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The video below is the first in IBA’s Flyer Level 2 Static Progression ‘how-to’ series, Neutral Stable Back Fly Position.
Once a flyer has demonstrated proficiency flying each of the eight points of motion for belly-flying involved in Level 1, they are ready to move onto flying on different axes of the body.
Back-flying is the most important position to be able to fly for any type of free-flying progression. It is your safety recovery position in the event of instability while learning other positions, so it is important that you become very comfortable in this orientation. Just like holding still and in control while flying on your belly, the primary objective is to be able to safely and successfully demonstrate that you can hold a neutral and stable back-flying body position. Even though you will initially begin your training while on the net, the end goal for this skill is to show that you can fly this position while hovering at a constant wind speed off the net.
Visit the IBA Skills page to download the full lesson plan and to find post-flight evaluation questions and suggestions:
Next Backfly article, Turns, HERE
Dynamic Progression series HERE