264

Dave Gyger, Arena Manager
(603) 535-3360

Scott Shedd, Assistant Manager
(603) 535-3361

Marly Solebello, Business Services Assistant
(603) 535-3365





January 14th, 2014 by Michael

To arrive at Plymouth State Welcome Center and Ice Arena, from all points north and south take I93, exit 25, turn right onto Rt 175A.  We are the 4th building on the left. (2/10 of a mile from the off ramp)


Street Address:
129 NH Rt-175A (Holderness Road)
Holderness, NH 03245

Latitude 43 45 35
Longitude 71 41 02
0283950 UTM Easting
4848450 UTM Northing