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Flying the 4way VFS Dive Pool

Moving on from becoming proficient at the 2way Vertical Formation Skydiving (VFS) dive pool, using that as a stepping stone to increase your skills and awareness as a flyer, will lead you to learning the 4 way VFS dive pool. Begin by first learning the Advanced section of the dive pool. As you become comfortable flying 4way VFS and gaining knowledge of what each team member is doing during each Random Formation and Block Sequence, move on, taking what you already know and using the same set of skills, and increase them to the additional Randoms and Blocks for the Open dive pool.

Note: The Dive Pool was updated in the 2017, with more maneuvers added.

Block Sequences

  1. Arrowhead
  2. Claw
  3. HD Accordion
  4. Chain Gang
  5. Mixed Accordion
  6. Snowflake
  7. Flower
  8. Buddy
  9. Shorty
  10. Boule
  11. Fun Buddies
  12. Pinwheel
  13. HD Star
  14. Satellite
  15. Bipole
  16. Chimmy
  17. Zin
  18. Ding
  19. Angry Pelican
  20. Box
  21. Top Spot
  22. Core Buddies

Random Formations

  • A. Cross
  • B. Gulley
  • C. Shoeshine
  • D. Sitline
  • E. Wave
  • F. Double Joker
  • G. Mixed Star
  • H. T-Bird
  • J. Flock
  • K. Anchor
  • L. Rebel
  • M. Dentri
  • N. Double Rebel
  • O. Trident
  • P. Cortex
  • Q. Mixed Wave

Before entering a 4way VFS competition, become comfortable with the IBA rules of the event and of your particular class.

Use the IBA Draw Generator to create random sequences, practicing as if in a real competition environment.

Last, don't forget to have fun!

More Tutorial Videos

Previous Tutorial, Reverse Half and Full Eagles

IBA Sit Fly Tutorials HERE

IBA Back Fly Tutorials HERE

IBA Dynamic Progression Tutorials HERE

This article was originally published on @the_iba