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Climbs and Descents

This course has been discontinued from sale as of the end of 2023. Learners with active courses can complete their study using the button below.

Climbing is a fundamental skill within aerial silks; it allows for an extra dimension to be displayed within performance and skill-based execution. This course will build on the foundations of climbing technique and provide you with a range of more varied ways to descend the fabric.

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

The Spin City Climbs and Descents Instructor Workshop will provide you with a fresh selection of moves to add to your syllabus.  This module of our aerial silks instructor workshop series will start by recapping the foundations of climbing.  We will then provide a variety of descent options before expanding on techniques with progressions of the basics up to challenging inverted climbs that require extra strength, control and stamina.

Climbs and descents units:

  1. Introduction to climbs
  2. Climbs and descents
  3. Climbing combinations
  4. Strength and conditioniog drills
  5. Climbing safety

Course moves list


  • French Stand and French Climb
  • Russian Stand and Russian Climb
  • Footlock Climb


  • Hand-to-Hand Descent
  • Inchworm descent
  • Relaxed Descent
  • Round-the-Back Descent
  • Relaxed Catchers Descent
  • Footlock Descent
  • Arms-Only Descent
  • Ninja Slide
  • Squeeze Descent


  • French Fancy
  • Flirty Russian
  • Mermaid Climb
  • Candycane Climb
  • Tension Lock Climb
  • Bicycle Climb
  • Russian Bicycle Climb
  • Arabesque Climb
  • Sous-Sus Climb


  • Straddle Climb
  • Crochet Climb
  • Double Hocks Climb
  • Hiplock Climb
  • Tourniquet Climb
  • Cash Climb
  • Peter Pan Climb
  • Sling Climb
  • Criss-Cross Climb
  • Can-Can Climb


  • Arms-Only Climb
  • Squeeze Climb
  • Somersault to Double Hocks
  • Toe Climb
  • Partner Climb (Crochet Leg Stand)

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 two separate combinations of different climbs and descents.
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. Candycane Climb
  2. Bicycle Climb
  3. Straddle Climb
  4. Crochet Climb
  5. Double Hocks Climb
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