For beginning, intermediate and advanced skydive coaches, teachers and organisers.
The Coach Masterclass Level I & II
October 9-14 2022
Skytime Castellon, Spain
The mission of The Coach Masterclass is to educate the current and next generation of skydive coaches, teachers and organisers.
Due to easy access to flight progression through wind tunnels and general growth of the sport of bodyflying, 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 masterclass, 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 or teacher.
The masterclass certificate is proof that a participant has successfully completed the class, 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 masterclass 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 masterclass consists of five days of intensive learning in a group with two of your peers, guided by top-level professional coaches who have decades of experience. The days are divided in practical learning (while skydiving) and theoretical lessons in which we cover all of the essentials that make up the safe practice of coaching and load organising. In 2020 we launched Level II module of the masterclass, accessible to anyone who has completed Level I.
Details Level I
Able to come and take a grip in head up and head down
Able to stay in your slot (+/- 2m) in all belly angles
In this class we study all areas of coaching and load-organising with intermediate freefly students and groups in basic HU, HD, tracking and angle jumps.
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
Successfully completed Level I of The Coach Masterclass (no exceptions)
In this class we study coaching beginner groups, 1-on-1 coaching, advanced coaching, working with incompatible groups, students who have a higher skill level than the coach, challenging students.
Teaching beginners & 1-on-1 coaching
– Dynamic lines
– 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 2022
Successfully completed Level II of The Coach Masterclass.
In this class we study leading highly skilled flyers, working at high profile events, how to become a desired coach/LO, creating your own events, organising formation records, how to become a Masterclass Leader, working with sponsors.
What, where, when?
To be announced
To be announced.
The price usually includes:
- 5 days of intensive teaching
- 15 jumps
- shared 2-person hotel room
- 3 meals a day
- airport transfer if needed
Accommodation and food is included for 6 days / nights.
Who is teaching?
Our regular class leaders include:
Jasper van der Meer
We invite special guest teachers for specific modules.
After successful completion of The Coach Masterclass you will get a certificate to prove it. We are working to increase the international recognition of this certificate. You can view all previous participants and their completed levels here.
To be announced
To be announced
You will be asked to pay a 750€ deposit to secure your slot. Part of this deposit is non-refundable. The remaining amount should be paid latest one week before the start of the event.
To reserve your slot you need to agree to our general booking conditions.
If you have any questions about this class, don’t hesitate to ask them per email or via our contact form.
Classes of 2019, 2020 and 2021: