Stunt Safety Code

Stunting often forms a significant part of practice sessions and displays; however an "unplanned dismount" situation can occur at any time. Avoid unnecessary risks by seeking correct training in both stunting and spotting techniques.

Stunting must be treated seriously, just as seriously as other athletic and gymnastic techniques.

  • If you have not been shown how to stunt - then don't stunt.
  • Ensure clothing and footwear is suitable.
  • No hoods, baggy sweaters, jewellery, or low grip materials.
  • Avoid unnecessary frills, trim, and pockets.
  • Check the floor surface. It should be flat, solid, dry, free from loose items, and have a good surface.
  • Check the surrounding area for dangerous obstructions such as chairs or railings
  • Check overhead for ceiling height, light fixtures or roof beams.
  • Practice with crash mats, especially when indoors.
  • If you are feeling tired or unwell you should not stunt.
  • Always warm up and stretch before any practice session or performance.
  • Only one person should be talking during stunt building practice, and then only to count.
  • The keyword 'Down' is an imperative, called by any person it initiates an immediate controlled dismount.
  • Beginners should start off mastering the basics and not be lead into advanced stunts.
  • Before practising a stunt or pyramid talk through each stage, especially the dismount, before building.
  • Practice building a stage at a time, and dismounting from each stage. Dismounting from each stage generates good control for bringing it down safely at any point.
  • Get stage one right before going onto stage two.
  • Bases should be set, and where applicable locked, before the flyer starts to mount.
  • Every stunt or pyramid should be practised with spotters, ideally one person covering for every person off the ground. Everyone on the squad should become proficient in spotting techniques.
  • Use 'Step Lock' technique for climbing.
  • Pyramids should be practised to a count sequence. You can add music or chant words later, based on the count.
  • The final set should be held for at least a count of two, both for visual effect, and to aid dismount timing.
  • Always dismount from the top down whilst continuing the count.
  • Concentrate. Be alert.
  • Practice makes perfect, but beware that repetition can make for complacency.