Learn the Basic Costs of Private Ice Skating Lessons

Cost of Private Figure Skating Instruction

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Picking the right ice skating coach is a huge part of private lessons. The Catcher Photography / Getty Images

If you're thinking about learning how to ice skate, you'll want to consider the costs involved before you begin. For beginners, group lessons are probably the best way to go because they're relatively inexpensive and the cost of instruction, equipment, and ice time are usually included. But if you harbor dreams of becoming a competitive figure skater, you're looking at thousands of dollars over time. Either way, here are some costs to consider if you want to learn to ice skate.

Group Lessons

Many ice rinks offer group lessons for kids and adults, ranging in skill from novice to advanced. The instructors are typically employed by the rink or are independent contractors who have been hired by the facility to teach. Students may have to demonstrate ability in order to register for advanced group lessons but in general, these kinds of ice skating lessons are open to anyone. Some rinks charge per lesson, while others charge for a series of classes. Depending on where you live and how popular skating is, expect to pay about $10 to $20 per lesson (which includes rink admission and skate rental).

Private Lessons

For more advanced students, private lessons may be a better option, especially if you plan to compete as an amateur. These skating lessons are usually done on a one-on-one basis and cost considerably more. Hiring an ice skating coach is by far the greatest expense because you're paying for someone's time and expertise. Costs vary widely. Expect to pay at least $50 to $100 per hour or more, depending on the level of instruction and the coach's expertise.

On top of the coach's fee, you'll also have to rent ice time at a rink. Cost is largely dependant on whether you're renting the entire facility for practice (something competitive skaters often do) or just working with a private coach during public ice hours. In the latter case, expect to pay anywhere from $5 to $15 or more for rink access. If you're renting the entire arena, you could pay $100 or considerably more.

Bear in mind that figure skating coaches usually are independent contractors and are not employees of an ice arena. The rink usually charges coaches a percentage of each lesson or a monthly or daily fee for using the ice arena.

Other Expenses

Once you get serious about learning how to ice skate, you'll want to invest in a good pair of skates. For figure skates, expect to pay about $50 to $100 for a decent beginner pair. If you're looking for more profession-grade skates, expect to pay $300 or more. You'll also need appropriate workout clothing that keeps you warm while allowing for freedom of movement.

If you're serious about competitive skating, you'll also have to budget for everything from entry fees, testing and certification costs, costumes, travel, and more. That can add up to well over $10,000 or more per year, according to experts.