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Lazarus_762  (A 67183)

Sep 15, 2012, 10:20 PM
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how the Hell do you practice for a backflip? Up until now, I have been able to practice and rehearse at home, at work, at the gym...where-ever. How in hell can I practice doing a backflip in freefall? WTF????
ShockedShockedShocked


ReluctantStool  (A 65507)

Sep 15, 2012, 10:26 PM
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Jump out of a plane.... Bring your knees to your chest, throw your head back. Its easier than you think. Just go for it and have fun!!!!Smile


Lazarus_762  (A 67183)

Sep 15, 2012, 10:33 PM
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Jump out of a plane.... Bring your knees to your chest, throw your head back. Its easier than you think. Just go for it and have fun!!!!Smile

BWAAHAAHAA! Love it! would have done it today, but my credit card is as thin as a piece of tissue paper...CoolCool


The111  (D 29246)

Sep 15, 2012, 10:39 PM
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Swimming pool.

Water is a fluid like air, just much more viscous. Initiating a backflip underwater takes the same body motions it does in freefall.


Southern_Man  (C License)

Sep 16, 2012, 2:09 AM
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Relax about the backflip. One thing to remember is you are not being judged on the quality of your backflip. The whole point of the drill is to get unstable, then to regain stability again. If your backflip is beautiful that is great. If not, as long as you gain stability again, that is great too.

[note: not an instructor but that is what I have always heard from them]


mahonie10  (B License)

Sep 16, 2012, 4:39 AM
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invision yourself breaking a stick over both your knees when you bring them up. snap your hands down and look up, then open back up once you see ground.


Hermes70

Sep 16, 2012, 10:35 AM
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I second the motion for the swimming pool.


Squeak  (E 1313)

Sep 16, 2012, 5:49 PM
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All the pool advice etc.. is good advice if you want to learn a back flip proplerly, but if it is part of your AFF course, DONT BOTHER. the whole point of the bck flip is to get you unstable and then stable again.
In OZ at least, I dont know anyone who has failed an AFF level because their back flip was not good.


Lazarus_762  (A 67183)

Sep 16, 2012, 8:00 PM
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OK, cool...I'll quit stressing over it, and who knows, it may be a thing of beauty - probably not, but it's all good, and I'll be skydiving! Always a good thing.

It just keeps getting better, guys! Thanks for the advice...CoolCool


theonlyski  (D License)

Sep 17, 2012, 5:17 AM
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OK, cool...I'll quit stressing over it, and who knows, it may be a thing of beauty - probably not, but it's all good, and I'll be skydiving! Always a good thing.

It just keeps getting better, guys! Thanks for the advice...CoolCool

Shit, I had a level 1 AFF do so many backflips that I got dizzy... it can't be THAT hard! CrazyTongue


Lindenwood  (Student)

Sep 17, 2012, 6:57 AM
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The advice about pretending you are flipping under water is what my AFFI told me and what I do. My first attempt during AFF was bad, but I regained stability like they said I needed to show. I picked it up pretty quick and can do them pretty consistently now (I think :P).


mr2mk1g  (C 103449)

Sep 17, 2012, 7:07 AM
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All the above is just what I got taught when I was learning. Then I started going to the wind tunnel and learned I'd been doing it all wrong all along. Do whatever your instructors tell you. As above, it's more about being able to demonstrate regaining stability than actually doing a nice backflip. Learning to actually fly a backflip properly can come later... Probably after several hundred more jumps and some embarrassing trips to a tunnel. Unsure


Joellercoaster  (D 105792)

Sep 19, 2012, 6:06 AM
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embarrassing trips to a tunnel

Wait, there's another kind?


holie  (A License)

Sep 19, 2012, 7:15 AM
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- stand up, hands up arch
- hunker down, hands up, roll back
- backward roll to your belly
- arch on your belly

that's as easy Cool


popsjumper  (D 999999999)

Sep 23, 2012, 1:14 AM
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Shit, I had a level 1 AFF do so many backflips that I got dizzy... it can't be THAT hard! CrazyTongue

Twirl 'em like a two-handed baton or that "spinner" GF.


Mach1dmb  (B License)

Sep 23, 2012, 6:08 PM
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A few months ago when I tried it for my AFF jump I totally messed it up. I found the problem was that half way through it I would feel so unstable and not follow through all the way. Then I tried it on a solo and finally got it. It takes longer to fully flip than you expect. Also, I found that the best way to learn it was to not listen to anyones description of how to do it. Just do what you think will work and it will work.



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