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Every holiday season, Downtown Santa Monica brings a little ice skating to the beachside community and transforms the corner of Fifth Street and Arizona Avenue into Ice at Santa Monica, a premier outdoor ice skating rink.
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Ice Skating Lessons

Ice at Santa Monica is thrilled to have The Randy Gardner School of Skating providing lessons with experienced professionals for skaters of all skill levels. Designed and presented by U.S. and World Pair Champion Randy Gardner, the school of skating offers an on-ice program for the recreational skater to the more seasoned skater, as well as those who would like to have private lessons in a pleasant and easy atmosphere.

 

Signing up for skate classes or private lessons:  

 

To book private lessons with individual coaches, please use the link following their bios. For group classes, use the link following the class description. Classes are limited. 

 

By enrolling in classes or private lessons you agree to the terms and conditions set forth in the Waiver and Release Agreement included here. Please download the form and complete it before arriving at the rink. 

 

We will always try to accommodate your choice of coach, however, there may be unforeseen changes in the schedule where your coach becomes unavailable for your prescribed time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

Randy Gardner 

Creator of the Randy Gardner School Of Skating; member of the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame; five-time U.S. Pair Skating Champion with Tai Babilonia and World Pair Champion; two-time Olympian; producer, director and choreographer of skating shows worldwide; and member coach of U.S. Figure Skating and Professional Skaters Association – Category A.

 

Schedule a lesson with Randy here. 

 

Lisa Capri

Over 15 years of competitive skating experience and five years coaching at Ice at Santa Monica; Master Junior National Ladies Showcase Silver Medalist; three-time ISI World Champion; four-time Southwest competitor and currently competing at the Platinum Level. Still actively training and competing, she has worked under the tutelage of Randy Gardner for the past 9.5 years. Lisa has experiencing teaching all ages and all levels for over 15 years. 

 

Schedule a lesson with Lisa here. 

  

Jennifer Don 

 

National, International and World Junior medalist in singles and pairs; World Junior Bronze Medalist in pairs; U.S. National Collegiate Champion in singles; National Champion of Taiwan in singles. Jennifer teaches first time skaters to elite level competitors and has 15 years of coaching experience. She holds an elected position as a member of the Athlete Advisory Committee for U.S. Figure Skating. 

 

Schedule a lesson with Jennifer here.

 

Keauna McLaughlin

Three-time U.S. National Pairs Champion and featured pro skater on ABC's "Skating With The Stars," Keauna has over 23 years of experience. 

Schedule a lesson with Keauna here.

 

Heather McLaughlin 

 

With 25 years of teaching experience, Heather has been a U.S. Open Professional Challenge Cup Champion, a USFS Freestyle Gold Medalist and international coach and choreographer. She was also a soloist with the Ice Theater of New York.

Schedule a lesson with Heather here

 

Ben Blandford

Ben is a Gold Medalist in Freestyle and Ice Dance and a principal performer on the international ice show circuit. He has 17 years of experience teaching all ages and abilities. 

Schedule a lesson with Ben here

 

Randy Gardner School of Skating is offering group skating classes for all levels of skaters.

 

For the beginner, learn forward and backward skating, two-foot glides, curves, balance over the skates for safe and comfortable progression across the ice and basic coordination to give the feel of accomplishment and freedom while skating. 

 

For the slightly more advanced recreational skater, learn how to go faster on the ice, turn from front to back with ease, basic stops, edges, two-foot or one-foot turns and basic fundamentals for a safe and enjoyable time on the ice.

 

Sundays

9 a.m. — 9:30 a.m. 

Register for classes here.