Frequently Asked Questions
What do you need to know?
So you’re new to this, excited and maybe a little scared. Well that’s okay. Most of the people that come to us are “newbies” just like you. OK, we admit that the vast majority of people don’t know much about participating in circus-style activities, so you’re not alone.
“Should I wear a sparkly spandex unitard?”
“Is there a net?”
“What if the bearded lady gets protective of the chalk?”
This page will try to answer the most commonly asked questions about this fantastic experience. If you don’t see your question, have no fear – Contact Us by email and we’ll do our best to address your questions/concerns.
Commence the questions!
Am I really getting up on that?
You will probably note as you arrive that the trapeze looks bigger than you remember from TV, movies and the circus. And it just keeps getting bigger. The second thing you might notice is that there are people walking, lying and flying around who are absolutely fanatical about flying trapeze . They love everything about trapeze and want you to have the time of your life.
Is it safe?
No matter what you’ve heard, or seen in movies, Flying Trapeze artists NEVER REPEAT NEVER work without a net. All Trapeze and circus arts schools are required to carry insurance and the industry has hundreds of safety protocols in place. No one at Trapeze High flies without a net and all new students are required to wear safety harnesses.
Be assured that safety is our number one priority! We offer the highest level of safety for your protection. At least three fully trained staff operate the rig. We are there with you every step of the way. While flying trapeze school is very exciting and fun, the risks involved are mostly emotional. It is an extremely controlled environment, hurting people is bad business.
It’s very important that you listen and follow our simple directions. Our rules are for your safety and our longevity. A few scrapes or bruises, as in any activity, sometimes occur. We take every possible precaution to make sure that each participant enjoys a safe experience.
What are the rules?
This applies to flyers and non-flyers alike. They are for your safety and enjoyment.
- Never go under the net!
- Stay away from the person pulling safety lines.
- Don’t stand in the box where the belays land.
- Listen to what the instructors say and don’t make anything up.
- Have Fun!
What is the Flying Trapeze experience like?
On your first day, you can reasonably expect to do these things: Do a “banana swing” by holding your legs tightly behind you while looking at your hands on the bar; hang upside down by your knees from the fly bar; do a back flip dismount into the net; attempt to be caught by the wrists by one of our catchers if you are in a regular class. Introductory Classes will not have catching. The other elements of your first day:
Your session begins with a run through of the safety guidelines and basic take off position at “Ground School.”
Climbing the Ladder
Your personal safety harness will get hooked into the belay to climb the ladder. At the top, you will step onto the platform where your ladder belay will get switched to the safety lines.
You will then jump from the platform and fly through the air with the greatest of ease as you swing gracefully (we hope) on the flying trapeze.
Each student will progress at his/her own pace, according to his/her strength, skill and desire. After just a few swings, most people will accomplish the correct body position to enable them to do a “knee-hang”, which will result in a “catch” by the end of their first class. After the knee-hang has been mastered, the door is open to a variety of more advanced tricks.
What should we wear?
Wear comfortable, non-restrictive clothes such as workout pants and tops. A t-shirt with sleeves to protect your shoulders is highly recommended. Please wear pants or tights that cover behind your knee, capri length or longer. Don’t forget your knee-high colorful socks or sparkly clothing if you want extra points! Leave your jewelry at home or take it off before you fly, especially your rings. Long hair should be pulled back into a pony tail. Please bring soft soled dance shoes, water socks or sturdy socks that you don’t mind getting dirty to protect your feet on the net.
Who can participate?
We offer beginner through advanced flying classes that are appropriate for adults and children 7 years of age and older. We recognize that everyone has the ability to participate in our activities, regardless of size, ability, previous experience, or strength. Our students range in age from 7-82!
Is there a weight restriction?
If you weigh close to 200lbs, you must be able to hold your weight from a low-bar for 20 seconds to ensure your safety on the high trapeze rig.
Do I need to be strong?
No. Because of the timing involved with the flying trapeze, first time flyers can learn several basic tricks without much upper body strength. Of course, the more you practice, the stronger you will become. Flying trapeze is a great way to build strength and get into great shape!
Can I give it a try without purchasing a whole class?
We’ll fit you in between classes if we can… For $15 you can go up and take a swing. (This price also includes “ground school” so you can learn to take off properly from the platform.) Call to schedule.
How do I reserve a space in class?
Classes can be purchased and reserved online. Click here to view schedule. Due to the limited availability, classes are not reserved until they are paid for.
Is class ever cancelled due to weather?
Rarely. We happen to have some of the best weather in the country. Lucky us! A light misting rain, is no concern, but if a monsoon occurs, you will receive an phone call before class alerting you of the change in plans or, as a last resort, cancellation. We will then credit your account, so you can take the class at a later date.
Is there a cancellation policy?
The simple answer is no. We are a small family business sharing our passion for flying. IF YOU HAVE SCHEDULED A CLASS, IT IS YOURS. We have a limited number of spaces in each class and frequently turn people away when the class fills up. If you give us ample notice (at least 72 hrs in advance) and we can fill your space, we will generally be nice and reschedule you. However this is not our official policy. The official policy is USE IT OR LOSE IT. We are nice, and work with you when we can. Classes ARE transferable, so you can always send a friend or family member in your place.
Can I fly without the safety harness?
Due to insurance requirements, every new student that comes to our school must fly ‘in lines’.
Are spectators allowed?
Absolutely! The more the merrier!
Can I bring my dog?
No. Please leave your beloved pet at home unless it is a genuine service dog.
When can I schedule a private event?
We will do our best to accommodate the day and time that works best for your group and will work with you to individually to schedule the details of your event.
How much does it cost for a trapeze lesson
Please visit our Pricing page
Is there a discount for groups?
Yes, Contact Dave to work out the details 619 318-0833
Can I hire the flying trapeze to come to my location?
Yes, anything is possible. Clients from the past include the San Diego Zoo, Qualcomm and National University. Setup of a full rig is involved and can take up to three days. The event will be priced accordingly. If you are interested, please email us with the requested dates, and proposed event information.
Can I take photos/videos?
Sure, we’ll even show you the best angles to shoot from. …And if you are really nice to us, we’ll even get the staff all together for a group shot. (Pyramid?) We encourage you to share your photos and videos on our Trapeze High/Circus Fund facebook page.