Advanced Aerial Sling

The Spin City Advanced Aerial Sling Instructor Course will complete the final block of the sling syllabus, including an in-depth look at dynamic movement – including drops.

 Please note – a minimum ceiling height of 3.5 metres is recommended to enable you to complete some of the practical elements contained within this course.


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 Intermediate Aerial Sling Instructor Course certificate, or equivalent certificate
  • a minimum of 3 years’ aerial sling experience (recommended)
  • access to the internet via a PC, laptop, or mobile device
  • access to at least aerial sling (a ceiling height of 3.5 meters is recommended for this course)
  • 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)
  • at least 1 student for the teaching assessment

Course Moves List


  • Egg Roll
  • Russian Mount
  • Shin Perch to Stand


  • Cross Back Handstand
  • Cross Back Straddle
  • Spiral Splits
    Arabesque Invert – Straddle, Gazelle, and Mid-Splits
  • Shoulder Stands (hands off)
  • Ankle Hang – Single
  • Ankle Hang – Double


  • Invert and Slide into Loop (from standing)
  • Double Ankle Somersaults – Kneeling
  • Double Ankle Somersaults – Standing Backwards
  • Double Ankle Somersaults – Standing Forwards
  • Cartwheel Repeater
  • Reverse Cartwheel
  • Reverse Cartwheel to Cross Back Straddle
  • Sleeping Bag Rolls
  • Forwards and Backwards Walkovers


  • Forwards Salto (from Gazelle Climb Over)
  • Reverse Salto (with assisted Planche)
  • Reverse Salto (from Goddess)
  • Cartwheel Salto (from Gazelle Climb Over)
  • Bow Pose Salto
  • Egyptian Salto
  • Catchers Backwards Descent to Front Balance
  • Basic Pop Drop
  • Fish Flop
  • Superman Drop

Core moves

Compulsory moves required for technical assessment

  1. Russian Mount
  2. Cross Back Straddle
  3. Arabesque Invert of choice from the course (Straddle, Gazelle, and Mid-Splits)
  4. Invert and slide into loop
  5. 1 x Double Ankle somersault
  6. 1 x cartwheel of choice
  7. 1 x walkover of choice (Sleeping Bag Roll, Forwards or Backwards Walkover)
  8. 1 x Salto of your choice form the course
  9. 1 x drop of your choice form the course


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: Teaching Moves. Teach 3 individual moves from the course to at least 1 student.
Part 2: Combination of Moves. Demonstrate a combination of 5 moves from the course syllabus.
Part 3: Core Moves Technique and Execution. Perform 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.

Course Description

The Spin City Advanced Aerial Sling Instructor Course begins by covering a short series of advanced mounts and poses in the sling, to complete the final block of moves in our core syllabus. This will be followed by an in-depth look at dynamic movement; this will include development of the dynamic skills covered at intermediate level followed by more challenging drops.

In the theoretical side of the advanced training course we will start by taking a look at principles of injury prevention and injury management. Then our advanced teaching and coaching unit will look at how your role as an instructor will develop as students move into a more autonomous stage of their training and how you can foster creativity safely in a class environment. Advances to progress chains are provided, along with the development of core skills, and beneficial areas of cross training are identified such as advanced flexibility. The final unit focuses on health and safety considerations when working with an advanced student body.


This unit will discuss which factors classify a move as advanced and how you know your students are ready to progress onto advanced level skills. A series of markers will be advised along with a ‘core skills checklist’.


Unit 2 covers the final block in the Spin City Syllabus: the core advanced moves. Each move is covered in great detail, with extensive teaching points, safety points, alternative entry and exit points, regressions, progressions, alternatives and common problems.


Unit 3 allows us to progress on from the introductory rolls and drops covered in the Intermediate course, and to increase their difficulty level to make them advanced movements. At Advanced level we look to progress students in both of these categories. We are increasing the range of somersaults, looking at more challenging variations of movements and a greater variety of dynamic movement. With regards to drops, at Advanced level, students can expect to see a progression on the basic saltos covered at Intermediate level, along with a new group of multi-directional drops. The unit finishes with a discussion on conditioning for dynamic movement, pre-requisite moves, proper progression, and alignment all relating to the dynamic spotting covered in Unit 6.


The injury prevention unit will focus on the common types of sports injury we may encounter through aerial fitness, relating back to the knowledge covered in our anatomy and physiology course. The unit will conclude with key training processes that can be adopted to avoid these injuries and how in a worst case scenario, how these injuries can be managed effectively if they occur.


Unit 5 looks at how your role as an instructor will develop and change as your students’ progress into a more autonomous stage of learning. We will discuss how you can foster creativity safely in your sessions and also help to develop student-led learning and choreography. We will show you how you can adapt your progress chains and session plans and continue your self-development through cross training.


Our final unit will look at ways you will need to adapt the health and safety information covered on your beginners’ and intermediate courses to make it relevant for an advanced group. At an advanced level we will further develop your knowledge of spotting in the realm of dynamic movement and discuss different techniques that can be applied.

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