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Sit Fly Forward/Backward Movement

Once you can control a neutral, stable Sit Fly position, you will understand the basics of how your body, while in the vertical orientation, can be affected with slight body pitch changes. This will mean that controlling forward and backward movement is not unusual at this stage. Learning to balance these inputs to demonstrate controlled and defined forward and backward movements, is described in this technique.

Because these inputs require reflecting the air flow with your belly and back, you will need to have learned all of the Belly-Flying and Back-Flying skills in IBA Levels 1 and 2.


The primary objective is to be able to safely and successfully begin in a neutral Sit-Flying position off the net, move forward, stop and move backward, and stop, returning to neutral.


You will begin on one side of the tunnel, in your neutral Sit-Fly position, at a wind speed that will allow you to leave the net comfortably. Your back should be close to the wall, leaving the majority of the tunnel in front of you available for movement. Once you have completed your forward movement, you will want to stop on the opposite side of the tunnel, leaving space between you and the wall in front of you, then moving backward to return to your original position.


  • From a neutral position, your lower body will remain neutral until you are comfortable and have shown proficiency with the movement
  • Push your shoulders back, placing your upper back more into the airflow to produce drive
  • Legs/knees stay shoulder-width apart
  • Your arms will remain in a neutral position throughout
  • Keep your head rotated back with your eyes looking forward
  • To stop the forward drive, you will move your upper body forward past neutral, leaning your chest into the airflow to oppose the input, as you would to start a backward movement
  • To increase the speed of the movement, push your heels down and slightly forward (to help create more of a wing) during the forward movement


  • Ready to go the opposite direction? Visit the IBA Skill page for tips on how to move backwards while Sit Flying.

Check In

  • Were you able to maintain stability throughout each movement without gaining or losing altitude, or changing heading?
  • Are you ready to increase the speed of the movements by applying more advanced techniques?

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

More Tutorial Videos

Previous Tutorial, Back to Sit transition

Next tutorial, Sit-Fly, Left and Right

IBA Back Fly Tutorials HERE

IBA Sit Fly Tutorials HERE

IBA Dynamic Progression Tutorials HERE