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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 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.


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 including 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 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.


Snowplow Sam 1 (3-5 yrs)

(3-5 yrs) This class helps students develop preliminary coordination and strength necessary for ice skating. Students must be able to work in a group setting without direct parental supervision and be able to listen to and follow instructions. Skating skills include falling safely, marching in place, marching forward, marching then gliding on two feet, dipping in place and other skills geared towards balance, movement and coordination.


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