Learn to Skate Program

presented by Southwest Airlines

Welcome to Oakland Ice Center operated by Sharks Ice "Learn to Skate" Program presented by Southwest Airlines - a challenging, rewarding and fun way to learn the sports of Hockey & Skating!

We offer group skating lessons for ages 3 to Adult, all with exceptional student to teacher ratios. Group instruction includes a 30 minute class and 30 minute supervised practice. Each skater will receive a pin upon completion of each level, and a certificate of completion for each class (Skating Classes Only). Skating Classes are designed to take participants from beginning steps through advanced Freestyle levels. Hockey Classes are for Beginner through Advanced levels, with each class focusing on skill development, positional play and FUN!

**NO CREDITS OR REFUNDS will be given.

**Please do not enroll for a class that is not your appropriate level.

For more information on Skating Lessons, call (669)800-6465 or contact Glenn Martin at (408)999-6466 OR

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Parent/Tot Beginning Skating Class

A Parent and Tot Skating Class for Beginning Tots

This is a fun class for one Parent/Guardian and one child to learn to ice skate together.

This is a first time class for very beginning skaters who need the security of  having their parent on the ice with them.

Young Skaters build confidence through games and becoming familiar with basic skating skills.These classes are designed to help children four and younger develop fundamental movement skills and physical literacy.

Saturday's - 9:45 to 10:30am

  • Children must be between the ages of 3 and 5.
  • Cost includes one parent/guardian and one child. 
  • Each child must be accompanied by an adult.
  • The parent must be on the ice, in skates, during the class.

Tiny Tot (Age 3-6 Beginner)

This class is designed for the little ones who would like to try ice skating. They will learn the basics skating skills through playing games and building confidence on the ice.

Please note that parents/caregivers are not allowed in the ice for any Tiny Tot classes.

Tuesday: 5:15p-6:15p

Thursday: 5:15p-6:15p

Saturday: 10:45a-11:45a 


Skills needed to move on to next level:

Tot 1

March in place

Dip in place

Fall down & Stand up

Skate across ice

Tot 2

Two-Foot Jump in Place

Forward Swizzle Standing Still

Single Swizzle

Beginning Two-Foot Glide

Tot 3

Push and Glide Stroking

Preparation for Snowplow Stop


Forward Swizzle

Beginner 1-3 (Age 6 -Up)

Tuesday: 5:15pm-6:15pm - Beginner 1 (Pre Alpha), Beginner 2 (Alpha), Beginner 3 (Beta)

Thursday: 5:15pm-6:15pm - Beginner 1 (Pre Alpha), Beginner 2 (Alpha)  Beginner 3 (Beta)

Saturday: 10:45am-11:45am - Beginner 1 (Pre Alpha), Beginner 2 (Alpha) 

Saturday: 11:45am-12:45pm - Beginner 3 (Beta)


Skills needed to move on to next level:

Beginner 1 (Pre-Alpha equivalent)

1. Two foot glide

2. One-foot glide/ right foot/ left foot

3. Forward Swizzle

4. Backward Wiggle

5. Backward Swizzle

6. Forward Pumps

Beginner 2 (Alpha equivalent)

1. Forward Stroking

2. Forward Crossovers left over right (5)

3. Forward Crossovers right over left (5)

4. One foot snowplow stop

5. Two foot turn

Beginner 3 (Beta equivalent)

1. Backward Crossovers right over left (5)

2. Backward Crossovers left over right (5)

3. Backward Stroking (6)

4. Right T-Stop

5. Left T-Stop

6. Introduction to Forward Edges


Intermediate 1-Advanced 4

Tuesday: 5:45pm-6:45pm

Thursday: 5:45pm-6:45pm

Saturday: 11:45am-12:45pm


Skills needed to move on to next level:

Intermediate 1 (Gamma equivalent)

1. Left Forward Outside 3-Turn

2. Right Forward Outside 3-Turn

3. Left Forward Inside Mohawk

4. Right Forward Inside Mohawk

5. Hockey Stop

6. Introduction to Backward Edges

Intermediate 2 (Delta equivalent)

1. Left Forward Inside 3-Turn

2. Right Forward Inside 3-Turn

3. Forward Outside Edges

4. Forward Inside Edges

5. Lunge or Shoot the Duck

6. One-half Flip

Intermediate 3 (Freestyle 1 equivalent)

1. Backward outside edges

2. Backward inside edges

3. Two-foot spin

4. Forward spiral

5. Forward inside pivot

6. Waltz jump

Advanced 1 (Freestyle 2 equivalent)

1. Forward outside spirals

2. Forward inside spirals

3. One-half lutz

4. One-half Toe Walley

5. One foot spin

6. Ballet jump

Advanced 2 (Freestyle 3 equivalent)

1. Backward outside pivot

2. Change foot spin

3. Backward spiral

4. Salchow jump

5. Toe Loop jump

6. Backward outside three turns

Advanced 3 (Freestyle 4 equivalent)

1. Flip jump

2. Loop jump

3. Sit spin

4. One-half loop jump

5. Backward inside three-turns

6. Backward inside spirals

7. Backward outside spirals

Advanced 4 (Freestyle 5 equivalent)

1.Lutz jump

2.Axel jump

3.Back scratch spin

4.Combination spin – camel,sit,upright

5.Forward Choctaw (outside/inside)

6.Forward Bracket (outside/inside)

Adult Beginner

Starting with Adult Beginning class, beginners will progress at an individual rate while being challenged and motivated. Learn the basic elements of forward, backward, turns and stops before advancing to more challenging skating moves. 

Tuesday: 6:15pm-7:15pm

Saturday: 9:45am-10:45am

Adult Intermediate

These classes cover the same skills as the youth Beginner 3 to Intermediate 3 classes, but geared toward an adult learning style

Tuesday: 6:15pm-7:15pm

Saturday: 9:45am-10:45am

Adult Advanced

These classes cover the same skills as the youth Advanced 1 to Advanced 4 classes, but geared toward an adult learning style

Tuesday: 6:15pm-7:15pm

Saturday: 9:45am-10:45am

Adult Skating (ages 16+)

No experience necessary – beginner through advanced welcome. Learn the basics to enjoy recreational skating or develop a solid foundation for learning more advanced skills. 

Adult Synchronized Skating Team

Synchronized skating or "synchro" is a specialized discipline of skating involving groups of eight or more skaters performing various group formations and maneuvers. The objective is for the team to perform as one unit executing circles, blocks, lines, wheels and intersections in unison to the music, while demonstrating quality edges, power and flow.


5:45 - 6:45 AM - IceSymmetrics

6:45 - 8:00 AM - Cold Fusion


For more information, please email Glenn Martin.

Youth Hockey Lessons

Hockey 1 = Saturday 10:45 -11:45am

Hockey 2 & 3 = Thursday 5:45p-6:30p

Hockey 2 & 3 = Saturday 8:00 - 8:45am

Important Information

  • It is recommended, but not required,  that new students skate one time before their lesson to become accustomed to the ice and determine the proper size of skates.

  • On the first day all students should arrive at least 30 (thirty) minutes before class.

  • The first day is about organization for all of us and you and getting all of the skaters in to the correct class and/or level. This often can take a week or two to accomplish.

  • Please tie the skates tightly and firmly. Skates run true to shoe size. A skate that is too big is never advisable.

  • All Skating Class students (Children and Adults) should wear warm clothing, gloves and clothes that allow them to move easily on the ice. Helmets are always welcome, especially for children six and under

  • While we all want our skaters to start working on those doubles and triple jumps as soon as possible, please remember that a good, solid foundation comes first. Every coach on staff has excellent qualifications and many have made this a lifelong career. We all work in different ways to achieve the same results.

  • Please do not block the doors to the ice. It impedes the flow of traffic for the skaters and coaches entering and exiting AND can be quite dangerous too. The doors should be closed at all times.

  • Please do not interrupt the instructors while they are working.

  • PLEASE NOTE: Under no circumstances are Parents/Caregivers allowed on the ice during the lesson/practice time (with or without skates!)

  • Skate rental is not included in the enrollment price. A discounted book of rental tickets may be purchased from the cashier.


What should my child wear?

Proper attire is important. The skating school recommends gloves and a warm sweater.


Parking Options:

Dalziel Garage Free parking is available for all OIC patrons at the Dalziel Garage on 15th Street between San Pablo and Clay Streets (1 block from the rink—see map below)

  • Parking is FREE with validation on Monday through Friday from 4:00PM-1:00AM, and Saturdays from 8:00AM-1:00AM

Please make sure to request validation upon entering the garage in  order to receive free parking during these hours.

18th & San Pablo Surface Lot:  Parking is available in this lot for up to four hours, for a fee of $4 per hour.  PARKING IS FREE IN THIS LOT ON SUNDAY.

Street Parking:  Metered 2-hour parking is enforced around our building on    Friday until 6pm and Saturday from 8am to 6pm. STREET PARKING AFTER THESE HOURS AND ON SUNDAY IS FREE