Info for 2009 Season
The Geocities web hosting service is closing this October. My new web site, which is mostly already built, will move to this address.
Remember private and semi-private, or daytime lessons can be arranged any time we're both free. Schedule to the right is for groups - email or call to join and register.
Posted Aug 5th
No lessons weekend of Aug 7-9, at a race in Wisconsin. Join groups in progress Friday evening Aug 14th and Aug 15th all morning
Posted July 8th
Wednesday I won the Canada Day 1/2 Marathon in Cambridge outright. Also had an article published today
Posted June 20th We will be holding our second skate on Hamilton Beach trail June 21st. You can join the TBN 15km, 30km and marathon races there. I will be teaching an intermediate class on and beside the trail at around 11:00am. Meet at picnic table 9:25am.
Posted June 15th: We did our first Hamilton Beach skate this year. Six of our students made it out in abolutely exquisite weather and everyone claimed to have had a super time on that most excellent trail.
Posted June 12: And I'll be skating on the Hamilton Beach trail Sunday morning. If you want to meet me, I'll be wearing the blue and orange TISC jersey and be moving along. I'm available for a lesson in Hamilton late Sunday morning. And for private lessons weekdays much of the time.
To get to Hamilton Beach trail, simply take QEW west to Eastport exit. Just keep driving straight on Eastport, then look for the parking,on your left after you cross the green and orange lift bridge, about one mile.
Next Intro Group Class for Beginners
Saturday August 1st at 1:30pm.
June 6/7 The Flying Fossils had a great race in the Montreal 24 hour-we didn't beat the top elite men's teams, but did demolish both International elite women's teams (we're more than twice their age some of us 3x) and came in 7th out of around 100 teams.
Posted May 19th: I loved skating in Montreal, got in a great 50km training session on Friday and had some gas in my race Sunday. I won my age division and had a decent overall result. Facilities there are so superior to Toronto. vel as you. No need to be self
Answers to the most common FAQs for the beginner intro classes:
You will require helmet, skates and all protective gear. No exceptions. I have some for rent if you need it.
Group beginner or Never Ever classes are held near College and Lansdowne, in western downtown Toronto. Some are held at a schoolyard near Bloor & Bathurst. Map and details to follow after you have committed to attend. There are other venues at other times, but they're all clustered around downtown Toronto.
If there are a minimum of 4 skaters, the class will run for 1 3/4 hour and will cost $30* each on PayPal, otherwise $35. Subsequent classes will be $20 and last an hour.
Classes are cancelled if it is raining.
Generally you can learn all the techniques necessary to advance to intermediate level in about 6 lessons. This can vary depending on your aptitude and how much you practise.
Great vacation in southern California - skated daily in relentless good weather. Missed all the rain here. Also skated many laps of the Circuit in Montreal Sunday. Regular classes resume this week/weekend
Posted July 14th
With summer season there are many more requests for private lessons and daytime lessons. Call or preferably email to reserve a slot for your private lesson.
Restarted my training pgm last week and managed a 50km skate in Hamilton Sunday with Peter Von Rhijn. We were really flying, mostly thanks to Peter, so I'm getting confident about being in shape for the Montreal 24 hour race in early September.
Posted July 5th
The second Street/Trail/Practical skills clinic of the year was held this morning. There should be skaters ready for another one on July 20th.
And the first intermediate level class of the season has been scheduled for Friday 6:30pm on July 11th. We'll be covering backward movement, crossover turns and scooter turns.
Posted June 6th
With increased demand, I'm scheduling more introductory lessons for beginners, and longer lessons (Never Evers), at discounts compared to regular group rates of $20/hr.
Posted May 26th
The first Street Skills Clinic of the year was held this weekend, with formerly timid skaters rolling over drains, flying down hills, hopping up curbs and jumping off them. Afterward, I received this wonderful email from one of the participants:
I would like to say that your classes have been amazing in terms of how far you have been able to bring me in sooooooo short a time. The detail you go into and the way you present it has been nothing but joy to me. I can't state i more strongly ...... you are an amazing teacher and have enabled me to progress from zero to total confidence in a few short weeks. Thank you.
Saturday, I finished second overall, by a fraction of a second and first in my age group in the half-marathon race in Detroit
Posted April 21th
First big weekend of the year. I'm scheduling the first Never Ever Class for this Sunday. No need to feel pressure or embarassment because you've never done it before. Everyone in the class will be like you - absolute novices.
Posted March 25th
I attended the Bike Show this month (worked at the City of Toronto Cycling Committee booth) and bought several lovely new helmets for this season's rentals.
I still haven't inline skated outdoors for obvious reasons, but just came back from three days of Cross-country skiing in the Laurentians. I've been regularly ice skating at Varsity arena as well, and once a week on short track ice speed skates at the Ice Galaxy. Even got in a few good workouts on Grenadier Pond (High Park) on the Nordic Blades. I used them in a 50km race on the ice of Great Rideau Lake in January.
Or call or email to make an appointment for your private lesson alone or with family and friends.
Short track videos end of indoor season
rent with lessons.
On May 31 at 4:15 there's a class for people who have never been on skates at all before (Never Evers) and want the most basic instruction surrounded by others at the same level of experience. No need to feel self-conscious. We'll cheer the smallest gains. I can provide all pads and skates. (Cost for full rental and 1 3/4 hour class - $45, without rentals $30
near Bloor/Bathurst) Email for details
I train regularly on the Hamilton Beach Trail on Sunday mornings and am then available to give skating lessons there, starting around 10:30am. Please call or email for details.
|Professional Inline Skate Instruction In Toronto
IISA & USSG Certified Level 2 Inline Skating Instructor
|Name: Stephen A. Fisher|
|Talking to grade school kids about inline safety at Road & Rail Safety Day|
|Demonstrating the lunge stop. Skidding left to right across your computer screen.|
|Tel: 416-531-7600 (it's 6 or
7 rings for voice mail-hang in)
| INTRODUCTORY GROUP
Tuesday, July 1st, 9:30am
Holiday Intro class for beginners One hour 30 minutes. Cost $30.
To register just Email
|ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
I'm Stephen Fisher, an experienced Level 2 IISA & USSG internationally certified inline skate instructor, the only one active in the Toronto area. I provide lessons privately or in groups covering core skills from absolute beginner to expert, with a strong focus on individual attention, student safety, and achievable goals.
I'm also a certified CAN-BIKE instructor, a programme for teaching safe and assertive cycling in an urban environment, the only person certified at both. I am certified as Level 1 technical ice speedskating coach.
For thel last five or six years, as my avocation, 've been focusing on inline speedskating, and have been attending races all over North America where I am very competitive in my age group
I was a member of the Toronto Cycling Committee from 1996 to 2004, nominated by Toronto City Council. I was co-chair with Jack Layton and with Olivia Chow from 2000 - 2004. I know the Toronto trail system cold.
Located in downtown Toronto.
|If the dates above appear stale, just email for the latest class times. I can't always update the site until after the weekends|
|URBAN/STREET/TRAIL SKILLS Clinic
(near Bloor & Bathurst)
Street/Trail & Practical Skills
Hill strategies & technique, grass stops, sidewalk jumping, traffic strategies, TTC tracks, drains.
Followed by a skate on Southern Ont's best rec trail, the Hamilton Beach trail.
Email to register for this class.
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Please note new web site taking effect this October!!!
Introductory Group Beginner Class
This late in the season I will not be chosing the time for group intro classes. If you are a beginner and want to start learning to skate, please email me with times that you are available. I will try to find partners to share the fee with you. Individual classes are $60 for one skater,, two skaters $30 each, 3 or more skaters $20 each per hour. It is recommended to book an hour and 20 minutes or hour and a half for your first class.
( West Toronto Collegiate- duration 1 hr cost for group classes -$20/skater)
DEVELOPING BEGINNER GROUP CLASSES
Striding drills, turns and stops
(also Aug 14th 7:05pm)
ADVANCED BEGINNER GROUP CLASS
Spin-stops, parallel turns
URBAN STREET/TRAIL SKILLS
Next class will be scheduled based on registrations received.
(near Bloor & Bathurst)
Street/Trail & Practical Skills
Hill strategies & technique, grass stops, sidewalk jumping, traffic strategies, TTC tracks, drains. Starting in Mid-June
Call or email now to register for this class.
(Please email or call for details)
West Toronto Collegiate
Class will include crossover turns, backwards movement and lunge turns, slaloms
Starting June 21st 12:30pm
(Please call or email to register)
"Intro 2 Inline"
This sesson is for kids who can skate a little
Safety first. Striding, turning and stopping techniques.
These start once there are sufficient requests, so get your name in
(Please email or call to register)