One Day Skills Courses
Climbing is a brilliant way to get exercise, develop good balance, movement, problem solve and switch off from normal life for a few hours or a day.
You don't need to have strong arms to climb.
It's your leg muscles which are the powerhouses of the body and these which are the most useful and you'll develop your strength through climbing.
The aims of the courses are to enable you to independently enjoy climbing as a recreational and sporting activity.
So come along to a climbing session to find out what it's all about!
If you would like to discuss this course for friends/family/clubs or societies, please see the Private Courses page or just get in touch to discuss options and prices
Introduction to Climbing
PLEASE NOTE THAT DATES GIVEN ARE FOR AUTUMN 2021 and WINTER 2022! Given repetitive lockdowns and sliding tiers, it really isn't feasible to run courses in winter 2021.
The instructor:client ratio is 1:6 with a minimum of 2 clients to ensure that everyone gets the most benefit from the course.
I run two intensive courses with three successive evening sessions on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and two less intensive courses over 3 weeks with one evening per week either on a Tuesday or a Thursday.
Beginners courses cost:
£95 if booking one person for the three sessions.
£86 per person if booking for 2-3 people for the three sessions
£82 per person if booking for 4-6 people for the three sessions
This includes entrance to the climbing centre and kit hire.
This is an adult course and under 18s (over 16s) can come so long as the parent / guardian is present (even if not on the course).
By the end of the course, you will be able to go to any climbing wall in the UK with a friend or family member and go climbing with them unsupervised*
These indoor beginner courses run over three evenings (weekly or over three successive evenings).
Equipment (which can be hired from the centres) and how to put it on
How to tie in with a recognised knot
How to belay (protect your partner)
How to use an autobelay
How to use a bouldering room/centre
We will not cover lead climbing
*You will still need to pass a brief test when you go to a new climbing wall to register as an unsupervised climber and this usually takes 5 minutes and is anything from answering a few questions to demonstrating you can tie in and belay (everyone needs to do this - including me!). It is just part of the Center's admissions policy to check you can do it!
Intro to Climbing - Frequently asked questions
Is this suitable for me?
All you need is some basic fitness and a willingness to give it a go! Nobody will force you to climb anything if you don't feel like it.
What do I need to bring?
Where do we meet?
What's not included?
How much is the course and how do I book?
The indoor beginners courses cost £95 per person for the beginners indoor course (that's 3x2.5 hour sessions). It will include the cost of entry into the climbing centre, plus equipment hire where applicable.
I can't make the dates you are offering but I want to do the course
That's no problem - Just get in touch with me and I'll see what dates you are free and whether I am too. Please also see the Bespoke Courses page.
What are the Terms & Conditions?
I've got some more general questions...
Can you run the courses privately for me and my group?
Is there an age restriction?
Under 18s are welcome so long as accompanied by the parent or guardian. However, this is an adult course so really a minimum age is 16. Many climbing walls will not allow under 18s to climb unsupervised (and unbacked-up) unless they have completed NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme).
If you want to chat to me about any of the courses feel free to do so - email is a good start as I'm often out and about with limited phone reception.
If you don't like the idea of the online booking or would prefer to pay a 10% deposit for now, that's fine as I can simply raise an invoice. Please note that this has an additional £5 non-refundable administration fee.
Simply choose the dates you are interested in, click 'Book Now' and follow the instructions. You'll get an automated confirmation reply but I'll follow that up when I get back to civilisation to say thanks and with more detail about the course.
Please ensure you've read the Terms and Conditions and you are aware of what you need to bring by downloading the gear list.
Any problems then please get in touch.
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