About Rigging Lab Academy

The premier learning and continuing education platform for the global Rigging and Rescue Community.

30+ Courses & Certifications

World Renown Instructors

6,000+ student enrollments

Since 2005, Rigging Lab Academy (RLA) has been creating and filming online training and eCourses for a global rigging community. We are a multifaceted hub for the rigging enthusiasts, 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.

"Our goal is to completely disrupt the status quo for both learner and teacher."

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 a truly out-of-the-box experience with top rigging leaders and thought leaders from across the globe. We know that there are thousands of riggers and rope technicians out there who are doing amazing things, but perhaps don’t have the platform to share their knowledge.

Rigging Lab Academy offers a space for riggers to grow while also allowing them to discover their own creativity, gifts, and courage. We're 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. 

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Meet Lance

CEO & Founder of Rigging Lab Academy and Rescue Response Gear

Lance lives in Bend, Oregon with his wife of 32 years, his pal Judah (some call him a dog) and his Son/Adventure Partner/Business Partner, Torrey. He has been around rigging and hanging rope for over 25 years. As a true entrepreneur, shiny objects attract him, so focus is challenging. Some of his hobbies include surfing, whitewater paddle boarding, climbing, and mountain biking.

In 2005, Lance began making video training programs, starting with his work with Reed Thorne in the Tower Rescue series. Eventually this turned into creating the first ever eLearning site for the global rigging community known and recognized today as Rigging Lab Academy.

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