The book is divided into several parts:
The Arriving at the Rig section covers everything you need to know as you arrive for your first class, from learning your trick on the practice bar, to climbing the ladder and leaving the board. You’ll discover the roles of the instructors you will meet and learn how to use the safety equipment such as the safety net and the safety lines.
The Warm-up and Conditioning sections explain how to physically prepare yourself for a flying session with a simple fifteen minute warm-up and suggest simple exercises that you can do at home between classes to keep yourself in shape, improve your performance and reduce the risk of injury over the long term.
The Tricks section covers a selection of more than 50 flying trapeze tricks in a suggested order. Each trick is explained step-by-step from your first attempt on the practice bar through to trying it for real on the flying trapeze and includes suggested solutions to common problems that you might encounter.
Flying without Lines is a big step in your training. In this section you’ll learn why you might choose to fly out-of-lines, how to decide if you are ready, and some basic techniques that you will need to master.
The Taking it Further section covers a variety of topics that will become relevant as you start to practise more regularly and at a more advanced level. It explains how to get more involved at your school by helping out on the platform and performing in flying trapeze shows. You’ll also learn how to make your own hand grips, how to take great photos and video and use them for training, and what you can expect if you have the chance to fly at different schools.
This book is NOT intended to be a replacement for a qualified instructor. Hopefully you’ll find it serves as inspiration for your training, provides some useful background reading or offers a different perspective on a particular skill or technique. It can never provide the sort of tailored and personal advice that an experienced instructor can. They know you best and can adapt their teaching approach to suit you in a way that no book can.