Ice skating lessons
generally provide new ice skaters with a valuable set of tools and
principles that they will use for years to come. Can a person learn
to ice skate without taking ice skating lessons? Yes, we know a
great deal of people that have learned to ice skate on their own.
Even though it is possible to learn to ice skate without formal
instruction, we recommend new skaters take ice skating lessons when
There are many
advantages to taking ice skating lessons. First, you will learn the
correct ice skating techniques. Second, you will have someone to
observe your movements to make sure you are skating correctly.
Third, you will likely learn to ice skate much quicker. Finally,
along with many of the other advantages of ice skating lessons, you will avoid forming bad habits
that will hinder you from reaching your ice skating potential.
People that desire to
take ice skating lessons will normally have options for the type of
lessons they choose. For example, some rinks offer private ice
skating lessons. If you are not a total beginner, and/or would like
to learn how to perform various
figure skating moves, private
ice skating lessons may work best for you. With private ice skating
lessons, you will get the one-on-one attention that can help you
rapidly improve your ice skating skills. You will also more quickly
perfect the various moves associated with ice skating. If you are
not a beginner and are serious about learning to ice skate (and can
afford the lessons) private ice skating lessons are the way to go.
The major drawback for some people is the cost; private ice skating
lessons are normally much more expensive.
If you are not as
advanced, you may be interested in taking group ice skating lessons.
Group ice skating lessons are normally the best overall choice for
beginners. Group ice skating lessons are less expensive than private
or semi-private ice skating lessons. Also, rinks that offer group
ice skating lessons often offer discounts on skates, future lessons,
skating time, etc. Group ice skating lessons provides you with an
excellent option to help you determine whether or not ice skating is
for you. On the flip side, during group ice skating lessons you will
receive very little individual skating instructions. Also, you will
likely have less of a choice regarding the time you attend the ice
skating lessons. You will be at the mercy of the schedule set forth
by the ice rink for the group ice skating lessons.
Another opportunity to
learn to ice skate is to take semi-private ice skating lessons.
Semi-private ice skating lessons are often taken in addition to
private or group ice skating lessons. With semi-private ice skating
lessons you will learn skating techniques quicker, and on a more
personal level than with group ice skating lessons. Why would anyone
want to take semi-private ice skating lessons? Semi-private ice
skating lessons offer more individual instruction time. Instead of
20 people taking ice skating lessons, you may only have four or
five. Additionally, semi-private ice skating lessons will save you
money, since these lessons are normally cheaper than private ice
Many rinks and arenas offer ice
skating lessons. We encourage you to take advantage of our
Skating Rinks locator to help you find a rink that offers ice
skating lessons near you