"Learning the ropes" means taking a clear step towards becoming a competent and self-sufficient climber. Literally holding another person's life and well-being in your hands is no time for experimenting and half-hearted learning. Our beginner course is designed to ensure you will be a valuable and trustworthy climbing partner. Rather than trying to cover every aspect of climbing there is, this course focusses on the absolute basics and ensures they are understood and absorbed by you.
Upcoming open sessions:
None at this time
Ideally you will have climbed before on a taster session or with friends looking after you, but this is not a requirement.
What will you learn?
- Looking after yourself and your climbing partners
- Appropriate and safe behaviour in a climbing wall
- Securing yourself to a rope (tying in)
- Securing a climber with a rope (belay)
- Basic climbing movement skills
- Warming up and cooling down
- What to look out for when buying climbing gear
What can you expect?
"Learn the ropes" and become a self-sufficient and competent climber. Master the essentials of climbing etiquette, securing yourself and belaying others in order to pass centre safety tests.
After the usual introductions, safety brief and warm up, the first session will start with your instructor taking you through climbing wall etiquette, the various parts of the wall and how they link together. You will be introduced to the necessary safety equipment and the fundamental links in the climbing "chain of safety".
Usually your instructor will then introduce you to a basic but "bomb proof" method of attaching yourself and others to the rope. Once you are happy attaching yourself you will be shown the basic method of belaying and how to keep yourself and your climber safe.
Throughout the course your instructor will constantly adjust the pace to suit your needs and will emphasise safe practice over elaborate extras. Our aim is to ensure that you leave with a solid understanding of the basics of climbing safety, allowing you to go to any climbing centre and enjoy this amazing sport.
The second session will depend heavily on how much content was covered in the first. Your instructor will usually introduce you to different belay devices and show you the differences of climbing on various wall angles. You will be asked to secure a minor fall at some point during the course to give you an understanding of what a fall actually feels like. At the end of the second session your instructor will give you honest feedback about what level they feel you are at.
Most people completing one of our beginner courses will be able to pass the "safety test" many centres require before allowing new climbers to climb unsupervised.
What do you need to bring?
Standard gym clothing and trainers are fine. Centres we use usually hire out climbing shoes at an additional cost and you may choose to try those out. We supply all essential safety equipment and any additional "shiny" items we may choose to let you try out as part of familiarising yourself with climbing.