Ice is nothing more than water that won't let people swim in it. Teach stubborn liquid a lesson with today's Groupon: for $45, you get an eight-week learn-to-ice-skate package at Indiana/World Skating Academy (up to a $102 value).
At Indiana/World Skating Academy, skaters glissade across the frozen flatlands of a dual-rink facility during intensive training sessions. After lacing up a pair of skates, athletes of all ages can coast across the rink's slick icescape, performing figure eights or practicing cursive. Classes split into four levels based on age and skill, beginning with Snowplow Sam for tots, which teaches standing, gliding, and hopping on the ice. The basic level for ages 6–12 years introduces young skaters to forward and backward swizzles, bunny hops, ballet jumps, and never-ending spirals. Adult skate covers the strokes, jumps, and spirals taught in the basic level for new and advanced skaters older than 13, whereas free skate covers a variety of freestyle moves, from the half-flip and Lutz jump to the triple Lindy.
Participation in the class automatically grants membership in the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills program, which includes an official membership card and clothing patch, a record book with progress stickers, sport-accident insurance, and the basic-skills edition of Skating magazine. Snacks are available for purchase at the rink-side deli to refuel skaters who become depleted after traversing the same frosted floors that are used to train champion figure skaters, hockey players, and Special Olympics athletes. The facility's coin-operated lockers keep valuables and Wayne Gretzky bobbleheads safe as skaters perfect their moves.
Indiana/World Skating Academy
Plopped in downtown Indianapolis across from the Indiana Convention Center, Indiana/World Skating Academy fosters skills for winter sports on a pair of NHL-size rinks. I/WSA's coaches, whose instruction has helped produce regional, national, and world-class competitors, direct the facility's programs, including learn-to-skate courses designed for skaters with varying levels of experience. In addition to skating, the facility also offers private rink rentals as well as opportunities for speed skating, broomball, and adult hockey leagues. Off the ice, the academy offers less slippery activities, such as weight training, aerobics, jazz, and ballet. A rinkside deli open during public-skating hours keeps legs primed, and an onsite pro shop keeps equipment bags stuffed with the latest gear.