Lessons for STARSkaters and CanSkate+ skaters
Private and semi-private lessons are taught by our professional coaches which is how a skater learns and hones their advanced figure skating skills. By taking lessons, a skater is able to prepare for competitions or tests (standards developed and evaluated by Skate Canada Evaluators). Skaters may also take lessons and not participate in any formal testing program or competitions.
Private and semi-private lessons are arranged directly between the skater and a coach. For a list of coaches at the Clarence Creek Figure Skating Club, visit the coaches section. Our Coaches teach all the disciplines of figure skating and are paid directly by the parents or skater.
Choosing a coach is a tough decision for any parent. Some of us have been there and some of us are approaching this difficult decision. To help you with your decision, please keep in mind: if your child has been taught by a Coach during CanSkate and enjoyed their time, then consider that Coach; ask a parent you know, if they recommend a Coach from previous experience; solicit input from one of our Coaches; hear what our Coach's representative or any Executive Committee Member have to say. We are more than willing to help answer your questions and help you make the best decision possible for your child. You can also visit the selecting a coach section of our website.
Private lessons are usually offered in 15 minute segments. Most skating sessions are 30 or 45 minutes long. An average skater could be on the ice for the 30 or 45 minutes and receive a lesson for 15 minutes of that time. The remainder of the session would be spent practicing skills taught during the lesson.
The number, frequency and schedule of lessons are worked out between you and the Coach. Allowing your child to have a lesson and then practice what was taught, is a critical step in their ability to work by themselves and develop their skating abilities.