'The Rock Skills Introduction course is your key to getting started! No previous experience of climbing is required to attend a Rock Skills Introduction because the content of the course is aimed at beginners. If you do have some experience of climbing but aren’t confident about using the equipment required, finding the crags, locating the routes you want to do and how to stay safe on the crag then the Rock Skills Introduction is an ideal way to learn.'

Scheme handbook

Course Providers

All courses must be delivered by an approved course provider. For course provider responsibilities please see the Skills Scheme Quality Manual area.

Participant Registration

  • Be at least 10 years old
  • No other requirements

Minimum Course Duration

  • 8 hours (inc 5 hours min. on an accessible crag).
  • Delivered in a 1 day programme.

Course Size

  • 1 participant minimum.
  • 12 participants maximum.

Staffing Ratio

  • 1 staff: 6 participants

Course Tutor Experience

The courses are delivered by approved course tutors, who are all experienced Mountain Training award holders and work on behalf of the course provider. Please see Course Tutor Requirements in the Skills Scheme Quality Manual for further guidance.

Additional Course Staff

Rock Climbing Instructor or higher. Please see course staff requirements in the Skills Scheme Quality Manual for further guidance.

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