Back Fly Side Slide


Flyers must demonstrate controlled side sliding moves from one side of the tunnel to the other and back again, under control while back flying.

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Before you begin to learn back fly side sliding, you will first need to be very comfortable in your neutral back fly position, off the net at moderate to fast wind speeds, with controlled turns, forward, backward, and up and down movements. At this point, it’s likely you will already know how to enter and exit the tunnel on your back, 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 back-flying, off the net, at approximately waist level. You should be close to one side of the tunnel and positioned so that you are not facing with your head close to or pointed toward any doorway, as these are obstacles you want to avoid that are sometimes hard to see when you are back-flying.

Post-flight questions / suggestions

  • How did your performance match the initial objectives?
  • Were you able to maintain stability throughout, maintaining a constant speed, heading and altitude?
  • Did you feel the difference in power from the basic to the advanced technique?
  • What techniques did you feel comfortable with and what can you improve on during the next session?


As you complete the final skill for the 8 points of motion for back flying, it will be important to continue to develop all of these skills as you progress on to learning solo entrance and exits and building your fee flying skills with a partner. The next set of skills will help develop your abilities with the intention for you to enter tunnel competitions.