- Parent Category: General Figure Skating
That's a really loaded question. There isn't one single answer. It depends on what your objectives are for the sport and the skater's talent. If your objectives are to start wining in STARSkate competitions then you've probably got a bit of catching up to do. Other skaters have started as young as 3.5 or 4 years old but that doesn't mean you can't catch up.
However, you do have to expect to spend more time on the ice per week than those skaters are spending. On average, you'll find that 8 year old skaters who have been skating for a few years are probably on the ice 3 hours per week. A good club is also giving them some off-ice training to complement their on-ice training. So, if you want to catch up and get ahead, you probably want to think about skating at least 5 hours per week and don't forget the off-ice training. Off-ice can also be in the form of other complementary activities such as gynastics or ballet or some other form of dance.