Focusing on beginning, intermediate and advanced freefly coaches.
September 30 – October 6
Based on the feedback from our team of coaches, we have realised that it’s time to start educating the educators, teaching the teachers, coaching the coaches. To this end, we have set up The Freefly Coach Workshop.
Due to easy access to flight progression through windtunnels, and general growth of the sport of freeflying, many skilled athletes are entering the scene, keen to start teaching. They might not have several thousand jumps of practical experience and many years of witnessing all that can happen on a dropzone. However, they often do have the right attitude towards learning. It is in part they who have asked us to come up with this workshop.
What, where, when?
In a week full of high intensity practical and theoretical classes by some of the most experienced teachers in our sport, we aim to teach beginner to experienced coaches all the ins and outs of freefly coaching and load organising. The goal is for them to boost their progression as a coach by directly tapping into the source of decades of experience.
This first edition of the Freefly Coach Workshop will take place during our Paradise event at Skydive Algarve, Portugal. The workshop runs during the first five days of the event, which covers two weeks in total (Sept 30 – Oct 11). It also includes attendance at the conference day on Sunday, Oct 6 in Portimao; a full day of inspiring talks by world leaders in our industry.
Five days of intensive skydiving in a group with three of your peers, guided by top-level professional freefly coaches with decades of experience. The week includes both practical and theoretical elements where we cover all of the essential elements which make up the safe practice of freefly coaching and load organising. Right now Will Penny and Domi Kiger are confirmed as workshop coaches, and two more names are to be announced shortly, as well as some other teachers for the theoretic modules.
During the first part of the week, we practice leading contemporary basic & intermediate level organised jumps in all orientations and learn about their pitfalls, progression, and smart variations. We cover topics like in-air communication, basic flying techniques and how to recognise and correct mistakes. In the second part of the week, you get to organise high-level kick ass freefly jumps for and with your peers. You can experiment with various kinds of jump ideas while being guided and inspired by your coach. Navigating more complicated flight patterns will also be covered.
The workshop includes classes on topics like didactics, group assessment and safety.
Can I join?
To join the workshop you need to be proficient in head up, head down and angle flying. You don’t need any coaching experience. We will assess each of you and ask for a recommendation from an experienced coach if necessary. To join, simply send us an email shortly describing your jumping (and windtunnel) experience and we’ll take it from there. Do this as soon as possible because we have limited slots and it will fill up.
You may also combine the workshop during week one of Paradise with normal participation during week two of Paradise.
Sunday 6 October – conference day
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 on the beach and a delicious lunch.
Everyone who completes The Freefly Coach Workshop will get a certificate to prove this. As we roll out more Coach Workshops in the future, our goal is to turn this into a valuable certificate with international recognition.
The cost of the workshop is 1540 EUR, which includes hotel, shared rental car / airport pickup, all coaching and classes and 20 group jumps. You will be able to do more group jumps for 35 EUR per jump. It also includes your entry to the conference day on Oct 6. More info on this coming later.
As this is the first time we’re launching this idea, we can imagine that you have some more questions about it. Don’t hesitate to ask them per email or via our contact form.