Seven Steps to Becoming a Figure Skater
Wether you want to learn how to skate, start competing or be involved outside of the ice, Swedish Figure Skating has something for all ages.
A figure skater’s first skating moves generally start at this age in an ice skating school. Here you learn to ice skate through games and playful exercises. Practice: 1 hour a week.
Now it’s time to take the ice skating grades. 8 grades represent 8 competency levels. Passing all grades takes 2–3 seasons and you have to practise approximately 2–5 hours per week.
This is when you start to compete with your own programmes, if you want to. You can either become a ‘Cub’ or ‘Chick’, and learn simple jumps and spins, or you can join a Debutant Team in Synchronised Skating, a team sport in which 10–16 people skate together in formation. 3–8 hours’ practice per week.
Novice, this is where you compete with skaters of your own age and knowledge, based on tests. You will generally practise for 5–10 hours a week, and your training off the ice will increase.
After passing through the Youth Class, you become a Junior. Juniors train as hard as Seniors. You need strength, high levels of fitness, skill and amazing control to execute all the tricky movements.
18 år –
Senior level. An elite skater in Figure Skating and Synchronised Skating will practise for 15–20 hours a week, in additional to mental training. It’s a hard job but the joy of landing a difficult jump, formation or spin is impossible to describe.
Figure Skating off the ice
The best thing about skating is that you can develop throughout your life. It’s never too late to start skating, and many decide to become coaches, technical officials or competition organisers after hanging up their skates. There are many ways to be active, for instance, most of the volunteers you’ll meet here at the European Championships are part of the Swedish Figure Skating family!
If you want to be a part of Swedish Figure Skating, you can find your closest Figure Skating club at the District page att the Swedish Figure Skating Assosciations webpage. Click here (the page is in Swedish only).