Rock Skills


These new courses are currently being developed and providers are being recruited. The scheme will be launched in January 2019 and the information below is designed to give you an insight into what's coming and should not be considered definitive at this stage.

Rock climbing on real rock is an addictive, enjoyable activity that has many benefits, both physical and psychological. Our new Rock Skills courses are designed to provide structured training opportunities for people who want to learn more and become independent climbers. There are three different levels so that complete beginners and those with more experience can choose the most appropriate starting point.

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Rock Skills Introduction

This is a one day course providing an introduction to climbing outside on boulders and friendly crags. The focus will be on maximum climbing time, how to move on rock, finding balance and using feet. Basic ropework and belaying will also be included.

Minimum age: 12.
Previous experience required: None.

Rock Skills Intermediate

This is a two day course and is all about becoming a confident top rope climber outside. It will cover setting up anchors for top and bottom rope systems as well as the skills required to be a competent second (following a lead climber up a route).

Minimum age: 13
Previous experience required: Rock Skills Introduction or some other climbing experience.

Rock Skills Learn to Lead Sport

This is a two day course to introduce people to lead climbing on sport routes. It is suitable for competent outdoor top rope climbers or competent indoor lead climbers.

Minimum age: 14
Previous experience required: Rock Skills Intermediate or considerable outdoor experience, plus some indoor leading experience.

Rock Skills Learn to Lead Trad

This is a two day course to introduce top rope climbers to lead climbing on trad routes.

Minimum age: 14
Previous experience required: Rock Skills Intermediate or considerable outdoor experience, plus some indoor leading experience.

Registration for the scheme

There will be a single registration fee which will cover access to all four courses. Registration for the scheme will be possible once it is launched in January 2019. If you are keen to get going, you can create an account for free on our candidate management system now so that you're ready to register as soon as the scheme is launched.

Attending a course

Courses will be available from January 2019 onwards from approved providers and you will be able to search for a course on our candidate management system.

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