Competition Coaching

Photo by Niklas Daniel

We offer several levels of team coaching to fit your ambitions and needs. No matter if you are new to team skydiving disciplines and learning the dive pool, or a veteran of a national/international competition wanting to raise your point average, AXIS coaching can help you reach your next milestone.

As a way to track your progress, you will receive AXIS merits for your knowledge and execution of a dive pool (available for FS, MFS, and VFS).

The description below is an example for FS 4-Way.
In a similar fashion we also build teams for MFS 2-Way and VFS 4-Way.

Team Coaching Level 1

Photo by Niklas Daniel.
AXIS Coach™ Brianne Thompson coaching a weekend team

«X-pansion Projects»
(Team Building)

Would you like to find out if formation skydiving is for you? Then we invite you to take part in our AXIS X-pansion ™ projects. AXIS Flight School has a large student body to draw from in order to form weekend teams. Participants of similar skill levels are exposed to quality training that involves jumping as well as tunnel coaching with one or two AXIS coaches as part of the formation.

"Jumping with a consistent group of people is a great way to improve both individual and team flying skills, as well as tracking progress. It can get quite frustrating when all you want to do is a 4-way, but then it grows to an 11-way. This is to help eliminate those pesky weekend jumping tendencies ;)" — Brianne Thompson

If this project is something you would like to be a part of, simply contact Brianne at
brianne [at] axisflightschool.com.

Team Coaching Level 2

Photo courtesy of iFly VA Beach.
Two-on-Two Player-Coach Team competing at the indoor nationals.

«Player-Coach Teams»
(Feeding Your Passion)

Those who are bit by the "4-way bug" are welcome to return and continue learning and training with AXIS coaches for a training season. Team and individual goals can be tailored to a group’s level of ambition. In many cases, X-pansion Project teams end up forming a player coach team to compete with an AXIS coach at the USPA Nationals in their first year. There are several divisions a team can enter based on skill level and experience. In order to compete and effectively train, a full time videographer needs to be incorporated in the season’s training plan.

Team Coaching Level 3

«Competition Coaching»
(Sharpen Your Edge)

Competition coaching: debriefing with video
Photo by Niklas Daniel.
Video debrief with AXIS Coach™ Brianne Thompson

AXIS Coaches™ have been on the USA Parachute Team multiple times in various disciplines, and have proven through example how to achieve an elite level. Our coaches can assist in your team’s endeavors by passing on their knowledge and experience onto your team. On your pursuit to greatness, a coach can off set much of the burdens associated with high-level training as an external support element.

AXIS Formation Skydiving Merits

By demonstrating your proficiency in the various dive pools, you can earn the following AXIS Merits:

4-Way FS DivePool (FAI:IPC / USPA / USIS)

4-Way FS Intermediate

4-Way FS Advanced

4-Way FS Open

4-Way FS
DivePool 2019

2-Way MFS DivePool (USPA)

2-Way MFS Intermediate

2-Way MFS Advanced

2-Way MFS Open

2-Way MFS
DivePool 2019

2-Way VFS DivePool (USIS)

2-Way VFS Intermediate

2-Way VFS Advanced

2-Way VFS Open

2-Way VFS
DivePool 2019

4-Way VFS DivePool (FAI:IPC / USPA / USIS)

4-Way VFS Intermediate

4-Way VFS Advanced

4-Way VFS Open

4-Way VFS
DivePool 2019

Available Merits

4-Way FS Intermediate (FAI:IPC / USPA / USIS)

Recipient has demonstrated the knowledge and skill to perform the USPA Intermediate dive pool of 4-Way Formation Skydiving.

How this Merit is Earned

Recipient has demonstrated the following to the satisfaction of an AXIS Coach™: a) Formation recognition, b) Bodyflight skills to perform the functions of a specific slot, c) Ability to identify various engineering options, d) Participation in a competition hosted by USPA, USIS, NSL, IBA or AXIS.

4-Way FS Advanced (FAI:IPC / USPA / USIS)

Recipient has demonstrated the knowledge and skill to perform the USPA Advanced dive pool of 4-Way Formation Skydiving.

How this Merit is Earned

Recipient has demonstrated the following to the satisfaction of an AXIS Coach™: a) Formation recognition, b) Bodyflight skills to perform the functions of a specific slot, c) Ability to identify various engineering options, d) Participation in a competition hosted by USPA, USIS, NSL, IBA or AXIS.

4-Way FS Open (FAI:IPC / USPA / USIS)

Recipient has demonstrated the knowledge and skill to perform the USPA Open dive pool of 4-Way Formation Skydiving.

How this Merit is Earned

Recipient has demonstrated the following to the satisfaction of an AXIS Coach™: a) Formation recognition, b) Bodyflight skills to perform the functions of a specific slot, c) Ability to identify various engineering options, d) Participation in a competition hosted by USPA, USIS, NSL, IBA or AXIS.

2-Way MFS Intermediate (USPA)

Recipient has demonstrated the knowledge and skill to perform the USPA Intermediate dive pool of 2-Way Mixed Formation Skydiving.

How this Merit is Earned

Recipient has demonstrated the following to the satisfaction of an AXIS Coach™: a) Formation recognition, b) Bodyflight skills to perform the functions of a specific slot, c) Ability to identify various engineering options, d) Participation in a competition hosted by USPA or AXIS.

2-Way MFS Advanced (USPA)

Recipient has demonstrated the knowledge and skill to perform the USPA Advanced dive pool of 2-Way Mixed Formation Skydiving.

How this Merit is Earned

Recipient has demonstrated the following to the satisfaction of an AXIS Coach™: a) Formation recognition, b) Bodyflight skills to perform the functions of a specific slot, c) Ability to identify various engineering options, d) Participation in a competition hosted by USPA or AXIS.

2-Way MFS Open (USPA)

Recipient has demonstrated the knowledge and skill to perform the USPA Open dive pool of 2-Way Mixed Formation Skydiving.

How this Merit is Earned

Recipient has demonstrated the following to the satisfaction of an AXIS Coach™: a) Formation recognition, b) Bodyflight skills to perform the functions of a specific slot, c) Ability to identify various engineering options, d) Participation in a competition hosted by USPA or AXIS.

4-Way VFS Intermediate (FAI:IPC / USPA / USIS)

Recipient has demonstrated the knowledge and skill to perform the USPA Intermediate dive pool of 4-Way Vertical Formation Skydiving.

How this Merit is Earned

Recipient has demonstrated the following to the satisfaction of an AXIS Coach™: a) Formation recognition, b) Bodyflight skills to perform the functions of a specific slot, c) Ability to identify various engineering options, d) Participation in a competition hosted by USPA, USIS, IBA or AXIS.

4-Way VFS Advanced (FAI:IPC / USPA / USIS)

Recipient has demonstrated the knowledge and skill to perform the USPA Advanced dive pool of 4-Way Vertical Formation Skydiving.

How this Merit is Earned

Recipient has demonstrated the following to the satisfaction of an AXIS Coach™: a) Formation recognition, b) Bodyflight skills to perform the functions of a specific slot, c) Ability to identify various engineering options, d) Participation in a competition hosted by USPA, USIS, IBA or AXIS.

4-Way VFS Open (FAI:IPC / USPA / USIS)

Recipient has demonstrated the knowledge and skill to perform the USPA Open dive pool of 4-Way Vertical Formation Skydiving.

How this Merit is Earned

Recipient has demonstrated the following to the satisfaction of an AXIS Coach™: a) Formation recognition, b) Bodyflight skills to perform the functions of a specific slot, c) Ability to identify various engineering options, d) Participation in a competition hosted by USPA, USIS, IBA or AXIS.

2-Way VFS Intermediate (USIS)

Recipient has demonstrated the knowledge and skill to perform the USIS Intermediate dive pool of 2-Way Vertical Formation Skydiving.

How this Merit is Earned

Recipient has demonstrated the following to the satisfaction of an AXIS Coach™: a) Formation recognition, b) Bodyflight skills to perform the functions of a specific slot, c) Ability to identify various engineering options, d) Participation in an indoor competition hosted by USIS, IBA or AXIS.

2-Way VFS Advanced (USIS)

Recipient has demonstrated the knowledge and skill to perform the USIS Advanced dive pool of 2-Way Vertical Formation Skydiving.

How this Merit is Earned

Recipient has demonstrated the following to the satisfaction of an AXIS Coach™: a) Formation recognition, b) Bodyflight skills to perform the functions of a specific slot, c) Ability to identify various engineering options, d) Participation in an indoor competition hosted by USIS, IBA or AXIS.

2-Way VFS Open (USIS)

Recipient has demonstrated the knowledge and skill to perform the USIS Open dive pool of 2-Way Vertical Formation Skydiving.

How this Merit is Earned

Recipient has demonstrated the following to the satisfaction of an AXIS Coach™: a) Formation recognition, b) Bodyflight skills to perform the functions of a specific slot, c) Ability to identify various engineering options, d) Participation in an indoor competition hosted by USIS, IBA or AXIS.

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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