A lot of skaters have asked me a very valid question recently: How, exactly, are you supposed to get out of the way when you have no idea where skaters are going?
Good point. On a crowded public session it's difficult to get out of the way, and that's when everyone is skating in the same direction. When you get on a freestyle session, skaters are suddenly flying in all directions! Forwards, backwards, around in circles, up in the air...the list goes on, and the sudden changes of direction can come as a complete surprise even to a knowledgeable skater. Fast skaters are especially shocking, because they can be at one end of the rink one minute, and in the blink of an eye they'll be right next to you.
I believe that there's no sure-fire way to stay out of the way constantly, but you can be as helpful as possible to your fellow skaters by knowing where skaters usually jump, spin and do footwork and spirals.
I drew a quick diagram of a rink, indicating where most skaters will jump. I also included straight line, circular and serpentine footwork sequences. The diagram looks pretty confusing, but I included a key to help you out!
Obviously, not ALL skaters will jump in these spots. It changes at different rinks and some skaters just jump wherever they find the space! Even if it's not perfect, I hope it helps!