Skaters and Skating
Our skaters are the fuel of Desert Ice. They are our most important reason and the reason our club exists. DIFSC skaters range from small children to adults. They learn primarily the discipline and skills of figure skating. Our skaters range from beginners with little or no experience to those testing and competing at intermediate level or higher. They test, they compete, but mostly they practice. Practice, practice, practice.
Becoming a Skater
If you’d like to become a skater, there are several options.
- Public sessions Most skating rinks have public sessions. These are sessions open to the public, and skates can usually be rented for a nominal additional cost. This approach may be the quickest way to actually get on the ice, but for a variety of reasons, it may not be the best way to learn skating or to even try skating.
- Learn to skate (LTS) Most skating rinks offer a learn to skate program, targeting the beginning skater. This approach offers an economic entry into skating in a group environment. Rinks often provide professional coaches, usually involving a number of sessions over a period of several weeks. Skates can be rented, and participants may be encouraged to purchase their own equipment. The advantage of this approach is economy. The disadvantages include inflexible schedule (the schedule is set by the rink), limited individual instruction, and most importantly, LTS limits the skater. LTS programs do not provide enough instruction for advanced skills required for competitive skating. However, LTS is a quick way to explore the sport and may be a good initial entry point.
- Private instruction Obviously, one-on-one instruction is the most effective way to learn skating and to advance most rapidly to competitive levels. Most rinks and skating clubs have dedicated instructors or referrals to local area coaches(click here to learn more about DIFSC coaches). A good coach provides excellent instruction, serves as a good role model, and provides assistance at testing and competition events. This is vital to the developing skater, as virtually all successful skaters have one (and sometimes several) coaches to serve as mentors as they progress over time.
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