ARE YOU READY TO HAVE YOUR OWN AERIAL RIG AT HOME?

 

If you do decide that an at-home rig is a priority for you, here are some important safety tips and considerations:

  1. Ask your instructor if you are ready for your own rig. Make sure that you are ready to train without instructor supervision.  Generally, if you are in Level 3+ you might be ready.  Still ask us please.

  2. Consider taking a rigging course, read books and educate yourself before buying your own equipment. Learn to safely rig and inspect your equipment from experts in the field.

  3. Check out local laws and make sure that your at-home rig does not violate your homeowner’s or renter's insurance policy. Make sure you are not violating any laws that may prohibit your rig’s height. Homeowners insurance can often liken at-home rigs to trampolines or pools. 

  4. Contact a structural engineer to assess your beam that you want to use for your rigging set-up. Make sure they do a thorough inspection. Bonus points if they have experience/expertise in aerial rigging.

  5. After getting approval from a structural engineer, contact an experienced rigger to help you install your rig.  As a note, Aerial Physique does NOT offer rigging installation advice. 

  6. Rigging at home can be costly, but should NEVER be a DIY project. A more affordable and safe option is getting a reputable, third party tested, freestanding aerial rig. We can recommend ones for you.

  7. LIABILITY!  Say your child has a friend over or a friend wants to play on it.  And it breaks or they injure themselves.  Are you ready to take on the potential law suit?  



We STRONGLY advise against rigging from trees. 

Here are just some of the concerns when it comes to rigging from trees. 

  1. The tree and branches need to be able to take a LOT of weight to be safe. When you simply climb, your weight doubles. When you do dynamic skills such as beats or drops the sudden shock load can be many times your body weight. For example, if you weigh 150 lbs, at the bottom of a dynamic skill you could generate 700+ lbs of force. In aerial rigging, we aim for a 10 to 1 ratio. Meaning, whatever you’re hanging from needs to be 10x stronger than the max force that you’ll be generating, not just your weight itself. 

  2. The amount of weight a tree can take is affected by many variables that are difficult if not impossible to control and quantify. These variables include age, species, soil conditions, insect infestations, disease, root systems, bark and circulatory system, internal conditions of the trunk, and weather conditions. Plus, rigging on a branch damages the internal circulation of the branch, so even if the branch is safe at the outset, by using the rig, you are damaging the branch’s connection to the trunk.*  In addition to hiring a structural engineer and professional rigger, you would need to hire a professional arborist to inspect the tree’s health and would need to do this frequently for maintenance. The cost of all of this will likely be in the thousands so you’re better off just getting a free-standing rig. 

  3. Several fatalities have been attributed to Sudden Branch Drop Syndrome. A tree will shed large limbs and branches without warning when stressed. The high risk is just not worth it! 

  4. After all your research and money spent, the tree could be dead in side and will still break.  

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Charlotte Cirque & Dance Center
9315-E Monroe Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28270

Phone: 704.844.0449
Email: info@cltcirquedancecenter.org

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