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The Sit Flying Side Slide is a skill in itself that will be used in conjunction with other Sit Fly skills especially for moving around other flyers and positioning yourself within a group. Unlike the other basic Sit Flying moves, it is unlikely that you will have learned the basics of this skill during your progression.
Before you begin to learn Sit Fly Side Sliding, you will first need to be very comfortable in your neutral Sit Fly position, off the net at moderate to fast wind speeds, with controlled turns, and with forward/backward, and up/downward movements completed. At this point, it is likely you will already know how to enter and exit the tunnel while Sit Flying, but it is not required.
The primary objective is to be able to safely and successfully side slide from one side of the wind tunnel to the other, under control the entire time, maintaining a consistent altitude and heading, without contacting the wall at any time.
You will begin by Sit Flying off of the net, at approximately waist level. You should be close to one side of the tunnel and positioned so there is no doorway in the flight path of your side slide as this can present an obstacle.
After you flight session review these questions with your tunnel Instructor and Coach:
Visit the IBA Skills page to download the full lesson plan and to find post-flight evaluation questions and suggestions.
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