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Belly Fly Sideslides

Side slides
Side slides

Belly flying side slides will complete the basics of the “8 points of movement.

As with other belly flying skills they be an integral part of making you a well rounded belly flyer. By now you will be familiar using your upper and lower body together for specific movements and side sliding will use those same concepts.

Learning Points

Keep these key elements in mind when learning this skill:


  • Initiate the slide using both your upper and lower body so that you can maintain a constant heading when you move. Using only one input can typically cause a turn.
  • For a slide to the left, your left knee and your left elbow will be lowered down into the airflow to create the body pitch which will cause the drive. The opposite is true for a slide to the right.
  • Usually you will use slightly more knee input as the lower body is typically heavier than the upper body, so it will require slightly more drive.
  • Once you reach the half-way point in the tunnel, return to a neutral position and prepare to stop.
  • To stop the slide, simply lower the opposite knee and elbow (like starting a slide in the opposite direction). Once you stop, then you can return to a neutral position and set up for a slide in the opposite direction.
  • Constantly manage your arched position at your torso to maintain the desired altitude; try to avoid any altitude changes.


  • Once you feel comfortable with basic side slides, you will want to introduce more of your body to the airflow which will ultimately give you more power or drive.
  • For the slide to the left, you can lower you left knee and elbow slightly more, and raise your right elbow and right knee.
  • When you un-level your elbows and knees more, you will expose more of your torso which will create more driving surface.
  • Be aware that creating more drive can quickly increase the speed of the side slide (which is the goal), so you will need to be prepared for when to stop.
  • Similar to how you stop the basic slide, you will need to oppose the entire input that you are creating to stop your side slide. Again, keep in mind that the faster you are traveling, the sooner you will need to apply the stopping input so that you can stop prior to contacting the wall.

Download the full lesson plan with images here

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