Rigging Help

Aerial rigging is the process of setting up equipment used to make humans fly. Aerial rigging can be easy, fun, and allow you to fly in places you never thought possible! But it is a very serious and important skillset and knowledge base that cannot be taken lightly. We hope that this page will help you get started in the world of aerial rigging without giving you a false sense of safety or knowledge. Please Remember: There is NO reason to attempt an aerial rigging without the advise of an experienced and qualified rigger. Please, seek advice and help for anything you have questions about. Safety is Always your primary concern and should never be taken lightly.

Helpful Rigging Images

Frequently Asked Questions

Which carabiner should I choose?

Autolocking vs Screwgate carabiners are really a personal preference, but there are a few pros and cons that most aerialists can agree on. Screwgate carabiners are safer to rig and leave alone. They are strong and secure with fewer moving parts. Autolocking carabiners are much better for rigging and de-rigging apparatus. They are easier to operate with one hand and have a wider gate opening.

Can I rig my fabric from a tree branch?

Rigging from trees can be an extremely rewarding part of aerial training. It can also be quite risky and it is very difficult to judge the inner strength of a tree by looking at it from the outside. There are too many sad stories of seemingly healthy, strong branches snapping under the weight of an aerialist, and every tree is different. Countless injuries have been sustained through improper tree rigging. Unfortunately, there is no “right” answer to this one, nor any foolproof way of knowing whether a tree branch will support you or not.

Please, contact an experienced arborist who has knowledge and experience working with the dynamic loads of aerial arts when considering rigging from tree branches.

How much space do you need between each aerial point?

We recommend at least 10ft between two aerial points, and at least 6ft away from the walls. Although you can be closer to each other, or the walls, you will probably have to adjust your aerial skills based on the room available. It is always better to have too much room, rather than not enough. Give yourself space to spin and stretch out without hitting your neighbor.

How do I use pulleys?

There are two separate ways to set up an aerial pulley system and they depend on what you are hoping to lift.
If you want to simply raise and lower your apparatus, you can just use our single aerial pulleys. However, if you want to raise and lower the aerialists during a performance, you are going to want to set up a pulley system using double pulleys. Helpful images can be found above illustrating pulley systems. We recommend 10-15mm Static Climbing Rope for our pulleys.

How long does shipping take?

We are usually able to process orders within 48 business hours of the initial order.
Typically, lyras are shipped with UPS ground (taking up to 5 business days within the USA), and all other apparatus, fabric, and hardware are shipped with USPS Priority mail (taking only 2-3 business days). International orders typically arrive within 12-18 business days.

Do you ship internationally?

We do ship internationally and if you have any problems ordering online please let us know. Occasionally there are minor problems using foreign credit cards or accounts – if so, please email us directly: info@aerialessentials.com
We strive to provide world class products and will do everything we can to get them out to you, no matter where you are located.

What's a "standard" fabric length?

If you are purchasing a set of fabric that you want to work in multiple venues and spaces, we recommend buying 14 yards of fabric. This is our most common length sold and will work in the vast majority of locations.

Do I want low stretch or medium stretch fabric?

If you are a beginner aerialist or you have less than 13ft ceilings, we would always recommend low stretch fabric. It is easier to learn on and without high rig points there is no reason to have medium stretch fabric. When you do have ceilings higher than 13ft and begin working with longer drops and falls, you may prefer the medium stretch fabric because it gives a nice bounce when performing. It is truly a personal preference, but that is our two cents on the subject.

How do I select my fabric length?

Find your rig point height then multiply it by two.
That’s how long your fabric NEEDS to be.
But we recommend adding about 6ft (2 yards) to the total length to allow for some fabric on the floor.
Also, PLEASE REMEMBER to convert to YARDS if you measured in FEET. We sell our fabric by the YARD. For example a 15ft rig point would NEED 10 yards of fabric, but we would recommend purchasing 12.
A 20ft rig point would NEED just over 13 yards, so we would recommend purchasing 15 yards total.

How do you wash your fabric?

Use a front loading washer and dryer with low heat and a very gentle detergent. Do not use top loading washers as they can tear the fabric very easily. Be gentle on the fabric, but feel free to wash the fabric whenever it needs it. Nobody likes training on rank fabric.

Should I rig a single or double point hammock?

This is a personal preference based on your yoga practice and how you utilize the hammock. If you prefer to spin, you will want a single point hammock. If you like a rigid structure and more stable position, you will want a two point hammock.

How long should my aerial hammock be?

You can measure your hammocks out based on height, but we typically recommend using a standard 7 yards of fabric for your hammocks and then adjusting their rig point higher or lower by using daisy chains or other means of adjustment. Also, even though you may only calculate needing 4 yards of fabric for your home hammock based on your ceiling height, we still recommend purchasing 7 yards of fabric so you have enough to tie the knots required to safely rig your hammock.

What's your return policy?

Please read our FULL return policy found at the bottom of the page for a complete understanding. The quick answer is: we can exchange and return unused hardware within 30 days. Fabric is all considered a custom order (as it is cut to size) and so, baring mistakes on our end, we don’t offer fabric exchanges or refunds. Please double check fabric length, and type before ordering. We want to make sure we are providing a product you love and would never consider returning.

How do I use my gift card?

If you purchased your gift card prior to July 2020, you will need to use the Coupon Code box on the cart or checkout page to use the gift card that was bought before our website was redesigned. Due to the website redesign, you can only use the gift card if your subtotal is at least the entire gift card amount. If you would like to use just a portion of your gift card – please email us. We will be able to assist you with only using a portion of your gift card balance and give you a new coupon code for the remaining balance.

If you purchased your gift card after July 2020, you can use the Gift Card box on the checkout page to enter your code. This code will allow you to use only a portion of your gift card balance. If you would like to only use a portion of your balance, your purchases will be deducted from the gift card and you will be able to redeem your remaining balance in the future.

Do you offer bulk order discounts? Or studio discounts?

We do offer discounts to schools who are setting up their whole studio, and to individuals purchasing in bulk. Typically we are only able to offer between 5-10% based on the amount you purchase. Exceptions have been made in the past, but we try to keep our standard prices as low as we can which makes further discounts very difficult. Feel free to email us: info@aerialessentials.com if you are preparing a bulk order.