Activities Sports & Athletics Swizzles Help New Skaters Learn to Move Across the Ice Share PINTEREST Email Print Photo by LWA/Dann Tardif / Blend Images / Getty Images Sports & Athletics Skating Lessons Basics History Gear Famous Skaters Inline Skating Baseball Basketball Bicycling Billiards Bodybuilding Bowling Boxing Car Racing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Football Golf Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skateboarding Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Other Activities Learn More By Jo Ann Schneider Farris Jo Ann Schneider Farris was a silver medalist in junior ice dancing at the 1975 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships and is the author of two books on skating our editorial process Jo Ann Schneider Farris Updated October 11, 2017 Swizzles make the shape of a fish or football on the ice and are done on two feet and on inside edges. The move helps beginning ice skaters learn how to move and glide forward or backward across the ice and swizzles also help new skaters gain confidence as they use their knees to make their blades glide over the ice. In roller skating, Swizzles are called "scissors." Some ice skating schools call swizzles "fishes." Some ice skating rinks use the word "sculling" when referring to "swizzles." Swizzles Help New Figure Skaters Learn to Stroke All figure skaters should master forward swizzles before beginning to learn and master forward stroking and gliding on one foot. How to Do Swizzles First put your blades together with heels touching in a "V" position. On inside edges, push outward, then inward to make your toes touch. You should make the shape of a fish on the ice and have now done a forward swizzle or scissors. Repeat by doing several forward swizzles in a row. Now try going backward. Reverse the process, starting with your toes together on inside edges, move outward, then inward so your heels touch again. As you make the move, make sure to bend your knees. Swizzle Tip #1: The Rocking Horse Move Helps Skaters Master Swizzles The rocking horse move is a fun and easy move that helps new ice skaters master swizzles and also helps skaters get used to gliding forward or backward on two feet. To do the rocking horse, simply do a forward swizzle and then a backward swizzle over and over again. Young children especially enjoy doing the rocking horse ice skating exercise. Adults find the rocking horse move useful as they get used to the feel of skating blades moving over the ice. Swizzle Tip #2: Swizzles Are Done on Inside Edges It is common for new ice skaters to struggle with swizzles because some skaters have a difficult time getting their feet to move forward or backward on inside edges. To make swizzles work, both blades must be pressed to the inside throughout the entire move. Don't Get Discouraged: Swizzles Take Practice Some new figure skaters may get discouraged or frustrated when they first learn how to do swizzles. It is very common for new ice skaters to give up when they can't bring their toes or heels completely together at first. When frustration sets in, relax and allow the feet to glide. In time, and with practice, swizzles will become easier to do. Don't give up!