Activities Sports & Athletics How to Become a Figure Skater Share PINTEREST Email Print Boy Figure Skaters. David Handley / Dorling Kindersley / Getty Images Sports & Athletics Skating Basics History Gear Lessons 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 March 17, 2017 Do you want to get an idea of what's involved in becoming a figure skater? Before you begin to skate, there are things you should know. Those interested in figure skating should be aware that not all ice arenas are the same. Ice Skating Is Fun!People of all ages participate in ice skating. Step-by-Step Beginning Ice Skating LessonThere are certain things new skaters learn in beginning ice skating lessons. Register for Ice Skating LessonsGroup ice skating lessons cover many figure skating basics and are a good way to get started in the sport. Dress Like a Figure SkaterCertain types of clothes should be worn by figure skaters. Buy SkatesRental skates are okay to use if you just want to try out ice skating, but if you are serious about learning to figure skate, it is essential that you buy good boots and blades. How to Lace Figure SkatesFigure skates must be laced correctly. Take Some Private Figure Skating LessonsGroup lessons will get you started with mastering figure skating basics, but private lessons are required for those who wish to advance at the sport. Set a Practice, Lesson, and Training ScheduleTo improve at figure skating, a skater must practice regularly. When you first begin to figure skate, you do not have to join a figure skating club, but as a skater advances, there is a time when joining a figure skating club becomes necessary. Take Figure Skating TestsThe figure skating test structure may be confusing to those new to ice skating. There are two different ice skating associations in the United States and there are competitive and test programs that are available to figure skaters of all ages and levels.