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How To Get Started Figure Skating

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In your first figure skating lesson, you will learn how to fall properly.

In your first figure skating lesson, you will learn how to fall properly.

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Getting started in figure skating is simple. Most ice arenas offer weekly group lessons that usually run from six to twelve weeks. These group lessons cover many figure skating basics.

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Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: No specific time is required for this task.

Here's How:

  1. Register in advance.

    Most Learn-to-Skate classes require advance registration. Visit or call your local ice rink to inquire about their registration procedures.

  2. Before the first day of your skating class, decide what to wear.

    Sweatpants, a jacket or sweater, ordinary socks, and gloves are the only clothing required.

  3. Arrive at the rink at least thirty minutes before your scheduled group lesson time.

    It takes time to get ready for figure skating. You must allow time to put on your skates, your gloves, use the restroom, and find your instructor. Don't arrive at the rink at the last minute, or you'll miss part of your skating class.

  4. After you have checked in at the rink's front desk, go to the skate rental counter and get a pair of figure skates.

    Make sure your skates fit properly and that you have tied your skates correctly. Don't be afraid to ask someone who works at the rink for help with this.

  5. Once you are ready, go near the ice rink's entry door and meet your instructor.

    You may find you need some assistance walking to the ice!

  6. Once you have learned the basic skills, you can continue in group lessons and supplement group lessons with private figure skating instruction.

    Your instructor will teach you the figure skating basic skills. To advance and improve in figure skating, you should now consider private lessons and choose a private lesson coach.

  7. Practice, practice, practice!

    The only way to improve at figure skating is to practice. Supplement every lesson with at least one hour of practice. Remember, the more time you spend on the ice the better skater you will become.

Tips:

  1. Skate rental is usually included in the cost of Learn-to-Skate classes, so it is not necessary to buy figure skates immediately.

  2. Sweatpants, a jacket or sweater, ordinary socks, and gloves are the only clothing required. A helmet or hat is optional. If you want to wear a skating or dance dress, that is fine, but don't forget gloves and a sweater. Wear beige colored tights under a skating dress.

  3. Make sure your hair is away from the face. Girls could put their hair in a ponytail or in braids.

What You Need

  • Figure Skates
  • Warm Clothing
  • Gloves or Mittens
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