Welcome to the Viking Skating Club
We are a non-profit club serving Boston North Shore skaters of all ages and experiences who enjoy the recreation, fun, and achievement of figure skating.
Our home rink is the Rockett Arena in the O'Keefe Center at Salem State University.
Viking Skating Club is a well established ISI (Ice Sports Industry) club that is focused on building confidence and friendships through excellent instruction in a lifetime activity, figure skating. We focus on both the individual skater's needs while building strong peer support through the club.
Our philosophy and vision is to have "complete" skaters. Complete means our skaters learn skills from our top professionals, and they learn and appreciate how to support each other and the team. When we participate in competitions, our skaters are as happy for their teammates, as they are for themselves. In our weekly lessons. we see the more experienced skaters helping others, and everyone giving support.
Skating is fun, and the environment at Viking reflects the enjoyment and accomplishment through skating!
Ice Sports Industry
Viking Skating Club is a member of ISI which is dedicated to providing leadership, education, programming and services to the ice sports community.
ISI is an international industry association encompassing all aspects of the ice sports industry. Founded in 1959 as a nonprofit organization for owners, operators and developers of ice skating facilities, ISI also created America’s original learn-to-skate program and has introduced more than 10 million individuals to the wonderful world of ice skating.
Lisa has been a member of Viking’s Professional Staff for 24 years. Lisa began skating in 1972. She was a member of both USFSA and ISIA. During her competitive career, she competed in numerous competitions throughout the New England area in Figures, Freestyle and also Synchronized (Precision) Team Skating and performed in numerous shows. She started teaching at Viking in 1997 and in 2000 she became the Club’s Show Director. In 2008, Lisa became the Director of Skating at Viking. Lisa is a Professional Member of ISI, is an ISI Gold Certified Judge, a Certified Synchronized Skating Judge and is a member of the Professional Skaters Association. In addition to her skating career, she is also a Paralegal at a North Shore Law Firm.
Mandy has been a member of the Viking Professional coaching staff for 12 years and began skating with Viking over 20 years ago. She competed at numerous ISI competitions throughout New England during her competitive career as well as performed in several shows. While in high school, Mandy was the co-captain of the Beverly High School Figure Skating Team. Mandy attended the University of Connecticut and received a degree in Health Economics and Healthcare Management Studies. While at UConn, she was the Vice President of the UConn Figure Skating Club and acted as a substitute coach at Viking during winter and spring breaks. Mandy is a Professional ISI member as well as a Gold Certified Judge. In addition to coaching skating, Mandy also works for a health insurance company in Boston as the Director of Financial Underwriting
Diana returned to Viking’s Professional Staff in 2014 previously coaching at Viking for 13 years and professionally for 18 years. Diana began skating at the age of 6 and grew up skating at Viking. During her professional career, Diana was a member of both ISI and USFSA. Diana was an ISI Freestyle 8 skater, USFSA Junior level skater and passed all of her Moves in the Field tests. She has competed in various competitions throughout the New England area. Diana is a Professional Member of ISI, an ISI Silver Certified Judge and a member of the Professional Skaters Association. Diana attended Bridgewater State College where she received a degree in English and Secondary Education and is now working as an Executive Assistant for a pharmaceutical company in Boston.
Learn to Skate
The Viking Skating Club wants your skater to have a wonderful experience at our club. The following hints may help:
Please use single blade skates (either figure or hockey skates). No double runner blades will be allowed. Note: Skates are NOT available for rental at the rink.
Bicycle or hockey helmet. (Beginning skaters 7 and under will not be allowed on the ice without a helmet; the Skating Director will exercise complete discretion for skaters over 7. No helmets are available at the rink, you must bring a helmet).
Wear warm clothing, including gloves or mittens. Note: For safety reasons, “fuzzy” mittens, or any fabric that sheds fur, sparkles, feathers, sequins, etc. will not be allowed on the ice.
Use hand/toe warmers. Note: These are usually available for sale at the VSC Boutique on Saturdays.
Make sure skates are laced properly. If you have a question, a member of the Viking Skating Club Professional Staff would be happy to help you.
Club teaching philosophy prohibits the use of milk crates or other early learner upright supports. Our experience is that skaters will develop exponentially faster without these aids.
Group lessons are structured as 20 minute lesson and a 40 minute practice. In December, things change up a bit: if your skater participates in our end of the season show, the lesson structure would be 20 minute lesson, 20 minute show practice, and 20 minute free skate practice. If your skater chooses not to participate in the show, then the lesson structure would be 20 minute lesson, 20 minute session with Mentor assistance to work on recently learned skills, and 20 minute free skate practice. Lessons begin promptly at their scheduled time; if you are late, no make-ups are given. Our Team of Mentors are available during practice time to work with skaters on their developing skills and to play group games. Sometimes, the skaters do not want help, they want to try their new skills independently. This is fine as well.
Skaters in the first hour (8:30-9:30 a.m.) should arrive at the rink between 8:00-8:10 a.m. so that they will have their skates on and be able to take to the ice at 8:30. Lessons take place as follows:
- 1st 20 minutes: Tots / 2nd 20 minutes: Pre-Alpha / 3rd 20 minutes: Alpha & Beta
Skaters in the second hour (9:30-10:30 a.m.) should arrive at the rink no later than 9:00 a.m.
Parents are not allowed on the ice at any time during the group sessions. If you have a question or concern, please see one of our Board Members and they will direct the question or concern to the Skating Director
Our Professional Staff is available for semi-private and private lessons. Each coach maintains their own schedule and fee for a lesson. Skaters are also responsible for the freestyle ice charge. For more information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Viking Freestyle Ice is for private lessons and is practice ice for skaters at least 13 years old who have passed Freestyle 1 or above.
Link to Freestyle Ice Contract
$12 for ½ hour
$24 for full hour
Reduced rate for session contract ice, complete the Freestyle Ice Contract
* In an addition to ice time, skaters must pay their professional coach
All skaters must be either ISI or USFS members.
All coaches must be either ISI or USFS certified
All coaches must present a Certificate of Insurance before they can enter the ice.
Calendar and Important Dates
Viking Skating Club holds an annual Competition. We will update specifics as schedules are established.
Viking has an Annual Show that is usually held in early March. As schedules are still being established, please enjoy the video segments from past shows.