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