Although a good foundation in skydiving (and more importantly - tunnel flying) looks good on your resume, no previous experience in the sport is needed.
The first thing one must learn in the tunnel is to relax in a good, stable, body position. Then you must learn to perform six points of motion while flying on your belly. These are left turn, right turn, forward, backward, up, and and down. Once you are controlled and proficient with these maneuvers you can begin to learn more advanced belly flying skills or you can begin the free-flying progression. This begins with back flying. You then learn the same skills which you acquired on you belly: Entering the tunnel, exiting the tunnel, and 6 controlled points of motion. Then you will be ready to begin learning transitions (changes) between the different flying orientations. When combined, these transitions are “tricks”.
No. However, the wind tunnel is the cheapest, fastest, and easiest way to learn about almost all aspects of the free-fall portion of skydiving. Most skydivers actively use the tunnel to improve their flying skills.
The first thing one must learn in the tunnel is to relax in a good, stable, body position. Then you must learn to perform six points of motion while flying on your belly. These are left turn, right turn, forward, backward, up, and and down. Once you are controlled and proficient with these maneuvers, you can then start flying at higher wind speeds and being more aggressive with your movements … gradually allowing you to fly higher and higher in the wind column.
No. The wind-speed controller is not allowed to take instructions about wind-speed changes from anyone except the instructor conducting your session. If you wish a change to be made, you must communicate that to your instructor.
The instructor will be inside the tunnel for your safety at all times. To learn tricks we have a flight progression that will teach you how to fly, ask your instructor about how you can continue on the path.
Yes. As long as you wear approved ear plugs, jumpsuit, helmet and shoes. Your gear should be inspected by your instructor. If you require any gear, we always provide it free of charge.
No, facilities do not allow this
The investment is high but the rewards are much higher. The cost although not exact is around $10,000/person. This cost includes 12 hours of tunnel time and one month of training with an experienced course conductor. If you have questions or wish to join a course please contact us.
The skills developed as part of the IBA program can translate across many types of tunnels. However, due to the nature of the course the skills translate best to tunnels that have wall-to-wall airflow, a cable floor that the instructor can walk on and variable speed fans.
Once the course is complete you will receive an Instructor Rating. Management and training staff at facilities aswell as your team will constantly evaluate each instructor's progress in order to strive for greatness. Generally formal evaluations should be conducted every eight weeks.
Trainers designated by the IBA can conduct evaluations. Trainers can be rated to conduct Safety Meetings. An evaluation will be conducted by a Trainer Level 3 or higher as they will be approved to conduct facility safety meetings that cover all aspects of what is required to meet the standard.
Initial requirements are for each individual to demonstrate physical ability in order to be considered for training. The most important factor in an ideal instructor is their attitude; they should be customer service focused, have a can do attitude, and love dealing with people. Candidates will then begin a 12 hour multi-day (usually over a four week period) training program. Successful trainees will be awarded the Level I Instructor Rating.
As tunnels become operational, potential instructors will undergo training by attending a Flight Instructor Training Program (FITP) and upon successful completion will receive a Level I Instructor Rating. Constant evaluation by the tunnel's own staff will help ensure the continuation of correct techniques. Then, as instructors gain more proficiency, subsequent training by the IBA can help the staff achieve higher rating levels, this will allow for tunnels to safely allow flyers to more advanced skills.