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Ice Skating Venues
Most skaters come into the sport of ice skating by skating in a public session and showing interest in wanting to learn more. Ice skating is available at the IceArena, Thebarton and the Noarlunga Ice Sports Centre at Noarlunga Centre.
SAISA doesn't employ coaches. The rinks employ coaches for their skate schools and also contract independent coaches. For more on SAISA member coaches see 'Ice Skating Coaches'.
In deciding which coach you might like to engage as a private coach the best way is to go along to the rinks and ask to observe some of the lessons. Useful guides to choosing coaches are provided on many websites such as this one here by Laura Alspaugh, an eHow Contributor.
SAISA endorses the Aussie SkateTM program for teaching begginers.
Aussie SkateTM offers you all the basic fundementals of ice skating in preparation for moving one to other ice sports such as ice hockey, speedskating and theatre on ice as well as the figure skating disciplines. It promotes and encourages energy, health, fitness and self-confidence. More about Aussie Skate here.
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Beginner to Advanced levels
Some skaters show an interest in pursuing figure skating as a sport. SAISA endorses the national figure skating program of Ice Skating Australia (ISA)
There are several paths the skater can take:
Singles Figure Skating
Ice Dance (couples or Solo)
Synchronised Skating (in teams)
Theatre on Ice
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Each of these disciplines can lead skaters to skate at State level and even National and International level. The skaters can also choose to learn these disciplines just for fun and fitness. Many skaters will enjoy a mixture of group and private lessons and both are available. The skater may have been coached by many different coaches during their time in Aussie Skate and may wish to continue private lessons with one or more of them while progressing through the ISA levels.