FREESTYLE AND PRIVATE LESSONS
Freestyle sessions allow skaters extra practice time to fine-tune their skills. Skaters can work independently on various skills or receive a private lesson. Freestyle ice time can be purchased either with a punch card (which is at a discounted rate) or by paying the walk-on rate at the beginning of each session. Punch cards are to be taken out onto the ice with the skater each time he/she gets onto the ice. Punch cards are to be turned in to the Skate Monitor and will be returned when the skate “signs off” of the ice. Punch cards can be purchased in the ProShop.
Punch Cards (good for 20 punches worth 15 minutes each)
- * $50 for Community Members
- * $40 for Athens Figure Skating Club members/Ohio University Students
Freestyle Skating Policies:
- *Please read over the list of Freestyle Policies and sign an Assumption of Risk form prior to getting on the ice. Assumption of Risk forms need to be turned in to the Skate Monitor before a skater is allowed to skate on Freestyle ice.
All of our instructors:
- Are certified with the United States Figure Skating Association
- Have First Aid & CPR Certifications
- Are experienced and excited to coach
Private lessons provide individual instruction with an instructor of your choice. Lessons are taught only on Freestyle sessions. Whether looking to fine-tune your Basic Skills or advance to more difficult levels, the Learn to Skate Program has an instructor to meet your needs. When taking private lessons, skaters must pay the private lesson rate on top of the rate for Freestyle ice time. Supplementing your child’s group lessons with private lessons is a great way to help your skater improve at a faster rate and become a more knowledgeable skater! Please contact the Learn to Skate director at 740-597-1370 or at SkatingBirdArena@gmail.com in order to set up private lessons. Please include in your email the name of the skater, age, level, and what they are looking for in a coach. We will do our best to pair you with the coach that is the best fit for your skater’s specific needs. If there is for any reason a problem with the coach you were assigned, please don’t hesitate to email our director to be paired with a different coach. You may request a specific coach, but all coach/student pairings must go through the Learn to Skate director.
If you are unable to make it to a scheduled lesson time, be sure to contact your instructor as early as possible. If an instructor fails to show up for a scheduled lesson time, please inform the skating director the same day or the next day to receive a free lesson coupon.
Stick and Puck practice times are Thursdays from 4pm-4:50pm. Ice time is $7.50 per session and private lessons are $7.50/15mins on top of the ice fee. Please contact Phil Oberlin at 740-593-0251.
Cancellation Due to Weather:
All programs will be cancelled when Athens County issues a Level 3 weather advisory. These programs will not have a make-up date.
A wide variety of skates are available in today’s market. Skaters need to find skates that best suit them, either hockey or figure skates. To prevent injury to the skater’s feet or ankles, figure skates must be snug and stiff in the ankles to provide the correct support. Beginner skates can be purchased through our Pro Shop at a reasonable price. More advanced skaters can find skates for various prices online. Since children grow quickly, don’t be afraid to buy used skates as long as the skates are not broken down and have support around the ankles. If you are unsure of anything, please feel free to consult a coach as they are more than happy to help you!
Bird Arena offers skate sharpening for both hockey and figure skates. Payment is made in the Pro Shop and is 5 dollars for overnight and 7 for on the spot sharpening.
Advanced private lesson skaters are expected to wear skating pants, dresses, or skirts. Bulky pants or sweatshirts are not acceptable, as they hinder progress and make it difficult for instructors to evaluate movements. Gloves are encouraged to keep warm and protect skaters hands in case of falls.