Rigging Lab Academy is the premier learning and continuing education platform for the global rigging community. We are dedicated to uniting the rigging industry and building a legacy for future generations. Get access to the top riggers from around the world in a variety of industries.
Since 2005, Rigging Lab Academy (aka The Rigging Lab) has been creating and filming training projects for a global rigging community. We are a multi-faceted hub for the rigging enthusiast as well occupational riggers and rope technicians of the world... connecting “learner and teacher” through critical resources and “wow” experiences.
Our goal is to completely disrupt the status quo for both learner and teacher. We partner in exploration resulting in creative solutions. Created out of a perceived lack of knowledge sharing in an industry where we all learn from doing, Rigging Lab Academy provides riggers with the opportunity to an out of the box experience, from leaders from all over the world.
We know that there are amazing riggers and rope technicians out there who are doing amazing things, but perhaps don’t have the platform to share their knowledge. We offer a space for riggers to grow, while allowing them to discover their own creativity, gifts, and courage. We are building a community of both apprentices and masters. Never before, has this been done on such a grand scale.
As a community, we’re working together to build up this new generation of apprentice riggers, rope technicians, and masters in the “field of rigging”. Our vision is about creating a legacy where transformation happens and is passed along to the current generation, who will then take it, and build on it for the generations to come.
Love rigging and hate “status quo”? You belong here! We are the planets #1 digital source for rigging on rope and growing.
Leadership is about influence and there are active leaders and passive leaders. We all have something special in us that others need to know and learn from. Yet many of us aren’t quite sure what to do about that.
We believe in Transformation. We Partner In Exploration Resulting In Creative Solutions. The Rigging Lab Academy Membership connects learners and teachers through critical resources and a “wow” experience. Our view is that connectivity a the crucial element and the difference between effectiveness and efficiency and community what holds everything together.
The RLA Membership gives our global rigging community a platform, that makes information accessible and content easily consumed. Members are given an accelerated learning process, that inspires and prepares them with tactics and strategies that actually work. Learning from great people should always the goal.
This video outlines the major benefits of using the Harken Riggers Winch in rigging and rescue operations. This tool is a major shift in rescue rigging and a full on game changer.
Removable bolts and anchors are incredibly easy to install, have multi-directional attributes, are reusable, and can be applied to multiple industries. This mini course describes the how, why and where to properly place removeable bolts and anchors.
Building highlines is as much an art as it is a science. In this video course, Tom steps through the maze of pre-planning a rescue at a very busy climbing area.
The use of elevated anchors or Artificial High Directionals (AHDs) is mandatory requirement of NFPA 1670 for rope technicians. As with all anchor systems, we must have a complete working knowledge of force vector analysis and resultant management.
Covering rock, steel, concrete, and a new understanding to setting anchors, cam placements, knots, climbing and guide tips, industrial use of twin tensioning systems, track and high-lines, belaying in the industrial settings, ascending and descending.
Anchors, mechanical-advantage calculations, friction and managing edge trauma, and skate-blocks. Filmed on location from the mountains to the industrial side of breweries… The building blocks for many topics to come.
Arbor and Tree Climbing Essentials covers the rudiments of ascending and descending trees for working at height. Disciplines covered are rope installation, entering and ascending the tree, basal anchors, footlocks and other essentials.
We’ll watch the San Diego Lifeguards during a training rotation on the Lower Deschutes River in Central Oregon. Disciplines covered are 2 Point Anchors, 3 Point Anchors, Noodle Extrication and Single Point Ferry Connection.
Although this course was presented by Vertical Rescue Solutions for the PMI TowerPack and its use, the concept for work at height professionals cannot be over emphasized.
This course will cover basic canyoneering anchor and rigging systems and how to increase safe practices in these dynamic rigging environments. This is a 2 Part series covering Canyoneering Anchors and Canyoneering Rigging Systems.
The Rope Access Project: SPRAT Certification Primer 1-3 covers specifically the 3 Levels of SPRAT certification that professionally certifies a rope access technician and prepares them for safe working at height and a continuous model for technique retention.
This course is designed around the various categories for mechanical advantage systems and their relationships to the job or work environment at hand; Haul Systems, Elevated Highlines and many other concepts within Horizontal Systems.
Horizontal Rigging unpacks NFPA’s Awareness, Operations and Technician platforms, the essentials of Anchors, Main Line and Belay Line Systems, Elevated Anchor Systems and then goes full steam into Taglines, Dynamic Directionals and Highlines.
Elements of Rigging… includes knots and hitches, pulley systems and their rules, anchors, reeving systems/highlines, resultants and force vectors.
This course touches on both Ground Based and Structure Based Rescue techniques, Climbing and Fall Protection. This course is designed specifically for the fire service.
This course contains lessons on Tower Climbing and Fall Protection and Structure and Ground Based Rescue. Perfect for power utilities, rope access and other industrial rescue units.
Foundations and Concepts of Slackline Rigging a quintessential body of work written by Jason Fautz. This 3 Part series includes Introduction to Slackline Systems, Tricklines and Longlines as well as Highlines.
Friction is the force resisting the relative motion of solid surfaces, fluid layers, and material elements sliding against each other. There are several types of friction and we’ll look at both flat surfaces and curves surfaces.
This course takes a detailed look at the equipment used by the roping technician. It applies the language and understanding of the first course to connectors, cordage, knots and the way forces are absorbed during falls.
This course enables technicians to develop a deeper understanding and a sound approach to problem solving. Main focus is force and tension and calculating mechanical advantage in complex systems.
Through Rigging Lab Academy, you have access to the top rigging experts in the world. Learn from the best in the industry.
Get access to over 12 specialized online courses in a variety of disciplines led by rigging experts (and more on the way).
The community drives Rigging Lab Academy. Get access to everyday riggers throughout the world, collaborate, and share knowledge.
Get access to countless technical articles written by our rigging experts. Their knowledge becomes your knowledge through Rigging Lab Academy.
Rigging Lab Academy is about disrupting the status quo of learning and training in the rescue and rigging industry.
We Partner In Exploration Resulting In Creative Solutions.