Learn to Skate

New to Ice Figure Skating? Not a problem! AIFSC is based at Paradice Ice Rink Botany. Paradice provide the 'learn to skate' programme that is moderated by the New Zealand Ice Skating Association.

If you are interested in learning to skate follow this website to learn more about classes. Many of our club coaches and skaters coach the skate school classes.

Starting out in Figure Skating

Deciding which Discipline

There are a number of disciplines in skating; solo, pairs, synchronised skating (a team sport) and ice dance. Each discipline has different training requirements and time commitment. For example there are a number of practice sessions each week both in the mornings and afternoons working out what is best for skater development and personal schedules is important.

Finding A Coach

It is recommended that you contact your local rink or club(s) to obtain a list of coaches available in your area.  The Coaches page on the NZIFSA website contains a list of coaches at rinks throughout the country. Discuss with your prospective coach their availability, suggested training schedule for the skater, fees, and payment.

Getting the Right Tools

Skates range in style and blade type. They can be purchased from 2 of the main suppliers in New Zealand:
Specialist Skating Limited 
Skaters Edge

Skaters should take care of their skates they are their ‘tools of the trade’. We recommend using blade soakers and guards. Guards are plastic covers to wear when walking in skates and soakers are fabric protectors designed for after training to soak up moisture. Be sure to dry off blades with a towel after every use and put on the soakers.

Skill Development

Like anything a skater will get better with lessons and practice. You should discuss with your coach what on ice and off ice training is required.Skaters are required to pass tests to compete in various levels; your coach should discuss this with you and set goals for the skater to work towards.

Kiwi Skate levels can be found here:
NZIFSA Kiwi Skate Levels

Test patterns to develop skill levels:
NZIFSA Stroking Pattern Manual

Competition Season 2019

Oceania International Novice Competition15 - 17 MayMelbourne, Australia
Glenburn Club Championships2 - 3 JuneParadice Avondale, Auckland
Auckland Ice Figure Skating Club Championships20 -  21 JulyParadice Botany, Auckland 
West Auckland Ice Skating Club Championships10 - 11 AugustParadice Avondale, Auckland
South Island Ice Skating Championships17 - 19 AugustDunedin Ice Stadium, Dunedin
North Island Ice Skating Sub Association Championships24 - 25 AugustParadice Botany, Auckland
2019 New Zealand Ice Figure Skating National Championships3 - 6 OctoberGore Multisports Complex, Gore
Allegro Artistic CompetitionTBCParadice Botany, Auckland
2019 Australian Figure Skating Championships 30 Nov - 6 DecO'Brian Group Arena, Melbourne, Australia

Links to local club, regional and NZ National Championships

For details of other NZ local club, regional and NZ National Championships, please go to the NZIFSA Competitions Link