Rock Skills Intermediate Info

'The main aims of this course are learning how to be a safe belayer, how to second routes competently and belay a lead climber. You will develop your climbing movement skills and you will learn how to place protection and construct belays.'

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 12 years old.
  • Completion of the Rock Skills Introduction OR
  • Have logged 10 routes on walls or outdoor crags and have logged 10 belays of a fellow climber.


Minimum Course Duration

  • 16 hours.
  • Delivered in a 2 day programme (inc. 5 hours min on an accessible crag).


Course Size

  • 1 participant minimum.
  • 12 participants maximum.


Staffing Ratio

  • 1 staff: 4 participants


Additional Course Staff

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