SAVOLO Tunnel Camp

(maybe a little indoor surfing also)




04 - 10 February 2019


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Date: 04 – 10 February 2019
Location: Moscow, Russia
Hourly Cost: R6250 R7000.00 per hour including coaching (early bird rate)
(approx 465USD &  400EUR per hour)
Coaches: Alex Jordaan & Amy Kirtland (SAVOLO)

We are heading back to Russia! Art Fly is a brand new tunnel in Moscow that is much closer to the city than the tunnel we visited in December last year. This means that we can stay in the city and commute to the tunnel easily either via Uber which is cheap over there, or we can take the subway and then a 15 minute walk from the station to the tunnel. There is a hotel as well as hostel type accommodation at the tunnel for very cheap if we want to do that also. We will do our best to book tunnel flight times that are convenient so that we can have leisurely starts and have plenty of time for sightseeing and group trips etc.

We have provisionally booked a number of hours over the course of a week. While the schedule still needs to be finalised based on the final number of camp participant and type of flying everyone is doing, we have reserved convenient daytime slots that means we can get in and out of the city easily and can still have some nights out sightseeing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where exactly is this camp taking place?

The name of the tunnel is called Art Fly, and the specific address is: г. Москва, м. Люблино, ул. Ставропольская, д. 41, к. 8

What about accommodation over there?

The tunnel is 2km from a subway stop so we have the option of staying anywhere in Moscow really. The tunnel itself has both hotel and hostel type accommodation for extremely reasonable rates also. We will look into specific options closer to the time and propose some suggestions to the group.

Is it going to be cold in February?

Yes, it’s going to be cold. The past few winters for me in New York have been brutal so I don’t think I would be perturbed, but if you are used to South African winters then you need to bundle up a bit. The highs and lows are both likely be below zero. A warm jacket and some gloves will be needed for outdoor trips. Maybe some warm underwear or thermals. Wear warm shoes/boots since there is likely to be snow.

What kind of tunnel is it?

The tunnel itself is built by Tunnel Technologies which is the same equipment used in the FlyStation tunnels in Munich and Tokyo. It’s a 14ft, state of the art recirculating tunnel and will be a pleasure to fly in. The tunnel is currently open to skydivers although they have not yet had their official launch and parts of the supporting building and restaurant are still under construction. Our Feb camp date is perfect to ensure that everything is completed and all their teething problems are ironed out. There is also an indoor surfing wave in the same facility so we can do some surf sessions to break up the flying.

Who is this camp for?

If you’re looking to increase your belly or FS skills, or want to learn how to back-fly, sit-fly, fly head down or learn some dynamic flying then this camp is for you.

Do I need previous tunnel experience?

No you don’t. You don’t need any skydiving experience either. So if you wan’t to bring some friends or family members along to experience this with you please go ahead.

What equipment do I need?

Theoretically you don’t need anything. However, it is always best you use your own suit and helmet if you have them. The tunnel will have generic freefly type suits available and likely also helmets (probably open face) but in order to train efficiently it is best to have your own stuff. Closed faced helmets are best due to the extended amounts of time you spend in the wind. For basic belly flying to you can use a freefly suit but if you want to do any Formation Skydiving then you will need a Formation Skydiving suit. If you have further questions regarding this or need to know how to go about getting some equipment please chat to Amy or Alex.

What kind of flying can we do?

We are loosely categorising the camp into Formation Skydiving and Freeflying. Please note that in order to freefly you need to be competent on your belly so the freefly track includes belly skills also. If you do not have those skills that is where you will start. Then we diverge into freeflying or Formation Skydiving. You can certainly participate in both tracks.

What is in the Formation Skydiving track?

Every flyer will have a personalised curriculum based on current experience as well as goals. Techniques, skill progression and advancement will also all differ based on each individual. That said this is a loose breakdown of the skills that we will work on.

Formation Skydiving includes all the personal flying skills needed to fly competently with others and to compete. Examples of these skills include overall body awareness, turns, forward and back movements, slow fall and fast fall, side-slides, super-positional movements, vertical hops and burble practice, stability drills and more.

In addition to these required skills we focus on Formation Skydiving specific skills such as grip taking and presentation, block movements or flying attached to others, communication and also learning and flying the relevant 2-way or 4-way dive pools.

  • Neutral & stable belly flying position
  • Body awareness
  • Forward & backward movement
  • Left & right turns
  • Slow fall & fast fall (fall rate control)
  • Side-sliding
  • Entrances & exits
  • Super positioning (slides with turns / translation with rotation)
  • Vertical transitions
  • Stability drills
  • 2-Way flying and 2-Way dive pool
  • 3-Way flying and 3-Way dive pool
  • 4-Way flying and 4-Way dive pool (A/AA/AAA dive pools)

What is in the Freeflying track?

Freeflying in the tunnel is a vast arena and consists of dozens of primary skills each of which have dozens of secondary skills. When skydiving we tend to loosely define the jumps as head up (sit or stand) or head down. In the tunnel however we have a much more formal classification structure and a required progression. Often a set of skills must be learned in order to progress to a new set of skills. An example of this is sit flying. In order to learn how to sit fly in the tunnel you have to be competent at back flying. In the sky you can get away with trying to sit since you do not have any walls constraining you. Due to the high wind speed in the tunnel that is required in order to sit fly your back flying skills need to be strong enough that you can recover to your back easily. That said once your belly and back skills are strong enough, you can then work on multiple different skill sets at the same time ie: slow speed dynamic and sit flying.

Every flyer will have a personalised curriculum based on current experience as well as goals. Techniques, skill progression and advancement will also all differ based on each individual. That said this is a loose breakdown of the skills that we may work on.

Belly Flying

  • Neutral & stable belly flying position
  • Forward & backward movement
  • Left & right turns
  • Slow fall & fast fall (fall rate control)
  • Side-sliding
  • Entrances & exits

Back Flying

  • Neutral & stable belly flying position
  • Forward & backward movement
  • Left & right turns
  • Sideslides
  • Up & down
  • Entrances & exits
  • Barrel roll transitions (half & full)
  • Belly/back transition (over the feet)
  • Back-to-belly front flip
  • Belly-to-back back flip
  • Back flying 2-way and verticals
  • Walking

Dynamic Progression

  • Belly / back transitions over the head
  • Dynamic belly-to-back front flip
  • Dynamic back-belly back flip
  • Full front & back layout
  • Belly/head-down out-face carving
  • Belly/head-up out-face carving
  • Back/head-down in-face carving
  • Back/head-up in-face carving
  • Head-up or head-down carve switches
  • Bottom loop
  • Half & full breaker
  • Belly/back flares
  • 2-Way dynamic dive pool

Static Progression

  • All belly flying skills
  • All back flying skills
  • Neutral & stable sit flying position
  • Sit flying forward & backward movement
  • Sit flying left & right turns
  • Sit flying up & down
  • Sit flying side slides
  • Sit transitions
    • Back-to-sit transition
    • Sit-to-sit front flip
    • Sit-to-sit back flip
    • Sit-to-sit cartwheel
  • VFS preparation
  • Sit fly in-face carving
  • Sit fly out-face carving
  • Neutral & stable head-down position
  • Head-down left & right turns
  • Head-down forward & backward movement
  • Head-down up & down movement
  • Head-down side slides
  • Head-down transitions
    • Head-to-sit front flip
    • Sit-to-head front flip
    • Sit-to-head back flip
    • Head-to-sit back flip
    • Sit-to-head cartwheel
    • Head-to-sit cartwheel
    • Head-to-head front flip
  • Half & full eagles
  • 2-Way VFS

How much flying time should we do and how long do we need?

Formation Skydiving teams usually fly between 4 and 10 hours per team. That means each member can purchase an hour or two and then the team uses that collectively. We usually suggest that teams that are attending set aside some time for each member to work on personal flying development also.

For freeflying there is no ideal amount of time, although 4 hours usually produces great results. This obviously depends on your base level of skill when you come to the camp. If you are a newer jumper and have no tunnel experience then bear in mind that you will need to spend some time working on your belly flying skills and then your back flying skills before we can start working on transitions, sit flying, head down etc. That can take an hour or two depending on how fast you learn.

For the teams and individuals doing 4 hours and more we suggest doing an hour per day with maybe a rest day in the middle depending on how much time you are doing. If you are flying 8 hours or more then you will definitely need the entire week. If you are doing less than 4 hours then it is not necessary to stay the whole week of the camp and we can get you out sooner if needed, however you can learn a tremendous amount via osmosis simply by watching others learn so if you can spare the time then you may as well stay for the duration of the camp and immerse yourself in the learning experience. Plus don’t forget the awesome dinners, excursions and parties that are bound to happen with such a cool group! If you see anyone from the previous Russia camp that Alex ran mention ‘Squat 3/4’ to them and they won’t be able to not smile 🙂

How do I book myself on the camp?

Firstly, fill out the form below to give us a better idea of what you want to do. You will receive an email with bank details for Amy Kirtland. You need to pay a non-refundable deposit of 50% in order to secure your spot. The remaining 50% will be due by the end of November 2018.

If you choose not to commit now then there will be the option to get on later although the price may increase slightly so complete the form below anyway so that we have you as a tentative option.

Camp Registration

If you are interested in attending let us know below. This does not commit you to anything so even if it’s a maybe fill in the form and let’s chat.