I coach tunnel flyers, although I am not an employee of a tunnel. A few things that I have observed and experienced, maybe they'll help you. 1. Two shorter sessions per visit are lots better than one longer one. I recommend people get two sessions of ten minutes each (5 x 2 minutes), with about an hour or two break between. You fly some stuff, watch the videos, talk with your coach and think about it a bit, rest a while, then try it again right away. If you don't get the chance to repeat a session again immediately, while the 'feel' is still fresh in your head, much of the effect of the coaching will be lost before you get in the air again. 2. You should mix coached flying and solo flying. Get a coach to walk you through some stuff, then practice that for a while by yourself, until you 'own' it, then go on to more coaching again. If you do all your flying only with a coach, you'll get too dependent on having him with you. If you do all your flying without a coach, you'll spend a lot of time (and money) flailing, trying to figure things out. A good coach will actually recommend that to you. When he recognizes that you've generally got the hang of a certain move, he'll tell you to go practice it on your own, and come back for more coaching when you've got it down, or if you get stuck on something. A coach that wants you to fly with him all the time is more concerned with his own wallet than your flying. 3. Use the spotter when you're solo flying. The guy in the door is your spotter, not your coach. Your coach is in the tunnel with you, the spotter is just there as a safety. But many times the spotter is also an experienced coach, and is generally only glad to help you a bit. For example, when I was learning head-down, there was a period of time when I could fly head-down (somewhat, anyway), but had trouble getting into the position without a reference. I'd ask to spotter to just hold my hand (literally) as I went inverted. It wasn't to keep me stable, but just a reference point, around which to pivot, often more just a finger or two. Wave them in occasionally to fly with you as well. They're often bored, and would just as soon put in a few turns in the air, even with someone less experienced than they are, and you will frequently get a few tips from them as well. If they don't want to fly, they'll just shake their head no. Don't be hurt or upset if that happens, or drill them about it afterwards - maybe they're tired, resting up for something they're going to fly next, don't have their gear on properly for an actual flight, or any number of things that have nothing to do with you. Just go on with your flight, and sometime in the future, don't hesitate to invite them again. I regularly invite the spotter to come in and play with me - sometimes they do, sometimes they don't. It's all good. 4. Swap coaches around. Everyone has a different style, in flying, in teaching, and it's good to get more viewpoints. As a complete beginner, it's probably better to stick with one guy that knows you at first, but as soon as you get reasonably comfortable in the air, and the staff is happy that you're likely not going to hurt yourself, mix it up. Again, a good coach will even recommend that, especially if he sees that you're stuck on something. If he knows that another coach is particularly good at a certain move, he will recommend that you put in a few sessions with the other guy, to move you past the roadblock. If he gets offended that you want to fly with other people as well, he is by definition (mine, anyway) not a good coach. A good coach wants to see you advance, and will recommend whatever it takes to make that happen. 5. Make sure that you understand not only what you are supposed to be doing, but what you are doing wrong. I had a hell of a time getting my head around back layouts, for instance, despite the coach demonstrating it over and over. He'd demonstrate how to do it, and I'd (I thought) follow, except that I continually ended up slamming upside down into the opposite wall. Turns out I WASN'T doing what he demonstrated, and I couldn't spot my own mistakes on the videos. What you THINK you're doing, and what you practice outside may have very little to do with what you actually perform in flight. I now take a fairly brutal approach with students - if I demonstrate a few times and they just can't seem to get it, I grab them and force their body into the proper position. Had one about a month ago, that kept flying with his ass in the air. Signals, videos and bench practice weren't having any effect, so I pushed him down to the net, knelt on his butt and pulled his knees up into an arched body position. Worked - he simply hadn't realized what the position was supposed to feel like in the air. Once I forced him into it, he did fine from then on. 6. Make sure you're rested and relaxed before you fly. If you're tired, on edge or simply have your mind elsewhere, you're not going to get much out of it. Turn off your phone while you're still out in the parking lot and FOCUS! 7. Pay attention to what you're doing, but don't take it too seriously. It's supposed to be fun, after all, and if you're obsessed with your mistakes, you may lose interest in flying, as it just becomes too much like work. Even when I'm working on learning something in particular, I usually beat it up for four turns, then devote the fifth to just playing - head-down carving, swooping down to the net, snake - just basic moves, that I already know how to do, but not really practicing anything in particular. Welcome to the sport, and have fun.