We know that the most important thing in an Arial program, even before great spotting or progressions, is safe rigging practises.
Firstly we need to make sure that we are using our building correctly. This is important not just for the safety of your students and yourself as a coach, but also for the sake of your building and ultimately your pocket book. If you have an ‘incident’ and you have not done your do diligence at the front end before starting your program you are going to find yourself in a pickle with insurance. A little extra time and expense up front can save you from a world of headache down the road. If you are running a program and have not done this highly recommend it. Insurance is only going up and they are getting more and more demanding!
I know that rigging can be arduous but we have to remember safe aerial rigging practice is more that a one and done scenario. We cannot hang our equipment from the building and never look at it again. We must inspect, clean, and replace equipment as wear and tear happens.
When was the last time you look your points down from the ceiling?
When was the last time you checked your silks for holes and tears? And washed them?
When was the last time you took your swivels and gave them a once over?
When was the last time you checked your rigging straps for wear spots?
If the answer to any of these was “not since I put them up” or “more than 3 months ago” then it’s time! ‘m not here to some you. I am here to encourage best practises. The life of your students and potentially the life of your business could depend on it.
If you are re-assessing your rigging, or you are afraid to take your stuff down because you are afraid you won’t remember how to put it back up, there are tons of amazing pros who can help you.
Looking for one? Contact me and I will hook you up!
And if you want to start a program but have not yet because rigging is a road block, I can send you a cheat sheet for how to get started!