Linked Exits--Watch your handles. Fly with no tension so that you don't fly apart.
During the main portion of freefall, avoid flying in the "danger cone" as anyone in the base could fall out of position and fail to keep up their fallrate. The danger cone describes a region of space the extends upward at a 45 degree angle from the flyers in the base. However, it is okay for the outside flyers to be lower than the base flyers.
If you see something wrong with anyone's gear, signal him with the traditional AFF pull sign (or other pre-arranged signal). After signaling him, you should leave the skydive.
Break-off at 4,500. Look, locate, turn, and track. Make a stable 360 degree pirouette to look around you. Or, you can make a 180 degree pirouette and carve away from the base into a back track. (Tamara found this break-off technique to be disorienting in terms of being certain that she saw everyone and successfully cleared the airspace.) Before initiating your track, check behind you to be sure that you are not about to backup directly into someone. The outside people should be breaking off at 5,000ft. The camera flyer needs to be anticipating when the big way is going to break-off. If you find yourself in a swarm at break-off time, high freeflyers should pull high and low freeflyers should pull low. Wave-off before you pull.
During the dive, maintain eye contact. Your body follows your head so use this to make it easier to fly on the hill. It is also easier to fly the hill with a relaxed body posture as this allows you to find the head-down orientation in the prop blast.
4-way dive debrief. Coming from inside the plane and facing aft, one of the freeflyers presented his/her back and gets pushed into the linked formation. S/he should work to point the head directly into the prop blast. It may be easier if s/he would get more of her body outside of the plane before actually exiting. Then the freeflyer gets wishy washy and Shaylan says s/he had stopped breathing at this point.
A Flower exit is one during which all the participants grip right hands and launch into a head-down orientation. If one person is off on the hill, then there will be tension. When launching, try to hit the wheel with your head.
While participating in a big way, transitions should be performed only by certain individuals who have been assigned to do so in the dive plan. Otherwise, transitions cause loss of concentration and thus confusion.
You should participate in the inner ring of a big way only if you can guarantee that you can maintain your fallrate.
For training your muscles to learn how to fly in a head-down daffy, you can do a floor exercise during which you kneel on your hands and knees. Extend one leg behind you with the knee bent. Raise and lower repeatedly your back leg.
At the conclusion of the 4-way camp, a formal debrief was held. First, John Schuman states why he organized the camp and what the goals were. Each person takes his turn sharing his comments with no 2-way dialog allowed. This allowed everyone the opportunity to speak. BTW, Pat times the duration of each subject area to insure that the lecture and talks stay within the allotted time.
Smile and keep breathing!
What is the minimum requirements for participating in a 4-way camp?
Pat Works suggested that participants should be able to consistently perform 2-way hook ups in the sit position. They should exhibit both sitting and standing flying skills. The number of jumps does not matter, it's the skills that you have acquired that matter. There needs to be an evaluation dive before the camp. The camp then can focus on 4-way dives and then conclude with a big way dive.
Others suggested to build strong 2-way experience and then to build the size of the formation gradually. Instructors should have 4-way experience. There should be a higher experienced to student freeflyer ratio. John suggested a minimum of 100 jumps out of the box, 25 VRW jumps, and 50 2-ways involving docking.
Tamara suggests that for both the headup and head-down flying stances 1) Participants must have the ability to maintain balance and to recover lost balance without slowing their fallrate, 2) Participants must be able to control their proximity and levels, 3) Participants must be able to be at an on-level position with the group at the time of break-off, 4) Participants must have practiced to proficiency skills that they will use in larger formations on 2-way drill dives, and 5) Participants must exihibit a "slow and smooth" mentality for their flying habits.
Big Way Etiquette
The FlyBoyz have a set of safety rules. People tend to want to do Big Ways way too soon. When filming, it's better to carve around to the other side of the formation for filming from the opposite side rather than going through it. (Tamara thinks that an experienced freeflyer who knows the group and what they're doing can go over or under as well.)
Pat Works concluded that everyone should feel good as "We are all doing something new."