8-way Boot Camp!

Learn 8-way in a single day at Bedford Tunnel

8-way vertical move, block 22
8-way vertical move, block 22

World Challenge and World Cup 2019 to include 8-way

The World Challenge tunnel competition 2019 at Twinwoods Adventure, Bedford, will include 8-way for the second year running. The 4-way competition runs Friday 5 to Saturday 6 April, and Sunday 7 April will see an 8-way competition. It starts at 10:30 am to allow time to recover from the World Challenge party! There will be 10 rounds, taken from the wind tunnel 8-way dive pool, which omits blocks 14 and 20, and has some small amendments to some others.

Brit Chicks coaches will run the boot camp
Brit Chicks coaches will run the boot camp

8-way Boot Camps

Lesley Gale, of Brit Chicks 8-way team is running some 8-way Taster Camps at Twinwoods, with the aim of a 'boot camp' to cover most of the 8-way dive pool in a single day.

Two 8-way 'teams' per day will be catered for, each receiving coaching, briefs, video debriefs, block technique and critique. 60 minutes of flying time will be included per team, the last 10 minutes being a mini competition between the two teams. World medallist Maria Russell will be the second coach so each team has personalised coaching and debriefs.

The project is ideal for two 4-way teams wanting to learn 8-way, or for individuals to be put together in a team, in which case a coach may fly with them. Participants must have demonstrated a reasonable standard of 4-way skills to be suitable for the camp.

This is perfect preparation for the World Challenge 8-way competition 2019, for the World Indoor 8-way Cup 2019 (see below), for UK (outdoor) Nationals or just for fun.

The cost, including 60 mins flying time per person and all coaching is £149 per person, if all slots are filled with paying participants. If flying with a coach or coaches the extra cost is just a share of tunnel time (making £167 for one player coach). The camps will run on a single day, times as follows:

Camp 1 Sunday 24 February

Start time: 9:30 prompt, 24 Feb 2019

End time: 5:45 pm

5 separate tunnel sessions of 12-15 minutes, rotating with the other 8-way, with breaks for briefing and debriefing. Four sessions are training, the last is a mini meet.

Camp 2 – Saturday 16 March

Start time: 9:30 prompt, 16 March 2019

End time: 7 pm

5 separate tunnel sessions of 12-15 minutes, rotating with the other 8-way, with breaks for briefing and debriefing. Four sessions are training, the last is a mini meet. Option of staying for social (dinner, drinks etc).

Ideally team would attend both camps, to really boost their average and build on the foundation of the first camp. More dates could be arranged if there is interest so worth asking if you can't do these days.

Book online at Twinwoods

Sunday February 24 – here

Saturday March 17 – here

PS – 1st World Cup in 8-way

The Indoor World Championships, to be held at Weembi Lille, 16-20 April, will include 8-way as a trial discipline for the first time at an IPC indoor event. The 8-way FS will be run as a World Cup, so more than one team per country can attend – another reason to get your 8-way knowledge in your toolbox.

This article was originally published on skydivemag

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