I believe some tunnels try their best to be safe. Basic skills can be taught safely, more advanced skills can become more dangerous. We all know that the spotter/instructor can be experienced.. or not, and with the fast growth of the sport, there are a lot of instructors that have only a couple of years of experience, learning to fly very well, yet putting minimal effort into different spotting techniques. The unfortunate part is, their training may have been rushed, and some companies don’t want to properly invest in their instructors. Some facilities are in litigation with lawsuits from customers and instructors.
Some times ego can slow the learning process down, because instructors think they have it all figured out,(much like I did, when I had only 5 or 10 years of experience), but we need to listen to different techniques and even the newest of instructors, because they too have opinions, and the more tools we have in our tool box, the more valuable we become to this industry. We are stronger together! I like having two instructors in on advanced training, it’s safer, and allows us to gain more experience. Sometimes we have to spend money to save money.
I have seen instructors take flyers through unnecessary progressions because they didn’t want to spot a big flyer, because they were not sure if they could control them and keep them safe, or didn’t feel like working hard or being dragged around the tunnel. But crazy enough, would never ask for help. After all, the instructors don’t make more or less money if you come back or not, and they are not the ones who are in a lawsuit if you are hurt, so they may not work very hard for you, and you may have to fly on your back for 5+ hour$!
So as the customer, you are the boss, make sure that YOU are happy with the plan!