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Barrel Roll Back to Belly

In conjunction with learning the Belly to Back Barrel Roll_, it is likely that you will also learn the Back to Belly Barrel Roll at the same time. This is because the completion of one transition will set you up for the other, and vice versa. These transitions are the first of many transitions that you will learn in your flight progression and are your first look at going from one orientation to another, seamlessly._In order to learn this transition, you will need to be very comfortable with both belly-flying and back-flying for all of the eight points of motion, so that once you arrive in to your new orientation, you are comfortable right away.


The primary objective is to be able to safely and successfully start in a neutral Back Flying body position in the center of the tunnel and perform a half-barrel roll transition from your back to your belly, ending in a neutral Belly Flying position, still in the center of the tunnel, and at the same altitude in which you started.


  • Begin in the center of the tunnel in a neutral Back Flying position
  • Initiate the transition with your lower body and allow your upper body to follow
  • Pick a preferred direction to rotate as this will determine how you will initiate the maneuver
  • For a barrel roll to the right, you will pull your right foot and leg down and underneath your left leg and cross your left leg over the top. For a barrel roll to the left, initiate with the left leg.
  • Allow your hips to follow as your legs begin to rotate, your upper body will follow last.
  • As you roll to your belly, aim to enter a neutral Belly Flying body position promptly
  • During the rotation, your arms will remain neutral throughout
  • Once you finish on your belly you may need to make small position adjustments to maintain heading, altitude and to remain in the center of the tunnel
  • Aim to keep eye contact with a reference point in front of you, this will assist in maintaining a heading and altitude
  • You will need to focus on keeping your legs bent throughout this maneuver to ensure you don’t create any unwanted forward drive

Check In

  • How did your performance match the initial objectives?
  • Were you able to transition smoothly, staying on the initial heading and altitude?

Visit the IBA Skills page to download the full lesson plan and to find additional post-flight evaluation questions and suggestions.

More Tutorial Videos

Previous Tutorial: Barrel Roll, Belly to Back HERE

Next tutorial, Back Flip, Belly to Back, HERE

Other IBA Back Fly Tutorials HERE

IBA Dynamic Progression series HERE