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The Fairfax County Park Authority offers a variety of activities such as classes, camps and tours in a wide variety of categories including aquatics, fitness, nature, dance, outdoor recreation, performing arts, history and many more. Special events, trips/tours and specialty workshops are listed in Parktakes, the Park Authority’s quarterly guide, available through free subscription to county citizens. .

Adult 1 (14-Adult)

(14-Adult) For students with some skating ability who have had no organized skating instruction. This class helps students develop preliminary coordination and strength necessary for ice skating. Students learn basic skills such as falling and recovery, forward marching, forward two-foot glide, forward swizzles, one forward swizzle/one backward swizzle, dip, forward snowplow stop and other skills geared toward balance, movement and coordination.


Adult 2 (14-Adult)

(14-Adult) Skaters concentrate on forward skating across the width of the ice, forward one-foot glides, forward slalom, backward skating, backward swizzles, two-foot turns in place and other skills geared toward balance, movement and coordination. Prerequisite: Adult 1.


Adult 3 (14-Adult)

(14-Adult) Students concentrate on forward stroking using the blade properly, forward half-swizzle pumps on the circle, moving forward to backward and backward to forward two-foot turn on a circle, backward skating into a long two-foot glide, forward chasses on a circle, backward snowplow stop and other skills geared toward balance, movement and coordination. Prerequisite: Adult 2.


Adult Introductory Skating (14-Adult)

(14-Adult) This class, for students who have never skated before, develops preliminary coordination and strength necessary for ice skating. Students learn basic skills such as falling safely, sitting on the ice and standing up, marching in place, marching forward across the ice, marching then gliding on two feet, forward two-foot glide, dip in place, forward swizzles, backward wiggles, beginning snowplow stop on two feet or one foot and other skills geared toward balance, movement and coordination.


Basic 1 (6-13 yrs)

(6-13 yrs) For students who have never skated before, this class helps develop preliminary coordination and strength necessary for ice skating. Students learn basic elements which provide a solid foundation for advanced skills. Skating skills include falling safely, sitting on ice and standing up, marching in place, marching forward across the ice, marching then gliding on two feet, forward two-foot glide, dipping in place, forward swizzles, backward wiggles, beginning snowplow stop on two feet or one foot and other skills geared towards balance, movement and coordination.


Basic 1 (7-13 yrs)

(7-13 yrs) For students who have never skated before, this class helps students develop preliminary coordination and strength necessary for ice skating. Students learn basic elements which provide a solid foundation for more advanced skills. Skating skills include falling safely, sitting on ice and standing up, marching in place, marching forward across the ice, marching then gliding on two feet, forward two-foot glide, dipping in place, forward swizzles, backward wiggles, beginning snowplow stop on two feet or one foot and other skills geared towards balance, movement and coordination.


Basic 1 Advanced (6-13 yrs)

(6-13 yrs) For students with some skating ability who have had no organized skating instruction or for those who wish to repeat Basic 1. This class helps students continue developing preliminary coordination and strength necessary for ice skating. Students continue to learn basic elements which provide a solid foundation for advanced skills. Class is adjusted based on participants' skill level. Skating skills include falling safely, sitting on ice and standing up, marching in place, marching forward across the ice, march then glide on two feet, forward two-foot glide, dipping in place, forward swizzles, backward wiggles, beginning snowplow stop on two feet or one foot and other skills geared toward balance, movement and coordination.


Basic 2 (6-13 yrs)

(6-13 yrs) This class concentrates on elements designed to make the skater comfortable gliding on one foot, skating backward and turning from forward to backward on two feet. Skating skills include scooter pushes, forward one-foot glides, backward two-foot glide, rocking horse, backward swizzles, two-foot turns from forward to backward in place moving snowplow stop and other skills geared toward balance, movement and coordination. Prerequisite: Basic 1.


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