Answer: Those coaching figure skating must make a living, so most ice skating coaches charge for everything related to a skater's skating.
When a coach takes a child to a competition, there are fees for taking care of the student and for the coach's expenses. There are also fees to prepare for tests, competitions, and shows. There are fees related to cutting music for a skater. During tests and shows, a figure skating coach will provide instruction to a student from the rail. There are fees related to that off-ice instruction.
These costs are usually explained to skaters and their parents in advance.
Figure skaters pay about $20 to $30 for a twenty minute private figure skating lesson. Thirty minute private lessons will range from $30 to $45. It is possible for a figure skating coach to make a lot of money if he or she is able to build up and maintain a large private student base.
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Figure Skating Choreographer
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Some figure skaters have a strong sense of creativity and specialize in choreographing programs for figure skaters and/or ice shows. Since many figure skaters hire a choreographer in addition to a figure skating coach, this area of coaching can be a career in itself.
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Skating School Director and/or Figure Skating Director
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Some ice arenas hire an individual to run its skating school or skating class program. This is usually a management position. In some arenas, a skating school director's job is a full-time position. The person not only hires and fires coaches and instructors, but assigns classes, coordinates private lessons, runs in-house competitions, does payroll, and has a say in the management of an ice arena.
Ice Rink Manager
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Most figure skaters do not go into rink management, but some figure skaters do. The experience gained as a figure skater may cross over into managing an ice arena. Keep in mind that ice rink managers must have a strong business sense, may need to be able to do ice rink maintenance, be able to drive the Zamboni, and be able to deal with not only figure skaters, but also ice hockey players and the public.
Ice Show Skater
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Many young people begin thinking about college as their high school years come to a close, but some skaters decide that before, during, or after college, that they should take some time to use their skating skills professionally. Performing in a traveling ice show, like Disney on Ice, gives skaters that chance. There are also professional performance opportunities at resorts or on cruise ships.
Power Hockey Coach
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Figure skaters can teach hockey players how to skate and help experienced ice hockey players improve their skating skills. The Professional Skaters Association certifies coaches in this area. Teaching power hockey also is a great way for figure skating coaches to supplement their income.
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Ice Rink Employee/Worker
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Some ice rinks hire figure skaters to work at the rink. Rink employees have all sorts of roles. Employees give out rental skates, work as cashiers, do ice monitoring or work as a guard on the ice, and do ice rink maintenance. These jobs are usually part-time, but can be a great experience for a young person interested in a future in ice rink management.