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Youth Climbing Course (NICAS)

We offer the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS) level one & two on our two outdoor walls. This is a personal ability award, working in a coaching framework to enable children to become accomplished and knowledgeable climbers.

What is it?

The National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme is designed to promote climbing development and accredit individual achievement on artificial climbing structures. It can be used as a starting point for people wishing to take up climbing and mountaineering.

Aims of the scheme

  • Develop climbing movement skills and improve levels of ability.
  • Learn climbing rope-work and how to use equipment appropriately.
  • Develop risk assessment and risk management skills in the sport.
  • Work as a team, communicate with, and trust a climbing partner.
  • Provide a structure for development, motivation and improved performance.
  • Gain an understanding of the sport, it’s history and future challenges.
  • Record of personal achievement.
  • Point the way to further disciplines and challenges in climbing beyond the scheme.

Structure of the scheme

The Scheme comprises five levels of award aimed at complete novices to expert climbers. The scheme is split into two parts and takes a minimum of 100 hours to complete in its entirety. Part one contains Levels one and two and Part two contains Levels three to five. Upon registering with an awarding Centre candidates receive a log booklet for Levels 1 and 2 and a log binder with booklet for Levels three to five. After achieving each level they are awarded with a certificate on behalf of the ABCTT.

The five levels are:

1.Foundation Climber

An entry level aimed at novices that recognises their ability to climb safely under supervision.

2.Top Rope Climber

Aimed at promoting good practice in climbing and bouldering unsupervised on an artificial wall.

3.Technical Climber

A more advanced top roping and bouldering level that focuses on developing technique and movement skills.

4.Lead Climber

Concentrates on the skills required to both lead climb and belay a lead climber.

5.Advanced Climber

The top level that focuses on improving performance, a deeper understanding of climbing systems and the wider world of climbing.

When is it?

Our Youth Climbing Course run on Monday & Wednesdays during all school holidays throughout the year. Programmes start at 09:00 and finish at 16:30.

Who is it for?

Youth Climbing Courses are great for 8 – 16 years.  Children are normally organised into age groupings to ensure good group dynamics and the activity difficulty is pitched at the right level.

How much is it?

£37 per child.

We accept child care vouchers.

What next?

All activities need to be booked in advance.

Children require a completed participation consent form, which can be completed on arrival or downloaded from our website.

Programme Benefits

  • Great opportunity to make friends and develop peer to peer social skills
  • Children enjoy participating and adopt a positive attitude to challenge and adventure
  • Children acquire and develop a range paddling skills
  • Children demonstrate and extend their key skills of communication, co-ordination and balance
  • Children take part in physical activity and display increased motivation and an appetite to learn

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This is a personal ability award, working in a coaching framework to enable children to become accomplished and knowledgeable climbers.

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Reception Team

02380 439185

Membership Team

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