With Andrew Happick
Welcome back to Skydive Paraclete XP’s #TipTuesday! Our educational tutorials are for most levels and disciplines of tunnel flyers to hone in their skills as they learn to perfect their flight in the wind tunnel. Stay tuned, as each month we will introduce a new tip from various instructors in different disciplines. This month, Andrew Happick, a national champion from the SDC Rhythm XP, demonstrates how to perfect leg turns using your knees from a belly-to-earth orientation.
* Note: please confer with your tunnel instructor before trying any new skills; they will provide tailored instruction because each flyer is unique and all tutorials and skills may not be suitable for each flyer.
First, approach the chamber door and pause. Then, with bent knees and a little forward momentum, enter the column of wind onto your stomach, in an arched position and your arms and legs symmetrical, so you are in a stable, belly-down position. Once you have control, then you can begin your leg turn drills.
It’s straightforward to remember which leg does what during leg turns. However, visualizing and practicing before you enter the chamber will help you maximize training time in the wind tunnel. Here’s how to do a belly orientation leg turn:
Center-Point Turn: a center point turn is one in which a flyer moves their body so as to take up little space, staying in the same column of air
To stop the turn, simply return the knee and legs into the neutral position.
It is easy to have wiggly legs or too powerful of leg input – especially with performance jumpsuits. Since our legs are the biggest surface area, they control much of our movement. If we want to maintain control, we must be in a good body position to start and move intentionally and smoothly as you make small adjustments with the various leg positions.
This drill allows you to fly in a controlled and efficient manner, taking up little space in the wind column. Essentially, efficient moves like this will allow space for other flyers in the tunnel, allowing you to create formations. This is great training for those interested in 4-Way FS, 8-Way FS or just becoming proficient in their belly orientation or formation skydiving skills.
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The entire staff is extraordinarily professional and gracious. They are extremely safety conscious while at the same time giving everyone as much freedom as they can safely manage. A rare combination. While we (adults) were there, our instructor also suited up and trained a 2-year-old boy and a three-year-old girl.