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Frequently Asked Questions

Learn to Skate and Play Hockey

Learn to Skate, Learn to Play Hockey and Snow Plow Frequently Asked Questions

What if I sign my kid up for the wrong program?
That's no problem!  Our instructors often make adjustments once we see children on the ice.  For example, if you sign your daughter up to Learn to Skate and she's ready and willing to go for Learn to Play Hockey, we can just switch her into the other program.  If you're ever in doubt, our Ice Director is always happy to assess your kid's skill level.

My Child is 5 and I don't know whether to put her in Snow Plow or Learn to Skate, what should I do?
If your child has never skated at all, we recommend signing up for Snow Plow and if, once on the ice, she's confident and comfortable, we can switch her into Learn to Skate (an additional charge would apply).  You can always talk to a member of staff here at Walker Ice and Fitness if you need more help.

My son's going into one of the programs and I'm worried about him being on the ice without me?  Can I go out with him?
We do not allow parents/guardians out on the ice with the kids.  We want to build up confidence for children on the ice and we've found that it's best if they work with our instructors.  Even if you've a lot of skating experience, we still need to have our certified staff lead the sessions and it gets confusing for kids when their parents are on the ice too.  Part of learning to skate is learning to fall over and younger kids actually do better with this when Mom and Dad aren't on the ice.

Is there any way I can help out or get involved?
We always appreciate volunteers who have a strong background in figure skating or hockey.  Please reach out to our Ice Director, Mike Fountain, at (616) 735-6286 for more information or email him at mfountain@walkericeandfitness.com

What should my child wear for Snow Plow or Learn to Skate?
Ice Skates (rentals will be provided at no cost, or we have a great selection of beginner skates in the WIFC Pro-Shop)
Gloves or Mittens
Helmets are required for Snow Plow and strongly recommended for Learn to Skate (a bike helmet is fine)
Snow Pants or warm layers that allow for freedom of movement.

What should my child wear for Learn to Play?
For Learn to Play, full hockey equipment is required.  We sell equipment for all ages in our Pro-Shop!  If you need help, please feel free to reach out to our Ice Director at (616) 735-6286.