Private Lessons - Beyond the BCFSC Basic Skills Program
Private lessons are available at the Beaver County Ice Arena for any skating skill level and you can take private lessons at any time. However once you have completed the BCFSC Basic Skills Program it is time to join the Club as an Introductory Member and to take private lessons if you would like to continue to ice skate and advance in the sport.
Private lessons are taught by a coach. The BCFSC Coaches are independent contractors. Prices vary from coach to coach.
Group lessons are a great way to learn basic skating but you can hire a coach for supplemental or regular private lessons at anytime. Private lessons are available for any skill level.
If you would like to continue advancing after the Basic Skills Program (Basic 1-8), continue testing and/or would like to compete in a competition with a program set to music then private lessons are for you.
Some of our coaches also offer private hockey skating skills lessons for those who wish to pursue the sport.
Each skating coach at the Beaver County Ice Arena sets their own rates based on experience and qualifications. Lessons are usually 30 minutes in length and range from $15 to $35 per 30 minutes depending on the coach. Ice time is not included with your lesson. You will need to pay for ice time separately.
For more information on coaches.
You will want to observe a few ice skating lessons taught by the various coaches. You should then schedule a lesson from the coach that you are interested in and try them out.
Here are some things to ask a coach during the selection process:
- What is your coaching philosophy?
- How long have you been coaching? (Keep in mind, however, just because a coach is new that doesn't mean you shouldn't hire them. Still, you should at least be familiar with the coach's experience.)
- What are your greatest coaching accomplishments?
- What is your skating background? Do you specialize in coaching certain disciplines (singles, pairs, dance, synchronized skating)? What levels have you passed? Did you skate competitively?
- Are you a member of U.S. Figure Skating and the Professional Skaters Association (PSA)?
- Are you PSA rated or ranked?
- How do you stay current with the sport and the profession of coaching?
- What are your rates for lessons, competitions, cutting program music, etc.? How often do you bill for charges? When do you expect to be paid?
- What is your policy if we have to cancel a planned lesson?
- Are there any other policies that we should be aware of in advance?
You and your coach will decide on a lesson time, usually during a freestyle session, possibly on a public skate session. Remember, it is a good idea to practice between lessons. The more you practice the faster you will progress. Consult with your coach about the amount of time you should practice and how many lessons you should have per week.
More information on ice time.
• Value your time and the coach’s time. Focus on skating.
• Come rested and mentally prepared to work and concentrate.
• Eat right, warm up and stretch properly before each lesson.
• Ask questions. Don’t wait until the last few minutes of the lesson to ask questions. If they are important enough to ask, they are important to have answered and maybe worked on during the lesson.
• Practice. Repeat the same lesson you did with your coach in the same order. There is often a reason for the order.