CLIMBING WALL DEVELOPMENT INSTRUCTOR


This scheme is for experienced instructors wishing to teach advanced indoor climbing techniques, including lead climbing.

Climbing Wall Development Instructor handbook

Course Director

All courses must be delivered by an approved course director. For course director responsibilities please see the Leadership Award Quality Manual.

Scope of the award

A qualified award holder can:
  • Support an indoor climber’s progression
  • Foster an indoor climber’s independence
  • Teach indoor lead climbing skills
A qualified award holder can operate on:
  • Indoor and outdoor artificial bouldering venues
  • Indoor and outdoor climbing walls
The scheme does not cover:
  • The rock climbing skills needed to climb and/or supervise others on natural crags and quarries (these are covered in the Single Pitch Award scheme)
  • The supervision of high or low ropes courses
  • The assessment of candidates’ personal qualities

REGISTRATION

Candidate Registration Requirements

  • Hold either the Climbing Wall Instructor or the Rock Climbing Instructor

TRAINING COURSE

Candidate Requirements

It is now the course director's responsibility to ensure all candidates satisfy the minimum requirements as follows (i.e Dlogs are not vetted by Mountain Training);
  • Have led 50 routes
  • Have climbed at 3 different major climbing walls
  • Have belayed a lead climber 50 times
  • Have lead 25 routes at grade F6a on indoor climbing walls
  • Have 20 supervising sessions after passing either Climbing Wall Instructor or Rock Climbing Instructor qualifications. At least 5 of these sessions must have personal reflective comments recorded on DLOG.

Minimum Course Duration

  • 8 hours.
  • Delivered in a day.

Group Size

  • 2 candidates minimum.
  • 8 candidates maximum.

Staffing Ratio

  • 1 staff : 4 candidates.

Additional Course Staff

Climbing Wall Development Instructor or higher. Please see course staff requirements in the Leadership Award Quality Manual area for further guidance.

ASSESSMENT COURSE

Candidate Requirements

  • Have attended a Climbing Wall Development Instructor training course (or have exemption from training).
  • Be familiar with the syllabus.
  • Have logged a minimum of 100 different lead climbs, at least half of which must be a grade of French 6a or above at 3 different major climbing walls.
  • Have assisted or observed at least 5 teaching leading sessions delivered by a suitably qualified person. These 5 sessions must have personal reflective comments recorded on DLOG.
  • Hold a current first aid certificate.

Minimum Course Duration

  • 6 hours.
  • Delivered in a day.

Group Size

  • 2 candidates minimum.
  • 8 candidates maximum.

Staffing Ratio

  • 1 staff : 4 candidates.

Additional Course Staff Award

Mountaineering Instructor Award or higher.

Please see Course Staff Requirements in the Leadership Award Quality Manual area for further guidance.


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