Belay Skills

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In aerial silks, a Belay is a loop of fabric created by one tail of fabric wrapping around and over the other tail of fabric. This module of our aerial silks instructor workshop series will take you through a range of skills from a basic Belay through a variety of entry options, to a range of tricks that use a Belay as the base move.

Questions about the course? Click on the headings below for more information, or contact us.

Course requirements and pre-requisites

You will need:

  • to hold a Spin City Spin City Foundation Aerial Silks Instructor Course certificate, or equivalent certificate
  • access to the internet via a PC, laptop, or mobile device
  • access to at least 1 set of aerial silks, safely rigged in an appropriate training environment
  • a minimum of 2 hours’ study/training time per week (to complete the course within the 1-year deadline)
  • a device to film videos on (mobile phones are allowed)

Course units

Belays can be used for a wide range of purposes such as a pretty rest pose all the way up to the base for stacked drops. The theory section of this course will cover foundation skills for the belay, safety factors and emergency exit strategies. In the practical elements we’ll introduce a range of entry options into the belay before adding a series of poses that can be achieved using a belay as a base.

Belay units:

  1. Introduction to belays
  2. Belay entries
  3. Belay skills
  4. Combinations and creativity
  5. Belay safety

Course moves list


  • Tying a Standard Belay
  • Removing a Standard Belay
  • Alternative Belay Dismounts
    • Remove the body
    • Climb over exit
    • Pull up exit


  • Basic Belay
  • No Invert Cross Back Belay
  • Roll-In Belay
  • Cross Back Straddle Belay
  • Nina’s Trick Belay
  • Russian Candycane Belay
  • Front Cross Pull Over Belay
  • Catchers Belay
  • Flying Belay


  • Belay Hand Loop Poses
  • Parachute
  • Inverted Shapes in Belay
  • Miracle Splits
  • Belay Switch
  • Big Belay
  • Belay Star
  • Goddess Climb Over with Layback
  • Tick Tock Drop
  • Triple Belay

Course assessment

This course has two main parts to the assessment; a theory assessment and a practical assessment.

Theory AssessmentPractical Assessment
Answer theory questions related to each unit of the course. Questions are multiple choice, or short answers.
Part 1: Combination of Moves. Film a continuous combination of 5 moves from the course syllabus. The entry and exit from the moves can count towards the total number – we will be looking for a minimum of three belay-specific skills within your video.
Part 2: Core Moves Technique and Execution. Film each of the core course moves.
You will have 1 year from the date you are enrolled onto the course to complete the online study and assessment.

Core moves

Compulsory moves required for technical assessment

  1. Basic Belay
  2. Cross Back Straddle Belay
  3. Nina’s Trick Superman
  4. Hand Loop
  5. Inverted Shapes
  6. Goddess Climb Over
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