Getting started
The four courses in the Rock Skills scheme are designed to provide progressive learning opportunities for new and developing climbers. Before you can attend a Rock Skills Introduction course you need to register on the Rock Skills scheme.

Registration is free for 12-17 year olds and £20 for adults and it gives you access to all four courses. To register, create an account on our candidate management system or log in if you already have one.

Courses are delivered by approved tutors who will introduce you to climbing in a supportive and encouraging environment, making sure you get the most out of the day.

Rock Skills participant handbook

Rock Skills Participant Handbook

Minimum age: 12.

Course length: 1 day.

Climbing experience required: none.
Course content
Background and Planning. An awareness of the types of places you can climb in the UK and Ireland, how to use guidebooks and mobile devices to find crags and routes, crag etiquette and the work of the mountaineering councils.

Climbing Skills. Fundamental movement skills and climbing styles.

Footwear and Equipment. Footwear and equipment selection and how to use the kit you choose.

Technical Skills. Tying into a harness, belaying, spotting and how to abseil.

Environmental Knowledge. The impact of climbers at the crag, ethics, access and environmental considerations for climbers.

Hazards and Emergency Procedures. Identifying hazards, managing risk, understanding common injuries, how to get help and the role of Mountain Rescue and associated emergency services.

By the end of the course you can expect to:

  • Have covered the course content in a safe and enjoyable outdoor environment and classroom-style setting;
  • Have climbed outside for a good proportion of the day on an appropriate crag;
  • Be in a strong position to take a climbing wall belay test; and
  • Be ready to attend a Rock Skills Intermediate course.
Training
Rock Skills Introduction courses are typically 1 day, although some providers may deliver the course over 2-3 days.

There are approved tutors across the UK and Ireland. A variety of cost packages are available depending on what's included; food, accommodation etc. so you can choose one that's right for you.

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What next?

Progression after this course could involve gaining further climbing experience with friends or through a climbing club.

A Rock Skills Intermediate course is the next step in the Rock Skills pathway.

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