Codes of Conduct

Aerial classes

By participating in Airhedz Aerial Sessions you agree to adhere to the following Codes of Conduct (CoC). If you have any questions or queries regarding anything, please talk to Tina Carter. These CoC may change over time, so please ensure you read the latest versions. Thank you, and Happy Dangling. Please note that we have a NEW Cancellation Policy which is at the bottom of this page.

 

COURSE STRUCTURE 2017

      

    Whitstable Friday Nights: Trapeze & Aerial Hoop

  • Friday night Airhedz courses run from 7.30-9.00pm at the Whitstable Sports Centre (Studio).
  • Please ensure you arrive PROMPTLY. You may not be able to access the class once it has started.
  • You will be guided through a warm-up, but as returning participants will be expected to undertake this mostly on your own: cardio first; mobility second; appropriate stretching within your range of movement last. Once you have attended one or two sessions, teachers may ask you to start warming yourselves up whilst the space is prepared to increase the time you then have on the equipment. It is important therefore, to ensure that you pay attention to the types of exercises being offered during this time, and the instructions given.
  • The class will usually be run by Tina Carter and assisted by Suzy-Jade Carter to ensure all participants have support. If Tina is unable to lead, Sarah Walker-Down will be her replacement.
  • The body of the class will include working on the aerial hoops and trapezes but where possible there will be a thematic link. Conditioning on and with the equipment will be included in the sessions.
  • As staff pack away the rigging, you will be asked to cool yourselves down, given guidance on what is appropriate.

     

    Faversham Monday & Tuesday Nights: Aerial Yoga

  • Aerial Yoga sessions run from 6.15-7.15pm; 7.30-8.30pm and also 8.40-9.40pm.  Please ensure you arrive promptly so the class can start on time. You may not be able to access the class once it has started; please be aware that on occasion the venue is locked during the class and no late admittance will be possible. If you are know you are running late, then please contact Tina at the earliest, safe opportunity.
  • Use of the aerial equipment is strictly for the duration of the class, so please do not begin using the equipment prior to that point in the session.
  • Each session will begin with a short mobilisation series on the ground, followed by the aerial yoga session.  Each session finishes with up to 5 minutes relaxation encased in or using the aerial hammocks for support.  Please note that enclosure in the fabric can cause some people claustrophia, so this is of course optional.
  • Airhedz Aerial Yoga sessions are devised by Tina Carter as sequences that flow from movement to movement.  However, with the addition of new people and the introduction of new movements, the fluidity may at times be affected, so that specific skills or techniques can be learned.  This might mean that the usual flow of a session is interrupted.  If this is the case, please keep to the practice in hand and await the development and resist 'playing' in the fabric at those times.
  • Inspired by mindfulness and yoga practices, the sessions aim to allow each participant to move and breathe in a way that is most suitable for them within a given sequence.  If at any point you find that you are struggling, need to rest or need to take time out, then please listen to your body and do just that. 
  • Adjustments and options are offered throughout the sequences wherever possible to accommodate all our different bodies and experiences, however, if you have any physical, sensory or learning conditions that might impact on your ability to follow a sequence of movement, please contact Tina in the first instance so she can make appropriate adjustments to the choreography beforehand.

WHAT TO WEAR

Please dress appropriately for the discipline you are training in, the space in which we are working, and for the safety of you and the others around you. At Airhedz this means:

  • DO wear: sports clothing (such as yoga, Pilates, gym) that has no zips, buttons or harsh additions.
  • DO NOT wear jeans, very baggy clothing, overly revealing garments.
  • Please avoid sequins, diamante or the like as it can catch on and damage the fabric.
  • Please wear clothing that covers the armpits to prevent burns and to protect the equipment.
  • If you are prone to excessive perspiration, please bring towels or additional clothing.
  • We generally work in bare feet; if you have gaiters or trapeze boots please check with Tina before using these on fabric.
  • If you have ankle guards or knee supports etc. please bring them with you if needed but check with Tina before using them.

AERIAL FITNESS & CAPACITY

  • All those attending Airhedz aerial sessions (including Independent Training) are expected to be of appropriate fitness and capacity to undertake the sessions. Incapacity may be experienced/demonstrated by for example: the use of some drugs, alcohol, hunger and tiredness.
  • All Airhedz tutors have the right to refuse anyone access to Airhedz sessions if they are, or appear to be, incapacitated in any way; this includes those participating in IT.
  • All participants are expected to undertake an appropriate warm-up prior to aerial activity. These will be led by Airhedz staff for beginner courses and all those present from other courses are invited to participate as well. If you do not participate in a led warm-up, you are expected to run your own appropriate one. Refusal to do so may result in participation being cancelled.
  • Please ensure you remain hydrated. There may not be a working water fountain on site, but there is usually somewhere to buy bottled water. Please come prepared.

ACCESS AND DISABILITY AWARENESS

Wherever possible, Airhedz Aerial Sessions will be made accessible to disabled participants. For more information please speak to Tina Carter to see what provision can be made.

LATENESS

  • To ensure safety for all, Airhedz is now instigating a ‘lateness’ policy. If possible, please arrive at least five minutes before your class so you can be ready to begin at the start of the session.
  • We appreciate that sometimes it cannot be helped, so if you know you will be late, please contact your course tutor to find out if it will still be possible to join the class.
  • If you are late, it will be at the discretion of the course tutor as to whether or not you can join the session; you may be asked to observe rather than actively participate.
  • If you are more than 15 minutes late, you will NOT be able to participate in the class.
  • Please note that for Aerial Yoga in Faversham, the venue is often locked a few minutes prior to the start of session; you will therefore not be able to enter the building if late.
  • If you miss sessions, or are refused entry owing to lateness, you will NOT be refunded for those sessions.

INDEPENDENT TRAINING (IT)

  • Independent Training is for experienced aerialists only. At Airhedz, participation will be at the discretion of Tina Carter only. IT trainees are expected to be able to demonstrate independent, safe aerial practice, working alone on aerial actions for which they do not require guidance, spotting or supervision.
  •  If you are interested in participating in IT, please contact Tina Carter to discuss options. You may be asked to demonstrate specific knowledge, skills and awareness before being granted permission to participate.
  • Whilst we support collaborative working and training, IT is NOT a place for private tuition and instruction. Please see the section below for more details.
  • Please respect others training in the space. It is not appropriate to copy others working in the space (privately or in a concurrent class). If you are interested in something someone is working on, please converse with them, but be aware of the section below.

TEACHING AT AIRHEDZ

  • Airhedz is a privately run aerial training facility founded and funded by Tina Carter. Whilst she appreciates students’ excitement at learning and sharing new skills, for safety reasons this is not permitted in the space.
  • Only Airhedz appointed staff are permitted to teach aerial skills in the Airhedz Aerial sessions. The courses are designed and implemented carefully by appropriately experienced and trained tutors. Airhedz therefore does not allow student-to-student teaching.
  • Whilst we support collaborative training, the IT sessions are not the appropriate time/place for this. Airhedz are currently researching opportunities to run separate creative sharing time between experienced parties. If you are interested in this, please talk to Tina Carter.

LATE/NON-PAYMENT

  • As spaces are limited in all our courses, we are now requiring payment in advance to guarantee places.
  • It may be possible for those known to us, to have alternative arrangements; please talk to Tina about this.
  • As Airhedz is a small, self-funded entity, we cannot afford non-payment. Please be advised that we will seek legal advice for any non-payment of fees.
  • Once a course has been booked and paid for, reimbursement for lack of attendance is usually not offered. Any repayment will be considered on a case-by-case basis, but rarely on part-attendance of a course.
  • Please note that confirmation of participation will mean you have to pay for each place in full before the course begins and it will be non-refundable.

PHOTOGRAPHY & FILMING

  • In principle, Airhedz is happy for appropriate photographs to be taken and shared to promote and celebrate Airhedz and Aerial.  If photographs are taken during Airhedz Aerial Sessions, Airhedz must be credited on the photographs.
  • Please do NOT video or photograph students or Airhedz staff during classes.  If you wish to have photographs of yourself taken at some point, please talk to your course tutor beforehand.
  • Please do NOT video or photograph anyone in the space without their EXPLICIT permission.
  • Airhedz staff or appointed photographers may on occasion video/photograph for publicity of its classes sharing them on Twitter, Facebook and Airhedz.co.uk etc.  If you would rather NOT be photographed, please let staff know.

NEW BOOKING & CANCELLATION POLICY

Airhedz are implementing a new cancellation policy, starting in May 2017. Due to the timely and specialised nature of these events and the limited number of spaces on offer, the new legal 14-day cooling off period does not automatically apply. If you require 14 days to consider your options then please state this before booking a place. We can pencil a place in for you, but cannot guarantee it if others agree to commit to the place in that time. This is due to our courses being offered as a leisure activity, occurring on specific dates and being of very limited number. For further information, please see: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/changed-your-mind/cancelling-a-service-youve-arranged/#cancelling_sale_made_on_business_premises.