Skydiver

Freeflying offers challenge, excitement and reward. The mode of skydiving used when learning to skydive (known as flat flying) is considered fairly two dimensional. Freeflying, on the other hand, gives you greater freedom to manoeuvre in three dimensions. Freeflying skills are initially learned in a one on one environment as you work towards the BPA FS1 and FF2 ratings

But freeflying seems difficult and learning expensive

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In skydiving, if you’ve completed 25 jumps it can generally be looked upon as having “had a go”. Most people have probably ended up spinning on their backs, usually because they’ve been looking in the wrong place, or they’ve tried far too early to sit or even go head down. Our BPA coach says, “People must first be confident flying on their back, and then in sit before moving onto flying on their head.” With these wise words in mind our highly tailored programme starts you off at the appropriate point and leads you on a carefully planned journey, where you may well find some of the exercises challenging but you’ll always be excited at the results!

The British Parachute Association Approach.

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The BPA system highlights well the various staging posts in terms of technical ability and what you must achieve in each orientation ( sit and head down ) before moving on. Specifically the following are the ratings and what you will be able to do having completed the course for each one.

BPA FF1 ( Sit Fly or head up ) – 6 Levels

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- Level 1: Back flying and Headup (sit fly) position
- Level 2: Turns in Headup
- Level 3:Loops (cartwheels,etc)
- Level 4:Speed changes (Slowing down & Speedingup)
- Level 5: Horizontal movement (forwards & backwards)
- Level 6: FF1 Jump- Graduation . (Headup exit, Turns, Speed changes, cartwheels, move forwards, move backwards).This level combines all the skills we have learnt and allows us to show we can performthem all in one jump.

The Route to FF2 or head down flying

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The route to FF2 (controlled headdown) takes some time and patience. There is a different route for everyone depending on previous freefly experience. Depending on the candidates previous experience and ability the course is tailored. Early on we concentrate on changing angles back flying and tracking . Then we would work on Headup transitions flying particularly cartwheels. From this point we put you on your head more and more we give you the skills to help you ” hang of your legs ” upside down.

Although this route is different for everyone, a weeks intensive coaching will bring somebody who has the FF1 ( sit flying qualification ) to a point where they can fly head down in groups.