FAQs - Instructor

Flyers must be able to perform controlled 6 points of motion (forward, backwards, left turn, right turn, up, and down) in belly, back, and sit orientations.  They must also be signed off to perform sit to sit transitions.

Qualified coaches may give the safety briefing but the instructor will need to confirm that all the appropriate information is presented to the flyer. 

Although most are, not all of them are active skydivers

Absolutely. Use the flyer directory option on this website and use the Filter feature to search all instructors to see where they are located.

Seeing the excited face of first time students experiencing the thrill of bodyflight for the first time.

The wind-speed controller can be of assistance with helping to adjust the students body position.  It is the primary job of the wind-speed controller to adjust the wind-speed appropriately.  

Only expert controllers possess the multitasking skill needed to safely accomplish this task.  So, one must carefully consider when to utilize this help.  A wind-speed controller should never offer help to a flyer unless the instructor has requested it.

Ensuring the student is having fun and aimed at the camera when photos are taken.  It is easy to sell a product that you believe in.

Students who attempt to perform advanced maneuvers in the tunnel without the needed training and assistance present the greatest safety risk to themselves and the instructor who must attempt to spot the individual.

The 3 most important things a first-time flyer can do is to Hold Still, Relax, and keep their Chin Up.  

When presented with too much information, flyers tend to forget important aspects of flying.  A student will do well if they remember the hand signals as well as the need to be still, relaxed, and to keep their chin up.  Limiting the information given to them, increases their chances of remembering these key items.

Earplug insertion can present a problem for many flyers.  Children's earplugs should always be inserted by an instructor to ensure correct placement and no hearing loss for the child.  Adults may insert their own earplug with the appropriately explained technique, but the correct placement should be confirmed by the instructor.

Suits should fit first time students without being tight or excessively baggy.  A loose fitting suit will allow the flyer to get lift with slower wind speed.  This provides a safer environment for the student and coach.  As a flyer progresses, they will want a tighter suit.  Eventually, a custom suit is recommended.

By making a personal connection with a students through your class and tunnel behavior, one can greatly help to keep students relaxed.  This can be accomplished by being confident, knowledgeable, friendly, smiling, and avoiding any behavior that would indicate to the student that flying is anything but safe, fun, and easy.

Each student is different.  As a general rule, it is better to not let a first time flyer go above your head until you are comfortable that their flying will be predictable when out of reach.  It is good to be reasonably sure that your flyer will stay still and relaxed with their head up even when flying at a higher level.  Also, it is good to be sure they will use their hands to push away from the wall once you are unable to keep them from hitting the wall.  It is never a good idea to allow a small child to be out of your reach or let anyone fly in a way that you are uncomfortable spotting them.  

Before a student can move to the next level in the IBA progression, they must be proficient in flying 6 points of points of motion.  These are left, right, forward, backward, up, and down.  Although these are the minimum standards for progressing, much more skill is needed to efficiently fly in a new orientation.  An effective instructor/coach will ensure the student has met the minimum safety standards to move forward and that moving on will be an effective use of their flight time.

Although a good foundation in skydiving (and more importantly - tunnel flying) looks good on your resume, no previous experience in the sport is needed.

No. As stated in your ratings book, no instructor can be signed off for a particular discipline until the preceding level has been successfully completed. You will however be able to begin training on this discipline whilst working towards that particular level.

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.

If you are currently working full time at a facility, it will be under a set routine as to when your particular evaluations will occur. Attending one of these set meetings will be the only way to keep a current rating. If you don't work as Instructor for a period of greater than thirty days, you must ensure that do some re-currency training to ensure that you are proficient in all skills that you are rated to perform. An Instructor must complete one Safety Meeting per quarter to remain an active Instructor Rating holder along with work a minimum amount of Instructor hours as defined in the Instructor manual.

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.