The Aerial Training Task Force was formed at the Annual Meeting in 2009 and given the responsibility of determining whether it was feasible to change our policy relating to athletes performing out of belt somersaults (including twisting somersaults) in dryland facilities on trampoline or dryboard (OBS).

As in all activities in our sport, safety is the first priority.  Coaches must be mindful of their facilities, local conditions, the abilities of their athletes and how these factors play into decisions on OBS for each individual athlete.

While the risk of accidents is inherent in all athletic activities, a coach should take every step he/she can reasonably foresee to minimize risk to the athlete.

This program will give the coach a general list of things to consider. It is up to each individual coach to carefully weigh all the factors involved, including those set forth in the memo from Bill Walker below as well as others that may be only locally applicable, before allowing any athlete to perform OBS.

Memo from Bill Walker, Aerial Training Committee Chair

Step-by-Step Instructions for Aerial Training
1. Log in to your USA Diving membership account (You MUST be a current USA Diving member.).

2. Register for the online aerial training exam (the cost is $50).

Prior to taking the exam, please study the following materials:
A. Safety Manual, Chapters 40-42 in the USA Diving Coach Development Reference Manual

B. USA Diving Trampoline Skill Progression Videos

C. Review of the recommendations for creating a safe environment for the trampoline/dryboard/dryland training area.

3. Complete the exam. All 60 questions must be answered correctly. If a question is answered incorrectly, you will have the opportunity to answer the question again. You will have 30 days from the date you register to complete the exam.

Upon completion of the exam, you will receive an email confirmation along with instructions on how to complete the practical demonstration portion of the aerial training.

4. Practical Demonstration

A. Go to Powerchalk.com and register for a free account (www.powerchalk.com). If you already have an account, please log in.

B. Each coach should upload video of themselves and an athlete demonstrating all of the skills shown in the USA Diving Trampoline Skill Progression Videos (IF you cannot include the hand spotting of a forward and back somersault as in videos 10, 21 and 22, please include the reason in your submission. See 'C' below for more details.).

Please show the following videos in your demonstration. There are recommendations for merging some skills into one video to allow you to fit your videos into the 10 free PowerChalk video limit.

1) Videos 1 & 2 - include discussion on stopping explanation and safety for your area.

2) Videos 4 & 5 - you may demonstrate this with just keeping the arms up in the jumps, rather than full armswings

3) Video 6 - can include progression of stomach drop from hands and knee drop into stomach, before doing stomach drop from feet

4) Video 8

5) Video 9

6) Videos 7 & 10 combined

7) Videos 13 & 19

8) Video 20 - back pull over on tramp (non-spot). Note: Starting in backrop with a bounce and handspot back rollover in tuck or pike is optional. This is diver specific (size and level of diver needs to be taken into account) as well as spotting experience specific.

9) Videos of 21 and 22 combined

10) Combo of diver showing control and proper technique in a jump/drop combination -- e.g. 100a - seat drop - hands/knee drop - stomach drop; etc. showing skills from videos 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18.

C. If you are physically able to perform these, please also upload video of you either:
i. Hand spotting of both a forward and backward somersault
OR
ii. Belt spotting of both a forward and backward somersault

Participants who are physically unable to perform either of the skills listed above will need to contact USA Diving Director of Education Aurelie Gibson (aurelie.gibson@usadiving.org) directly to discuss accommodations appropriate to your situation.

D. For each video skill, please select an action and share the video with Aurelie Gibson.

E. Videos are reviewed and approved by Aurelie Gibson.

F. If the videos are not approved or you feel you need additional training, please contact Aurelie Gibson for additional information about receiving additional instruction for aerial training.

5. You will receive a notification that you have completed the aerial training.

Study Resources

Aerial clips

Coach Reference Manual Chapters 40-42

For additional help, please see video tutorials for Powerchalk.com.