Private lessons are for those who want to improve specific skills or are interested in becoming competitive figure skaters. Private lessons offer individualized instruction tailored to meet each skater's personality and learning needs. One-on-one instruction allows for a more rapid progression of skills.


Private lessons are a great supplement to group lessons and allow skaters to focus on the skills which need help. A coach will prepare a skater for competitions and test sessions.

Choosing a Coach

Observe the coaches at work. Watch them and take note of their qualities and teaching techniques to determine which will work best with you or your child. Speak with the coaches directly to discuss their views on teaching, training, and competing. Discuss possible goals and ask how they would help you accomplish your goals.


Things to Remember

  • Skaters of all ages and levels can begin private lessons.

  • Lessons are scheduled directly with the coach.

  • Ice time is a separate fee from the lesson fee. 

  • Private lesson fees are paid directly to the coach.

  • Skaters do not need to complete all classes in the learn to skate group lesson program to begin private lessons.

Michiana Ice verifies coaching compliance with U.S. Figure Skating requirements.

  • U.S. Figure Skating Full Membership

  • Successfully pass the annual background screen

  • Verification of current coach liability insurance

  • Completion of Continuing Education Requirement (CER)

  • Completion of Safe Sport Training

  • Optional requirement - PSA Membership (if coaching in qualifying competitions only)

Interested in hiring a private coach, but are unsure where to start? You can read U.S. Figure Skating's document about hiring a coach and then reach out to one of Michiana Ice's qualified coaches.​

Hiring a Private Coach (PDF) from U.S. Figure Skating

Private Lesson & Coaching Information (PDF) from Michiana Ice FSC