Frequently Asked Questions?
Ready to skate but have a few questions? We have the answers below.
We don’t discriminate due to race, creed, color, religion, or sexual orientation.
I’m a beginner beginner. Is this class for me?
We take pride in working with everyone especially beginners and those coming back from a long hiatus. Our team of experts will give you the individual attention that you need.
Do I need my own skates?
We have skate rentals at most locations. Please email us your skate size at least 48 hours before your class as we only have limited sizes available.
Where are you located?
We host our classes in several locations in New York -- Brooklyn, Queens, Seaford LI, Hempstead LI.
Can we pay at the door?
Monday Classes - Walk-ins are allowed.
Saturday Classes - Buy your tickets online at Eventbrite.
Sunday Classes - Membership Only.
Tuesday "Let it Flow" class you can buy your ticket on evenbrite.
How much does a membership cost?
6 months - $75 1 year - $150
Then the Sunday classes are free.
Do we need protective gear?
Yes. All students need to have wristguards, elbow pads, and knee pads. We recommend new skaters wear full protective gear.
Wearing protective gear makes most skaters feel more confident which makes learning to skate easier and more fun. For recreational or rink skating the Triple 8 Savers Series gives you padding without bulk.
What kind of skates are for beginners? Indoor skates or outdoor skates?
Any skate can be an indoor skate or an outdoor skate depending on whether it has indoor or outdoor wheels.
Indoor wheels are harder and meant to be skated on a smooth surface. The harder the indoor wheel, the more slide you will have. There are two main shapes of indoor wheels: small, narrow, hard wheels for dancing and skate parks and wider derby wheels with a hub. For beginning dance and park skating, we recommend the Bones Team, Radar Riva, or SG Fame wheels. For beginning derby, we recommend the Bones Pet Day of the Dead, Radar Halo, or Atom Savant wheels.
Outdoor wheels are softer and meant to roll smooth over uneven surfaces. The bigger outdoor wheels make for softer, smoother ride but will also be slower. The smaller outdoor wheels will have more agility but you will be able to feel more of the uneven surface under your feet. We recommend big and soft wheels for beginner outdoor skaters like the Moxi outdoor, SG Boardwalk, and Bones Miami.
Do you offer online classes?
Yes, we do. Online classes are held via Zoom for beginners and intermediates.
Do you offer classes for children?
We do not offer classes for kids at this time. You must be 18 and older to participate.
Are classes refundable or transferable?
Classes are transferable for our Saturday and Tuesday classes. Not for our private lessons.
What are your Covid-19 policies?
Masks are optional. Everyone is welcome in our classroom regardless of their vaccination status.
ABOUT MEMBERSHIP AND CLASSES AT ST. JOHN'S RECREATION CENTER
What is the process for signing up at St. John’s?
First, become a member and then register for the upcoming cycle to get free skate classes.
How much is St. John's membership?
$75 for 6 months, $150 for 1 year.
What is included on the membership?
FREE Skate Classes, Use of pool, computer room and gym.
What's next after getting a membership?
You must register for the FREE Skate classes. Registration is every 6 weeks.
If Im already a member, do I need to register every after cycle?
Yes, registration should be done every 6 weeks if you want to continue attending skate classes.
What If I didn't register?
Even if you're a member, if you dont register, you cant join the classes.
Can I be put on the waitlist?
Yes, please visit the center to be put on their waitlist.
Are slots limited?
Yes, first come first serve basis. If slots are full, you can ask to be on the waitlist for next cycle.
Can I register online or over the phone?
No. You must register in person.
Who run SKATEROBICS?
Skaterobics program is run by NYC Parks and Recreation.