Our coaches operate as independent contractors, so they set their own fees and are to be paid directly. Private lesson fees do not include admission or skate/helmet rental which are paid separately to the rink. To book a private lesson, please contact us with the day and time you would like to book it and we will have one of our professionals contact you as soon as possible.

Only Lakeside Staff Coaches are permitted to teach on our public sessions, but guest coaches may teach on our Stick & Puck and/or Freestyle Sessions for a $20 fee per session and must submit a copy of their coaching insurance listing Lakeside Brooklyn as additionally insured.

No more than two skaters are permitted in a lesson. Lakeside Brooklyn is not responsible for rescheduling lessons.

What to consider when choosing a coach:

  • What are my child’s skating goals?
  • How often can my child skate?
  • How much can we budget toward ice time and private lesson time?
  • Does the skater have a favorite teacher from Learn to Skate?
  • Does this coach’s personality and teaching methods match the skater’s individual instructional needs?

Here are some things to ask a coach during the selection process:

  • What is your coaching philosophy?
  • How long have you been coaching? (Keep in mind, however, just because a coach is new that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t hire them. Still, you should at least be familiar with the coach’s experience.)
  • What are your greatest coaching accomplishments?
  • What is your skating background? Do you specialize in coaching certain disciplines (singles, pairs, dance, synchronized skating, choreography)? What levels have you passed? Did you skate competitively?
  • Are you a member of U.S. Figure Skating and the Professional Skaters Association (PSA) or the Ice Skating Institute (ISI)?
  • How do you stay current with the sport and the profession of coaching?
  • What are your rates for lessons, competitions, cutting program music, etc.? How often do you bill for charges? When do you expect to be paid?
  • What is your policy if we have to cancel a planned lesson?
  • Are there any other policies that we should be aware of in advance?