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 and 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. Obtain your official US Figure Skating yearly membership:  Go to learntoskateusa.com and sign-up for your annual Learn to Skate USA membership for $12 (plus processing fee). At this site you should first sign up for a “family account” and then add your skater/s to the account. You will receive a confirmation email from USFS with your membership number and a welcome email. You will need your membership number to register for PSSA lessons. USFS will mail your membership card (and basic skills record book if you are a new skater) directly to your home address provided.

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

For any questions, please contact our skating director, Sarah Benoit, by email or call 603-254-8675.

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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 curriculum, 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


Session I:  Fall In With the Cool Kids

Sept 11             5:00-6:00pm
Sept 18             5:00-6:00pm
Sept 25             5:00-6:00pm
Oct 2                 5:00-6:00pm
Oct 16               5:00-6:00pm
Oct 23               5:00-6:00pm

Session II:  Edge Into Winter

Nov 6               5:00-6:00pm
Nov 13             5:00-6:00pm
Nov 20            5:00-6:00pm
Nov 27            5:00-6:00pm
Dec 4               5:00-6:00pm
Dec 11              5:00-6:00pm
Dec 18             5:00-6:30pm    Holiday Family Skate Night  

Session III:  Skating in a Winter Wonderland

Our winter session of lessons involves our annual PSSA and Magic Blades FSC combined skating show which the skaters look forward to each year.  Additional fees for show attire for all skaters will be due at the start of the session.  The parent and skater information meeting will be held January 8th. To learn more contact our skating director, Sarah Benoit for information prior to January 8th.

Jan 8               5:00-6:00pm
Jan 15             5:00-6:00pm
Jan 22             5:00-6:00pm
Jan 29             5:00-6:00pm
Feb 5               5:00-6:00pm
Feb 12             5:00-6:00pm
Feb 18             8:45-10:15am   Dress rehearsal for LTS skaters (not hockey)
Feb 19             5:00-6:30pm    Show Day!

Session IV:  Spring Fever

March 12          3:30-4:30pm
March 19          3:30-4:30pm
March 26          3:30-4:30pm
April 2               3:30-4:30pm
April 9               3:30-4:30pm

Summer Schedule


Adults Only
We are offering an adult group lesson during the Sunday night Learn-to-Skate. Please contact the Skating Director, Sarah Benoit by email or call 603-254-8675 for more information.


The cost of lessons is $8o per session**

All skaters must self-register annually with USFSA. 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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Home School Skates
Special Home School Skates are offered during the fall, spring, and winter months. Stay tuned for upcoming dates.

Meet the Coaching Staff

US Figure Skating Information for Parents

Collaborative Skating Program in Tilton; Magic Blades FSC


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

Barbara Adams, Program Support 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