Aerial Guidelines

We get calls everyday from excited people who want to do aerial dancing or aerial Yoga or aerial acrobatics. Here is the advise we offer to those who are beginning this wonderful art form, or to those who have been doing aerial or circus arts for some time.

First: it is really important to learn if the structure you plan to be attached to can support not only your weight, but also your weight when it is in motion. When you are in motion, you are 3 to 5 times your body weight. Then you need to multiply this weight by 10 which is the recognized standard. So your weight in motion times 10.

The standard for human or acrobatic rigging is that an attachment support a dynamic load of 3,000 pounds. This means that a 300 pound person or 2 people who combined weigh 300 pounds could be supported when in motion. This number can change depending on what you are doing and what weight you are planning to put into motion in the air. For arena rigging, or OSHA guidelines you will find that the requirement is 5,000 pounds of dynamic load.

A dynamic load is one that is, or will move, versus a static load that does not move.

Please check with your local structural engineer if you have ANY doubts about your structure BEFORE you hang your aerial silks, aerial hoop, lyra, rope, corde de lisse, straps, or trapeze! Also, please let us know if you find a good structural engineer in your area so we can let others know who has helped you to stay safe!