Learn more about the Flying Trapeze Club
Safety is extremely important and our first priority. You will be harnessed in safety lines and swing above a safety net at all times. Don't worry, you will be clipped into a safety line from the moment you leave the ground, to the moment you return to it. Someone will be there to help you every step of the way. The only risks involved are mostly emotional. There are a few rules for your safety, like 'don't walk under the net', to make sure that each participant enjoys a safe experience. A few scrapes or bruises, as in any activity, sometimes occur, but it is generally extremely safe.
For the most part, everyone’s first flying trapeze experience is scary. But it is also more fun than you could possibly imagine! Being afraid of heights is normal and human. Most everyone we know was afraid of heights when they first started flying. It is good to have a healthy respect for heights. You overcome your fear by stepping into it and embracing it and this is the perfect sport to face some of those demons.
First, Ground School
Before you go into air, we teach you what you need to know first on the ground, to improve your success. We'll go over safety guidelines and basic take off positions.
Next, climbing the ladder
With a safety harness on, you will get hooked into the belay to climb the ladder. At the top, you will step onto the pedestal board where someone will switch your safety lines out and help you prepare to take off.
Up, up and away you go
You will call "Listo" when you are ready, and your board biscuit will call "Ready…HEP!!!" and which point you will jump from the pedestal board and soar though the air, with the greatest of ease. The “Line Puller” will be holding your safety lines from the ground. He or she will help by shouting directions to you to help you swing properly and land safely in the net. (They'll be 20 feet away, and we want you to hear) Then the crowd goes wild, as you successfully complete your swing and land in the net.
After the swing
We'll help you to roll out of the net and disconnect your safety lines.
Your first trick... the "Knee Hang"
The first trick you traditionally learn on the flying trapeze is the knee hang. We'll show you this on a low bar first, so you can get the feeling of what it is like to hang from your knees. As trapeze is all about timing, we will tell you what you can expect as there are specific commands to help you with the timing. I.E. Line puller will yell "Legs up now" so you can lift your legs up when they are weightless. Same goes for letting go with your hands and putting them back on the bar. After you are comfortable with it on the ground, you will then climb up the ladder and try it from the fly bar.
Learning more tricks
Once you can do the knee hang successfully, it is time to move on to learn more tricks. We'll even give you a Frequent Flyer's Log so you can keep track. Traditionally you'd move on to a two-position splits or a plange. There are many tricks to learn, check out this tricks database, it's pretty awesome.
At a traditional trapeze school, at the end of the class, a catcher would go up and you would fly to him/her as the grand finale. Since we are a club, whether you catch or not will depend on who we have at the rig as well as your experience. For a catch, the "catcher" will ascend the rope up to the "catch trap" (the other bar on the flying rig). He or she will pump up their swing and hang upside down by their knees. When the catcher is ready, they will tell you when it's time to go by yelling "ready... HEP!". With the knee hang, you would then leave the platform, bend your knees around the trapeze bar, take your hands off and look for your catcher. They would then grab your chalked wrists and you will squeeze them back, as you let your legs straighten off your bar and then you will swing with them in the apron. The catcher will then drop you safely down into the net. As you get to be a more advanced flyer, doing more advanced tricks, you will eventually go for a "return", which means that instead of dropping to the net, the catcher would put you back on the bar you initially left and then you'd go back to standing up on the platform. None of this is easy, but it’s more fun and exciting than anything else in the world.
You should NOT do trapeze If...
As with any exercise or physical activity, you are advised to check with your doctor if you are uncertain about your capabilities.
You will need to hold your weight hanging by the bar from your hands, and you will need to be able to climb the ladder to the platform. Vision and hearing impairments can be accommodated. People with other disabilities may be able to fly if they are able to climb the ladder with minimal assistance, and hang from the bar with their own hands.