The Spin City Intermediate Aerial Sling Instructor Course focuses on developing the basic skills taught at the Beginners Level while adding on the next block of over 40 core moves in the Spin City syllabus. At this point in your instructor training, we start increasing your knowledge of core concepts such as training lifting, execution and clean movement. We will then expand your instructional toolbox, giving you a range of teaching methods that work effectively when students are at height and inverted. We will discuss class planning in the context of progress chains and how you can use combinations and sequences to both challenge your students, avoid them hitting move plateaus and also ensure safe progression to an advanced level. This course is highly physical in nature as this is the point where we will cover how to introduce dynamic movement to your students through our five stage plan preparing students for the advanced syllabus. This leads us to an in-depth discussion on static and dynamic spotting techniques, which are paramount at an intermediate level. You can expect to leave this course with a wealth of new moves, skills and techniques to reinvigorate your aerial sling classes allowing you to take your students to the next level.
This course is highly physical in nature as this is the point where we will cover how to introduce dynamic movement including rolls, somersaults and drops. This leads us to an in-depth discussion of static and dynamic spotting techniques, which are paramount at an intermediate level. You can expect to leave this course with a wealth of new moves, skills and techniques to reinvigorate your aerial sling classes, allowing you to take your students to the next level.
UNIT 1 – INTRODUCTION TO INTERMEDIATE SLING
This unit examines what constitutes an intermediate move and how to decide whether students are ready to progress onto the intermediate syllabus. We will cover a series of markers which will help you assess your students and techniques to introduce more challenging moves.
UNIT 2 – INTERMEDIATE SLING MOVES
Unit 2 starts with a progression of the core concepts. We will look at different techniques to introduce lifting into your classes and how you can encourage your students to execute moves more efficiently and move cleanly between positions. Muscular balance and bi-lateral training is covered before we go onto introduce over 40 of the core intermediate syllabus moves, looking at each move in detail, from the teaching and safety points to progressions and regressions, also touching upon common problems.
UNIT 3 – INTRODUCTION TO DYNAMIC MOVEMENT
To begin this unit, we will recap the core concepts of creating momentum on a sling; spinning and rolling. This will be progressed onto somersaulting further rolling movements and introducing the technique for basic drops.
UNIT 4 – STRENGTH, FLEXIBILITY AND ENDURANCE
When teaching at an Intermediate level there is a greater requirement for students to develop their strength, flexibility and endurance to achieve more technical moves safely and effectively. This is the focus of unit 4. We look at a range of strength and conditioning exercises, areas of flexibility that need to be trained to progress on to an advanced level, and methods of increasing sling stamina and endurance.
UNIT 5 – PROGRESSIVE TEACHING AND COACHING
Unit 5 looks at ways to adapt your teaching methods to enable you to coach students working at height and inverted. We will cover how to progress towards a more student-led system of coaching, look at how you can effectively use progress chains to build lesson plans and how combinations and sequences will allow you to both challenge your students, avoid them hitting plateaus and also ensure safe progression to an advanced level.
UNIT 6 – INTERMEDIATE HEALTH AND SAFETY
Our final unit will look at ways you will need to adapt the health and safety information covered in your beginners’ course to make it relevant for an intermediate group. Again, our main focus at this point is spotting, where we go into the different methods in more detail, progressing to cover spotting dynamic movement and partner spotting.