Rock Climbing Instructor

Overview

This award is all about supervising safe climbing and abseiling sessions on single pitch crags. Whether you’re a parent, a volunteer or an outdoor centre instructor, the Rock Climbing Instructor Award has been designed to maintain high standards of supervision so that people can enjoy safe sessions in this increasingly popular sport.


What it’s all about?

Rock Climbing Instructors should be competent in the following key areas, all of which will be covered, to a greater or lesser extent, during your training course.

  • Technical Competence (including equipment, anchors, belaying, personal skills, abseiling, background knowledge)
  • Management and Decision Making (including planning, organising, managing other staff, managing participants, knowledge and demonstration of techniques)
  • Teaching Skills
  • The Climbing Environment (including access, conservation, etiquitte and ethics)

Detailed information on each of the above topics can be found in the Rock Climbing Instructor handbook (which is currently being developed) and the onus is on you to be competent in all of them by the time you come to assessment – use the Skills Checklist below to help with this.

Each area of the syllabus will be covered in detail empowering you to get out and feel confident that you can deliver a safe, enjoyable experience for a wide range of participants.

There are four stages in the scheme;

  1. Attend a three day training course
  2. Complete a consolidation period to increase your experience and knowledge.
  3. Attend and complete a two day assessment course.
  4. Continue to stay current and up to date

Prerequisites and Registration

If you wish to attend a Rock Climbing Instructor course you need to register with Mountain Training. The registration is a one-off cost which gives you access to the scheme.

The prerequisites for registration are as follows:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You should be an experienced indoor and outdoor rock climber
  • You should have a genuine interest in climbing and the supervision of groups
  • You must be a member of a mountaineering council: BMC, Mountaineering Scotland or Mountaineering Ireland (you can join one when you register if you’re not already a member) – find out why

If you can tick all of the above boxes, here’s what to do next:

Training Course Details

Non-Residential Cost £180.00

Three day Rock Climbing Instructor Training course based at suitable crags and a climbing Wall. It covers all aspects of the syllabus as set out in the handbook and delivered by our team of passionate and professional instructors, who are all experienced in the delivery of the course but also working within the scope of the scheme.

Before you book onto a Rock Climbing Instructor training course, make sure you have done the following:

  • You must be registered on the scheme
  • You must have led at least 15 graded rock climbs with traditional protection
  • You must have led at least 15 climbing wall routes
  • You must have led at least 5 outdoor bolt protected sport climbs

Residential Cost
We do not organise residential options for our climbing courses but if you need advice for local venues please get in touch

Course Program
The program will normally follow this format but changes may be made to make the best use of venues and weather conditions.

Please ensure you have all your kit ready to go. Don’t forget you need to have organized lunch.

If you have completed a Climbing Wall Award/Instructor training course it may be possible to do a two day version of the training course. Contact us for more information.

DayMorningAfternoon
1Start 9am
Introductions
Legal Responsibilities
Equipment and its use
Warm ups and Games
Using Climbing Walls
Teaching Skills
2Start 9am
Personal Skills and technical knowledge
Rigging
3Start 9am
Risk Assessments
Working With Groups
Problem Avoidance
Debriefs

Course Close
We will aim to finish by 6pm on the final day to allow time for people to travel home.

Kit List
You will need the following items for the course…

  • oHarness
  • oRock Shoes
  • oBelay device and Karabiner
  • oHelmet
  • oLead climbing rope and rack

N.B. A full kit list will be provided when you book your course.

Assessment Course Details

Non-Residential Cost £150.00

Two day Rock Climbing Instructor assessment course based at suitable crags and a climbing Wall. Assessment and further training as appropriate as set out by the syllabus.

Before you attend a Rock Climbing Instructor assessment, make sure you have done the following:

  • You must have attended a Rock Climbing Instructor (or Single Pitch Award) training course or been granted exemption from training.
  • You must be familiar with the syllabus.
  • You must be competently leading Severe grade climbs on outdoor crags with leader-placed protection.
  • You must have led (and logged) a minimum of 40 graded rock climbs with traditional protection at a variety of venues (of which at least 20 MUST be at Severe grade or above).
  • You must be proficient in the use of climbing walls and have a minimum of 30 climbing wall leads graded at F4 or above.
  • You must be proficient in outdoor bolt protected sport climbing and have a minimum of 10 sport climb leads graded at F4 or above.
  • You must have assisted in the supervision of 20 instructed sessions post training. These sessions should be at a variety of different venues with 10 being on indoor climbing walls and the other 10 on outdoor crags. A session is a half day or evening.
  • You must hold a valid first aid certificate.

The Rock Climbing Instructor assessment is 2 days long.

Residential Cost
We do not organise residential options for our climbing courses but if you need advice for local venues please get in touch

Dates / Availability



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