Are you prepared for when something goes wrong in suspension?
On the floor, almost every emergency can be solved with a pair of safety shears. In the air, cutting ropes is rarely the best solution. This class will provide you with an opportunity to participate in guided simulations of various suspension emergencies and practice safely extricating your bottom. We'll discuss how to prepare for emergencies, but also what to do when caught unprepared. Bottoms will also be encouraged to learn to safely extricate themselves if their top is incapacitated, and given a chance to practice doing so.
Prerequisites for Tops
Tops for this course should already be capable of quickly performing a safe, comfortable arms-free suspension in a face up position.
Prerequisites for Bottoms
This course is fairly demanding for bottoms. Be prepared to be sore the next day and have more severe bruising than from typical suspensions. Bottoms should have substantial prior experience in suspension, and know what they need to make a face-up suspension sustainable for them. Those with back problems or any contraindication to compression of the ribcage should not participate.
Before arriving for the course, you should be familiar with the contents of the following safety articles:
This material will not be covered in class.
You may use any bondage-appropriate 6-8mm rope for class; all techniques to be taught will work with either natural or synthetic line. However, please NO BLACK ROPE as dark rope is very hard to visually check for correctness.
Rope used for support lines must have a breaking strength at least 5x (10x when doubled over) the model or rigger's weight, whichever is greater. This means almost all natural fibre rope is unsuitable, except perhaps 8mm hemp. The rope used for support lines does not need to be the same material or diameter as what you tie with on the body. See this article for detailed equipment recommendations.
You will need whatever kit you'd normally use for a face-up suspension, plus a couple of extra carabiners. If you use reinforced jute support lines, you may wish to bring an extra piece of 30' synthetic to avoid wear on your nice rope.
The registration fee for this course includes some disposable materials for use during exercises which involve cutting; however if you have support rope and/or webbing which is near retirement and would like to practice cutting your own rope, please bring it.
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San Francisco, CA