The short answer is “How much money have you got?”. The long answer is “It depends”. If your kid is just starting, and she'll be skating for 9 months out of the year, once or maybe twice a week, you can probably keep it under $1000 for the year.
When your kid starts, she'll likely be a program run by the skating club that combines ice time and coaching fees. In Canada, many clubs run a program designed by Skate Canada called CanSkate. Once she progresses further, she'll have individual coaching. Some clubs look after all of the administration but in many clubs you pay the club to be on the ice and you pay the coach directly for their coaching time.
- Skate sharpening.
- Skating outfits.
- Skating bag.
- Skating association fees.
Another great question.
The cost associated with competitive figure skating depends on the level of skating competition you're talking about. The higher the level you compete at, the higher the cost. Even if you trained the same amount, higher levels of competition will see you flying across the country and possibly internationally to compete, there's a major expense involved.
Typical costs for different skaters
Young child just starting to skate: $50-$75
Older child or Adult just starting to skate: $75-$130
Young child learning to figure skate: $100-$200
I guess since we're getting close to the end of the year, we've had a few people looking for information about how much they have to pay their coaches when they go to a competition.
There's no standard rule here, but this will give you a guideline.
Since the question of how much a childs sports coach should charge came in to skatersdad, I assume we should give an answer related to what figure skating coaches charge. The answer, like so many things, is that it varies and it varies quite a lot. At our club, coaches run about a dollar per minute. Some are more, some are less. Some are a lot more.