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Decisions, decisions, decisions…

So you’ve decided to take lessons. The question most people ask is whether to go for group lessons or private lessons.

Only you can answer that question but as with most things in life, there are pros and cons to help you arrive at your decision.

GROUP  LESSONS – Pros GROUP  LESSONS – Cons
Recreational skating and making new friends whilst keeping fit. Sometimes ‘unhealthy’ competition within the group.
There is a ‘curriculum’ (Skate UK) which lends structure to group lessons and will allow you to track your progress. Not as much attention on your individual needs as a skater.
Relatively inexpensive
‘Taster’ courses –  is ice skating for you?  Gives you a focus as  to which discipline you may want to follow later on. e.g synchronised skating, pairs skating, speed skating.
PRIVATE LESSONS – Pros PRIVATE LESSONS – Cons
Thinking about competitive skating in the UK or abroad. Relatively expensive
Lessons are tailored to your needs. May judge yourself harshly when it comes to rate of progression, as   you wouldn’t have anybody at a similar level with whom you can share or exchange ideas/thoughts.
You can learn at your own pace.

Whatever you decide, make sure you bring your sense of humour with you to the rink. You can share your skating calamities with others so your progress will not be impeded due to generally feeling awkward.

We’ve all been there and some of us are still there.

So whether you are taking lessons (just like me) or you are a coach, please feel free to share your thoughts here.

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