The mission of The Freefly Coach Workshop is to educate the current and next generation of skydive coaches and load organisers.
Due to easy access to flight progression through wind tunnels and general growth of the sport of freeflying, there are many skilled athletes entering the scene, keen to teach and organise jumps. They might not have several thousand jumps of practical experience and many years of witnessing all that can happen at a dropzone. However, they do often have the right attitude towards learning. It is in part they who have asked us to create this workshop.
In a week of high intensity practical and theoretical teaching by some of the most experienced coaches and load organisers in our sport, we aim to deliver extremely high value for participants. The goal is for them to boost their progression by directly tapping into the source of decades of experience.
The reason why it’s called a workshop rather than a course or a license, is because being a good coach or load organiser consists of many different qualities and after a one week course, we can’t guarantee that a participant is a good coach.
The workshop certificate is proof that a participant has successfully completed the workshop, which gives him or her a broad knowledge base and a good judgement of their own abilities and what experience they might lack. With this certificate in hand, they know themselves if they are ready to start (or continue) gaining experience as a coach or load organiser and can do so with much more insight.
Can I join?
It’s a common misunderstanding that this workshop is only meant for people who are just beginning to coach. If you have already been coaching or load organising for a while and you want to invest in your career by learning from the best, this is your chance. People with no coaching or LO experience are also welcome. We do have some minimum flying skill requirements: you need to be proficient in head up, head down and belly angle flying. You should easily be able to find your way around the sky in these positions. You’ll be focussing on others, safety, navigation and teaching in free fall, so your own flying should go without too much thinking. If you have doubts about your level, let us know and we’ll have a chat about it.
The workshop consists of six days of intensive learning in a group with two of your peers, guided by top-level professional freefly coaches who have decades of experience. The days are divided in practical teaching (while skydiving) and theoretical lessons in which we cover all of the essentials that make up the safe practice of freefly coaching and load organising. New this year will be a Level II module of the workshop, accessible to anyone who has completed Level I.
Details Level I
In this workshop we study all areas of coaching and load-organising with intermediate freefly students and groups in basic HU, HD, tracking and angle jumps.
Able to come and take a grip in head up and head down
Able to stay in your slot (+/- 2m) in all belly angles
The role of a coach/LO
General knowledge and behaviour
DZ ground procedures
– Aircraft behaviour
– Canopy piloting
The general theory of sport education
Structuring a (de-)briefing
– Head up jumps
– Head down jumps
– Tracking jumps
– Angle flying
– Medium big ways
Break off procedures
Details Level II
In this workshop we study coaching beginner groups, 1-on-1 coaching, leading highly skilled flyers, working with incompatible groups, students who have a higher skill level than the coach, difficult students.
Successfully completed Level I of the workshop
– Dynamic lines
– Carving and changing direction
– Head up angle
– Flips ’n shit
– Big ways
– Planning progress through multiple jumps
– Working with non-matching skill levels, differentiation
The general theory of sport education – part 2
Details Level III
scheduled for 2021
In this workshop we study working at high profile events, how to become a desired coach/LO, creating your own events, organising formation records, how to become a Workshop Leader, working with sponsors.
Successfully completed Level II of the workshop
What, where, when?
The next edition of the Freefly Coach Workshop will take place during Paradise Portugal at Skydive Algarve.
Level I coach workshop: 27 Sept – 4 Oct
Level II coach workshop: 4 – 9 Oct
Both modules include attendance at the conference day on Sunday Oct 4th in Portimao – a full day of inspiring talks by world leaders in our industry.
1740 EUR per Level
This includes 8 nights accommodation, shared rental car and 15 jumps. This year we’ve also included breakfast and packjobs so we can use more of our precious time learning.
Who is teaching?
Jasper van der Meer
We invite several guest teachers for some of the modules. More teachers to be announced depending on the number of participants.
Sunday 4 October – Life as a Pro conference day
This is included in the workshop. A full day of inspirational talks by world leaders in skydiving about life as a pro skydiver, covering a wide range of subjects like the value of experience, social ethics, the teacher’s role and entertainment in the sport. Including break time activities and a lunch.
After successful completion of the Freefly Coach Workshop you will get a certificate to prove it. As we roll out more Coach Workshops in the future, this will most likely become a valuable certificate with international recognition.
If you have any questions about this workshop, don’t hesitate to ask them per email or via our contact form.
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