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Sky Coaching

«Skydiving has lots to offer. With so many disciplines, you might be missing out on something fun you don’t even know exists.»
—Niklas

Photo by Niklas Daniel

Professional, regular coaching is essential to advance your skills, introduce you to new disciplines and polish your performance. The careful and procedural work you do with a coach provides you with goals and tangible evidence of progress. Deliberate practice builds skill and confidence, which equals more fun. A coaches’ job is to assess you current knowledge and ability level; then come up with relevant tasks that are fun and challenging to foster growth and confidence. Making the commitment to yourself to make a couple of coached jumps per month (or a few minutes of tunnel) is better than not committing to any at all. With a coach alongside you, you’ll feel professionally supported in your effort.

«It’s never too early or late to receiving professional coaching.»
—Brianne

  • 1-on-1 Body-flight (all orientations and transitions)
  • Exit Techniques (side door and ramp)
  • Tracking and Angle Flying
  • Big Way Skills (Belly and freefly)
  • Coach and AFF-I Preparation
  • Camera Flying (see Camera Coaching)
  • Competition Teams (see Team Coaching)
  • Wounded Vets (see Operation Enduring Warrior)
  • Military

Bring your gear, log book, and a memory storage device for videos.

Available Merits

Sky Belly Flyer

Recipient has demonstrated the knowledge and skills of a proficient belly flyer in the sky.

How this Merit is Earned

Recipient has demonstrated the following to the satisfaction of an AXIS Coach™: a) Belly-fly Aircraft Floating Exit, b) Belly-fly Aircraft Diving Exit, c) Belly Dive, d) Neutral/Stable Belly-flying Orientation, e) Belly-fly Left / Right Turn, f) Belly-fly Forward / Backward, g) Belly-fly Up / Down, h) Belly-fly Side Sliding, i) Belly In- / Out-face Carving, j) Belly Burble Hops, k) Grip taking, l) Belly Break-off, m) Belly Flat-track

Sky Back Flyer

Recipient has demonstrated the knowledge and skills of a proficient back flyer in the sky.

How this Merit is Earned

Achieved prerequisite merit: Sky Belly Flyer.
In addition, recipient has demonstrated the following to the satisfaction of an AXIS Coach™: a) Back-fly Aircraft Floating Exit, b) Back-fly Aircraft Diving Exit, c) Back Dive, d) Neutral/Stable Back-fly Orientation, e) Back-fly Left / Right Turn, f) Back-fly Forward / Backward, g) Back-fly Up / Down, h) Back-fly Side Sliding, i) Belly to Back Left / Right Half Barrel Roll Transition, j) Back to Belly Left / Right Half Barrel Roll Transition, k) Belly to Back Front- / Back-flip Transition, l) Back to Belly Front- / Back-flip Transition, m) 360° Left / Right Barrel Roll, n) Back Burble Hops, o) Grip Taking, p) Back Break-off, q) Back Flat-track

Sky Head-up Flyer

Recipient has demonstrated the knowledge and skills of a proficient head-up flyer in the sky.

How this Merit is Earned

Achieved prerequisite merits: Sky Belly Flyer and Sky Back Flyer.
In addition, recipient has demonstrated the following to the satisfaction of an AXIS Coach™: a) Head-up Aircraft Floating Exit, b) Head-up Aircraft Standing Exit, c) Neutral / Stable Head-up Orientation, d) Head-up Left / Right Turn, e) Head-up Forward / Backward, f) Head-up Up / Down, g) Head-up Side Sliding, h) Belly to Head-up Back-flip Transition, i) Head-up to Belly Front-flip Transition, j) Back to Head-up Front-flip Transition, k) Head-up to Back Back-flip Transition, l) Head-up 360° Front- / Back-flip, m) Head-up 360° Right / Left Cartwheel, n) Head-up In- / Out-face Carve, o) Head-up Burble Hops, p) Grip Taking, q) Head-up Break-off

Sky Head-down Flyer

Recipient has demonstrated the knowledge and skills of a proficient head-down flyer in the sky.

How this Merit is Earned

Achieved prerequisite merits: Sky Belly Flyer, Sky Back Flyer, and Sky Head-up Flyer.
In addition, recipient has demonstrated the following to the satisfaction of an AXIS Coach™: a) Head-down Aircraft Floating Exit, b) Head-down Aircraft Diving Exit, c) Neutral/Stable Head-down Orientation, d) Head-down Up / Down, e) Head-down Left / Right Turn, f) Head-down Forward / Backward, g) Head-down Side Sliding, h) Belly to Head-down Front-flip Transition, i) Head-down to Belly Back-flip Transition, j) Back to Head-down Back-flip Transition, k) Head-down to Back Front-flip Transition, l) Head-down to Head-up Front- / Back-flip Transition, m) Head-up to Head-down Front- / Back-flip Transition, n) Head-down 360° Front- / Back-flip, o) Head-down to Head-up Right / Left Cartwheel, p) Head-up to Head-down Right / Left Cartwheel, q) Head-down 360° Right / Left Cartwheel, r) Head-down In- / Out-face Carve, s) Head-down Burble Hops, t) Grip Taking, u) Head-down Break-off

Sky Angle Head-up Flyer

Recipient has demonstrated the knowledge and skills of a proficient angle head-up flyer in the sky.

How this Merit is Earned

Recipient has demonstrated the following to the satisfaction of an AXIS Coach™: a) In-air Navigation Skills (Chasing and Leading), b) Backward Movement, c) Forward Movement, d) Roll Transitions, e) Flip Transitions, f) Break-off

Sky Angle Head-down Flyer

Recipient has demonstrated the knowledge and skills of a proficient angle head-down flyer in the sky.

How this Merit is Earned

Recipient has demonstrated the following to the satisfaction of an AXIS Coach™: a) In-air Navigation Skills (Chasing and Leading), b) Backward Movement, c) Forward Movement, d) Roll Transitions, e) Flip Transitions, f) Break-off

Body Flight Theory—Part 1:
A Skydiving Coordinate System

By Niklas Daniel. Photos and illustrations by Niklas Daniel.

In order to fully exploit our body’s maneuvering potential in the air, we have to understand what is aerodynamically and physically possible and which underlying principles apply. This paper will eventually cover theory and application for all human flight disciplines, whether for training purposes or general inquiries.

The goal of part 1 of this paper is to establish a more elegant and convenient way to visualize body-flight movement with the purpose of creating order by introducing AXIS systems. You will be introduced to aerodynamic fundamentals and principles of a person in freefall – be it skydiving, base jumping, or flying in a vertical wind tunnel.

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