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
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.
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.
Competition Season 2019
|Oceania International Novice Competition||15 - 17 May||Melbourne, Australia|
|Glenburn Club Championships||2 - 3 June||Paradice Avondale, Auckland|
|Auckland Ice Figure Skating Club Championships||20 - 21 July||Paradice Botany, Auckland|
|West Auckland Ice Skating Club Championships||10 - 11 August||Paradice Avondale, Auckland|
|South Island Ice Skating Championships||17 - 19 August||Dunedin Ice Stadium, Dunedin|
|North Island Ice Skating Sub Association Championships||24 - 25 August||Paradice Botany, Auckland|
|2019 New Zealand Ice Figure Skating National Championships||3 - 6 October||Gore Multisports Complex, Gore|
|Allegro Artistic Competition||TBC||Paradice Botany, Auckland|
|2019 Australian Figure Skating Championships||30 Nov - 6 Dec||O'Brian Group Arena, Melbourne, Australia|