Basingstoke Ice
Skating Club

Frequently Asked Questions 

  • I'm new to all this. Where can i find out more about skating, lessons, levels and the pathways in skating? 
There is a lot of information on the NISA website as well as the Planet Ice Basingstoke website: to make life easier, the club has produced a useful document that you can download here that covers various skating levels and how to learn/achieve them. 
BISC has adapted a "Parent's guide to Skating" from an older NISA document: it's had a couple of sections updated with more current advice to reflect the changes in scoring, boot tech, safeguarding and coaching.  Although over a decade old, the main advice inside is still highly relevant. 
We have also created a "skating pathway" chart below that shows how all the levels fit together and where our club fits in, complementing at every stage. Download a PDF here of the chart.

  • What are your club ice classes?
See our club ice page for more details on the content. Put simply, they are a great way to enhance current skills or compliment existing formal instruction. They are not a Learn to Skate course. Planet Ice Basingstoke runs Skate Excellence courses for beginners and you can also learn 1-1 from one of the coaches listed on our website. 
  • What level am I/is my child at?/What proof do I need to bring to prove my level?
There are a number of different types you can bring provide evidence of level. 

NISA Learn to Skate/Skate Excellence

Signed Record of Achievement or certificate: highest level certificate please. Examples below of Learn To Skate Documents.


NISA Skate UK Star Registration Document/Passport

Signed Registration Document or highest certificate (these are only available from NISA). Achieved via 1-1 lessons with a private coach.

Any other certificate issued by the rink (often on public group courses) is NOT the same level as NISA Skate UK Star.

NISA Skating Tests

Test pass slip or test certificate (issued a few weeks after your test)


For any other questions please use the Contact page or log into the Club website and send a message directly to a committee member.

Skaters may be required to purchase a black leotard and overboot tights but this will be confirmed nearer the time.
Skaters may be required to purchase a black leotard and overboot tights but this will be confirmed nearer the time.
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