Of course, every skydive starts latest with the exit and, as we all know, to keep everybody together during the first 5 seconds out the door is kind of a pre-requisite for any successful skydive. Accordingly, there is an exit progression incorporated into the above 5+1 module series as well.
PROGRESSIVE CANOPY-PILOTING TECHNIQUES
- deployment sequence: rear riser heading control
- post-deployment awareness: traffic and the line-of-
-post deployment awareness: glide-angle perception
- post deployment awareness: alternate landing areas/
- canopy-piloting: rear riser use glide-angle
- canopy-piloting: rear riser turns
- canopy-piloting: negative rear riser turns
- canopy-piloting: rear riser stall and stall recovery
- canopy-piloting: rear riser flare technique
- canopy-piloting: perfecting your game in the holding
- canopy-piloting: identifying adverse conditions and
- canopy-piloting: pattern entry timing
- canopy-piloting: adjusted patterns
- landing: rear riser flare (using appropriately sized
ADVANCED CANOPY-PILOTING TECHNIQUES
- deployment sequence: weight distribution
- post deployment: alternate line-twist remedy
- canopy-piloting: front riser glide angel manipulation
- canopy-piloting: front riser negative turns
- canopy-piloting: front riser turns
- canopy-piloting: understanding the input-over-time
- canopy-piloting: double front 3 sec. altitude loss
- canopy-piloting: 3 sec./ 90 degree turn altitude loss
- canopy-piloting: increased spatial awareness and
- canopy-piloting: low-turn emergency bail-out
- canopy-piloting: rec. curve after 3 sec. double front
- canopy-piloting: double front riser to double rear
- landing: cross-wind landing flare/ maintaining
- landing: cross-wind landing flare/ heading correction
- wing-loading chart
- canopy selection criteria
- downsizing performance pre-requisites
- equipment configuration and accessories selection
- high-performance canopies: malfunction scenarios/
- air-space considerations applicable to high-speed
Transition training requires on average 5 additional training jumps.
Should there arise any issues in getting accustomed to a neutral position in any new flight attitude, Flight Club uses free-fall simulator training sessions to expedite this process on an "as- needed" basis. (for more information, please visit our windtunnel-flying page)
Once the neutral position of the new flight attitude has been locked in, the 5 + 1 module series starts over from the top, with the new flight attitude being the focus going forward.
- deployment sequence: body position considerations
- deployment sequence: heading awareness
- post-deployment awareness: traffic and the line-of-
- post deployment drill: getting ready to fly
- post deployment situational awareness: glide angle
- canopy-piloting: brake line check
- canopy-piloting: 2-stage flare technique
- canopy-piloting: toggle use glide-angle manipulation
- canopy-piloting: toggle turns
- canopy-piloting: understanding the post-turn
- canopy-piloting: negative toggle turns in various
- canopy-piloting: toggle stall and stall recovery
- canopy-piloting: holding area and pattern selection
- canopy-piloting: vertical stacking in the holding
- canopy-piloting: flying a classic pattern
- canopy-piloting: 1/4 brake, glide-angle perception
in the landing pattern
- canopy-piloting: improved accuracy considerations
- landing: PLF position
- landing: 2 stage flare technique applied
- landing: priorities in sequence
Over the course of events, you'll learn all relevant exit scenarios starting with rear-float, center-float and front-float exits, that is including the associated uphill fly-away tricks, before progressing to dive- exits and the respective downhill fly-away tricks.
FLIGHT ATTITUDE TRAINING
SKILL SETS: YOUR STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE THROUGH EACH STAGE
On a smaller scale, the "skills development progression grid" further brakes down the process of learning to master any flight attitude, into a core sequence of 5 + 1 individual skill sets.
The 5 + 1 basic skill sets are being taught in "modules". Modules are successive and again based upon a simple to complex progression with a series of several training jumps required for each one of them:
MODULE # 1: proximity control
MODULE # 2: fall-rate control
MODULE # 3: center-turn
MODULE # 4: sideways motion
MODULE # 5: super-positioning
Most people will pick up this entire 5 module sequence in about 20 training jumps.
At that point, a skydiver should be able to perform elementary small-group skydiving tasks, such as to:
safely approach the base, to dock, to release, to stay on level and maintain proximity, to complete a mini-series of random formations before safely and efficiently breaking off and deploying clear of other jumpers.
Once all this is in place, the foundation has been established. The show goes on from here with transition training, starting the move from a neutral body position in the current flight attitude and stopping the transition in a neutral body position of the succeeding flight attitude.
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SKYDIVE MENTORING - THE 3RD LEVEL OF COMMITMENT ON THE STUDENT-COACH ENGAGEMENT SCALE
Mentoring by nature requires you and your coach/ mentor to share a considerable amount of time with each other while heading down a common path.
In order for you guys getting to the end of that road together, a whole lot of sharing, understanding and supporting will have to be done along the way. It will take determination, discipline, endurance and trust at every corner and at every intersection along the way.
Therefore, a student-mentor relationship plays out on the 3rd and highest level of commitment on the student-coach engagement scale and will typically last at least one, typically several skydiving seasons.
In order for us to help, we do need to understand what exactly it is you wish to accomplish.
Do you want to become a skydiving instructor, compete at the world championship, open an aviation business, run a drop-zone, need networking assistance in the industry, or do you simply want to be the best that you can personally be in any specific area of the sport?
CURRENT MISSION PARAMETERS AND PLANNING
In the same token, we need to understand where you and where your project stand right now:
is the ball rolling already or are we dealing with a start-up, what do you bring to the game in terms of relevant experience, skill, know-how, cash, equipment, time and man-power?
Once we do have a clear picture of the prevailing circumstances, we can start working out a plan together.
Let us know. Chances are we have somebody in Flight Club who has been there and done that and thus, knows what to do.
SKYDIVE COACHING, SKYDIVE ORGANIZING, SKYDIVE
This page contains valuable information intended
for licensed skydivers seeking professional assistance in the further
development of their current level of proficiency in formation skydiving,
free-flying and canopy piloting.
The Flight Club skydiving school,
located at Aerograd Kolomna near Moscow in Russia, employs various strategies
to effectively facilitate skills development, with each of these
strategies requiring a different level of personal commitment/ engagement
by the skydive student and by the coach: skydive organizing, skydive coaching
and skydive mentoring.
Following, we will take you onto a brief
excursion into the history of skydive coaching, share our
coaching philosophy with you and provide detailed in-depth
information regarding Flight Club skydive organizing, skydive coaching and
skydive mentoring programs, associated tuition fees and booking procedures:
HISTORY OF PROFESSIONAL SKYDIVE COACHING
During earlier days of skydiving, knowledge
was typically passed on from individual to individual in what might
best be described as friends sharing experience, knowledge and their personal
approach to mastering certain skills sets with each other on a random
case-by-case basis. Those really, really lucky might have found a seasoned
skydiving buddy to consistently provide them with expert advice over
a prolonged period of time, in a role-model style approach, or personal
During the mid-1980s and early 1990s, with the
large-scale rise of turbine aircraft and the associated hike in ticket
prices, came a need to find a more time-efficient and therefore more cost-efficient approach to learning. Professional competition teams everywhere were
scrambling to pimp out their continuity- and training plans and were looking
for ways to expedite the individual participants' personal skills development
What was needed to achieve all that, was a well-structured simple to complex free-fall skydiving and canopy piloting skills
progression grid, an improved understanding of the individual skydiver's
learning process and professional-grade coaches with expert level teaching
proficiency and in-air abilities.
In short, the professional top-end of the sport
had realized that we needed a legitimate approach to coaching in sport skydiving.
The skydiving world got exactly all of that with
the release of the "Basic Body Flight Coaches Program" in the early
1990s. With it, skydive coaching was first legitimized as a professional
With no shortage of skilled flyers around, the
notion that all the sudden one needed a structured concept as well as a professional
education as a teacher in order to show a rookie how to push some air around,
in an eerie similarity to today, did not immediately find a lot of
approval amongst intermediate level skydiving gods. The idea alone almost
caused a revolution.
But, as it goes in any sport, results are what
counts and ultimately, in a top-to-bottom trickle-down effect, news of the
overwhelming success of the new coaching concept soon spread like a wild-fire
throughout the world skydiving scene. And thus, professional skydive coaching
found its wide-stance, permanent footing in the industry.
Credit is due where credit belongs and it is safe
to say that none of this would have happened the way it did without the united
efforts of legendary skydivers Robert Laidlaw, Craig Buxton, Danny Page and
members of the original Arizona Airspeed team.
With the inception of Skydive University Inc. in
DeLand and Sebastian, FL, USA, the culture of professional skydive coaching was
disbursed into the world via satellite campuses in Arizona, California and New
Jersey, through the distribution of quality educational material and
through the company's international coach certification course program.
These original coaching programs have provided
the very foundation for the International Bodyflight Association's (IBA)
wind-tunnel instructor- and student training programs and have been
incorporated, in some form or the other, into the student training syllabus and
into the instructional rating hierarchy of the United States Parachute
And that is pretty much where we stand today.
FLIGHT CLUB SKYDIVE COACHING PHILOSOPHY
Flight Club founding members belong to the
generation of skydivers that has eye-witnessed the rise of professional
coaching in the sport. The success of their skydiving careers can be directly
attributed to having been coached and mentored throughout most of their careers
by Skydive University founding fathers and by their respective professional
counterparts and partners at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.
And thus, until today, the focus in Flight
Club lays squarely on our skydiving coaches and instructors applying
professional-grade standards of teaching proficiency to the
established skydiver skills development grid.
We facilitate a holistic teaching style in a
"top down" format, meaning we teach from the latest high-performance
models in all aspects of sport skydiving:
equipment knowledge, effective motor-skill
development during the preparation phase, psychological aspects of the
in-flight phase, correct execution of bio-mechanic principles and mental
toughness in-air, increased situational awareness and sound decision making
processes under canopy, systematic detailed skill analysis and SMART debriefing
Last but not least, we understand that the more
fun you have during your training, the better your chances to ultimately apply
all this. Accordingly, we facilitate your training on an eye-to-eye level and
foster a training environment where mistakes are not only ok, but recognized
as an integral part of the learning process.
Following, we explain in detail how all this is
being applied to the three levels of the student-coach commitment/ engagement
skydive organizing, skydive coaching and skydive
any experience level and in all disciplines of the sport, pretty much head out
to the drop-zone with the same goals in mind:
They want to
have fun, pick-up some new tricks in a safe learning environment and
ultimately, feel welcome to and become a part of the resident skydiving
All this, can become somewhat tricky at
times, especially for younger skydivers who don't really know anybody on
the drop-zone and do not yet possess the in-air skills necessary to just walk
up to any group and sneak onto any random skydive.
Similarly, things do get tricky, when skydivers
of varying experience levels are planning group skydives without adult
supervision and/ or guidance. Typically, that ends up with the better flyers
being off on their own trip and the rookies lost alone in space somewhere.
The glue, so to speak, successfully bonding all
these variables into safe, fun and achievable skydive, is the
skydive load-organizer. An experienced veteran skydiver, the
load-organizer learned to accurately read the situation on the field, realistically
gauging each individual player's level of skydiving proficiency.
Skydive organizers cater to different
disciplines of the sport. In Flight Club, we organize formation skydiving- and
free-fly jumps of all colors.
SKYDIVE ORGANIZING - TUITION FEES
The Flight Club
skydiving school at Aerograd Kolomna fields experienced organizers who will
play with you and your friends for USD 12.00/ jump/ participant.
briefing, in-air and landing video footage, debriefing.
not included: jump tickets for you and
the organizer. Cost for the organizer ticket will be shared among
If you wish for
a Flight Club skydive organizer to travel to your home drop-zone, a USD 200.00
guarantee/ day and a 5-day minimum booking requirement apply together with a
surcharge to compensate for air-fare, transit and accommodation.
If you want to
fly with a skydive organizer, feel free to visit us at the Flight Club
skydiving school. To reserve your personal slot prior to arrival at the
drop-zone, to schedule a skydive organizer exclusively for your group, or to
request a Flight Club skydive organizer to travel to your home drop-zone,
please send us a booking request.
SKYDIVE ORGANIZING - THE 1ST LEVEL OF COMMITMENT ON THE STUDENT-COACH ENGAGEMENT SCALE
It is the load-organizers job to assemble
individual skydivers of compatible (not necessarily equal) skill level into
groups and assist in designing and planning a safe skydive.
The high art here is, to create a dive-plan which
assigns interesting tasks to each participant allowing for them to push the
envelope a little bit and yet, this plan needs to stand a realistic chance of
actually being successfully accomplished. After all, skydiving is only cool if
it actually does work out according to plan every so often.
Following the jump, the skydive load-organizer
conducts a debrief in a fun and non-judgmental environment, pointing out
positive elements of the dive and sharing some tips and tricks which allow for
improvement the next time around.
Everybody can participate in an individual or in
a series of skydives and at the end of the day, it should have been a great day
out with friends on the drop-zone.
Skydive organizing ranks as the first level of
commitment on the student-coach engagement scale, as by nature, only a
short- term commitment (jump-by-jump basis) is required from either side.
coaches engage skydiving students of various levels of proficiency (ranging
from novice to advanced) with the goal to help them master individual skills
sets, or to guide them through entire stages of the skydiver skills development
skydive coaches work exclusively in a one-on-one environment.
COACHING - THE 2ND LEVEL OF COMMITMENT ON THE STUDENT-COACH ENGAGEMENT
skydive coaching programs are available for formation skydiving, free-flying
and canopy piloting.
coaching programs will keep you engaged for a series of skydives, require a
good amount of focus and dedication and last anywhere from a day to a week.
Thus, skydive coaching ranks as the 2nd level of commitment on the
student-coach engagement scale.
SKYDIVER SKILLS DEVELOPMENT:
FREE-FALL AND CANOPY PILOTING PROGRESSION GRID
Every skydiver has a dream of what they want to
be able to do some day. In order to actually get there though, the trick is to
first come up with a road map guiding you to a series of specific, measurable,
achievable, relevant and trackable way points. In skydiving lingo, we call
this road map the "skills development progression grid".
FREE-FALL PROGRESSION GRID
FLIGHT ATTITUDE TRAINING SEQUENCE IN STAGES
Following a simple to complex structure, this
grid suggests, that on the grand scale of things, a skydiver needs to go
through 6 stages of development in order to become a truly versatile and
Please understand, that it is hereby of critical
importance, that these different flight attitudes be mastered in
succession, since each preceding flight attitude serves as a go-to recovery
position during training of the succeeding flight attitude.
proficient in controlling naturally stable flight attitudes in a low
vertical speed environment involving familiar visual references
to naturally stable flight attitudes in a low vertical speed environment involving inverted
less naturally stable flight attitudes in a mid-range vertical speed
#4: STAND-UP FLYING
your new-found balance to associated high
#5: HEAD-DOWN and ANGLE-FLYING
advanced flight attitudes requiring a heightened sense of
spatial awareness in a high vertical speed environment
In addition, individual skill sets (i.e.
motor-skills, inner balance, spatial awareness) a skydiver picks up while
mastering a certain flight attitude, serve as a base upon which the next (and
more difficult) trick is being built upon. Skipping or combining steps makes
this base less solid and thus, increases the chances of a skydiver biting
his teeth out when trying to learn the follow-up trick.
The exception to this rule is angle-flying which,
at least in an introductory form, can be incorporated into training jumps
of other flight attitudes through the inclusion of associated post-exit
fly-away drills and altitude adjusted break-off scenarios.
MODULE # 6: transition training
SKYDIVER SKILLS DEVELOPMENT: CANOPY-PILOTING
In Flight Club we do not host specialty event
canopy- piloting camps in a reduced altitude environment (other than the canopy-piloting mini-course required as part of the USPA B-license qualification).
We embrace a holistic approach towards skydiving
and to us, canopy-piloting is what it is: half the sport.
Accordingly, it gets its fair share of attention
from us. All students are being assigned a specific task (or a series of
specific tasks) for canopy-piloting practice following each and every free-fall
training jump with a Flight Club coach.
CANOPY-PILOTING SKILLS PROGRESSION GRID:
STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO BECOMING A SAFE AND
In a similar approach to free-fall
skills training, any skydiver has to master a variety of skill sets (that is in
order from simple to complex) of the canopy-piloting skills development
progression grid, in order to maintain a safe training environment and in order
to train with maximum efficiency.
These individual skill sets are grouped into
three core canopy-piloting skills development modules, with each of these three
modules being taught over a series of skydives:
STUDENT SKILL ASSESSMENT
AND TRAINING PLAN DEVELOPMENT
We do understand the fact that everybody wants to
learn to fly head-down right here, right now and to go angle-flying with their
buddies tonight on the sunset load.
We do appreciate the ambition. Everything starts
with a dream after all. What we do not appreciate though, to be perfectly
honest, is the "right here, right now" and the "tonight"
portion of this so common introductory statement.
In Flight Club, we coach for a living for 20
years or so and have literally skydived with thousands of people in the
process. Obviously, since we get paid to get you to where you want to go, we do
want for you to get there asap. What we need from your side to make this
happen, is trust. Trust in the fact, that we do indeed know exactly
what it actually takes to make that asap criteria happen. If you work with us
and follow our lead, we can pretty much guarantee, that you will walk out with
a smile and a feeling of accomplishment when it's all said and done.
What we kind of do not want, is to settle for an
un-realistic time parameter in your goal setting and as a result watch you
run your head into the wall trying to learn something that you have no chance
of accomplishing. Not because there is something wrong with you, simply due to
the fact that you lack the foundation to actually pull that particular
trick at that particular point in time.
Accordingly, we do insist, despite all
flexibility and openness to custom-tailor your training towards your
personal need, that you demonstrate what you bring to the game in an
introductory skill assessment jump.
We will design a custom training plan for you
together after this initial skydive and take it from there one thing at a time.
Just in case you have been wondering by the way,
the answer is "YES" ...... of course, a similar step-by-step
skills development strategy is applicable for all canopy pilots hiring us
with the urgent request: "please teach me how to swoop" ;)
Just because, you know, it might actually take us
a wee while before you will be doing this kind of thing consistently:
SKYDIVE COACHING - TUITION FEES
The Flight Club skydiving school at Aerograd
Kolomna fields some world-class free-fall skydiving and canopy piloting coaches
who will work with you in a one-on-one format starting at USD 360.00/ day.
(including: 8 jump/ day minimum, tuition
fees, in-air and landing video footage. Should you get weathered out before
jump 8 of the day, we will waive the daily fee and bill you USD 40.00 per jump
instead. If you book 6 days in a row, day 7 will be on the house.
not included: jump tickets for you and
your coach. Equipment rental in case you do not own a rig).
If you wish for a Flight Club free-fall skydive
coach or a canopy piloting coach to travel to your home drop-zone, a USD 360.00
guarantee/ day and a 5-day minimum booking requirement apply together with a surcharge
to compensate for air-fare, transit and accommodation.
SKYDIVE COACHING - BOOKING PROCEDURES
If you want to
fly with a personal skydive coach, feel free to visit us anytime at
the Flight Club skydiving school. In order to keep it fair for everybody, we
accommodate walk-in booking requests on a first-come first-serve basis. To
reserve your personal slot prior to your arrival at the drop-zone, please send us a booking request.
THINKING OF A PROFESSIONAL CAREER IN THE
If you are an
experienced skydiver with a high level of in-air proficiency and considering a
professional career as a skydiving coach or instructor, then this might be for
Flight Club hosts upon
request a variety of skydive instructor rating courses which
can help you qualify for USPA Coach- and USPA AFF instructor ratings and UPT
endorsed Vector/ Sigma tandem instructor ratings.
offers mentoring for all those amongst you, who have a skydiving dream and
need a little help to make that all happen.
skydive students is obviously not the only way to make money in the sport.
There are plenty of other opportunities for a professional career in the
world-wide skydiving industry.
You can work as
a pilot, mechanic, drop-zone operator, in marketing, in all kind of associated
manufacturing sectors, as a rigger, as a canopy test-pilot, in the military
sector, in the IT sector, in photo- and video production and post-production
For all those
amongst you, out there on a skydiving mission of some sort and looking for
professional support and guidance along the way to make things happen,
this might be for you!
Check out the
Flight Club skydive mentoring program right here:
THE MENTORING PROCESS:
SHARING THE DREAM AND SHARING THE JOURNEY
Once we have an idea where the journey goes, we
can navigate you towards that goal by:
laying out a roadmap of how to get to where you
want to go,
helping you understand what it will take along
organizing the things we need and you don't have,
showing you a role-model approach,
sharing our experience and know-how,
teaching you the tricks of the trade,
spotting you before you make a false move,
motivating you when the going gets tough,
setting you up with the right people,
shielding you from bad influence,
managing your surroundings so you can focus on
supporting you when you need it most,
guiding you from waypoint to waypoint towards the
Thanks to our experience, know-how and a
professional- and social network spanning across the entire planet, Flight Club
has been able to help heaps of fellow skydivers move forward and find a solid
footing in the industry over the years. You too, can be one of them.
Every 10,000-mile journey starts with one initial
step. Contact us.
Flight Club charges a variable per week fee based
upon the total # of hours your project engages our representative
during each respective calendar week.
The total # of hours we spend working on your
project every week may vary as per your need.
You can choose freely from one calendar week
to the next calendar week for how many hours you want us to
engage. Accordingly, we invoice you separately for each week.
A non-refundable down-payment in the amount
of USD 1,000.00 is obligatory in order for us to enter into any kind of
mentoring agreement. This amount will be forward credited to your account.
SKYDIVE MENTORING - SEND US YOUR INQUIRY
Get in touch with
us, tell us about your project and let us know how you believe we might be able
to be of assistance.
Simply drop us an inquiry and we'll be sure to
get back to you in no time.