Junior Learn to Climb

NICAS 1 & 2 Courses

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Get qualified as a junior climber with NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme) levels 1 & 2. Fun and exciting climbing courses for 8 to 18’s.

Children tend to learn to climb quite quickly. They have a natural ability to transfer body weight to their advantage whilst they are still developing their balance and coordination skills. What is important, too, is that children start climbing with a good understanding of the safety aspects, from using the equipment to warming-up correctly.

These junior climbing courses will teach your child all the fundamental movement techniques and how to keep safe within a climbing environment.

Course Content

  • Tie in to a climbing rope
  • Belaying and rope control
  • Safety in a climbing wall
  • Climbing movement techniques
  • Bouldering and spotting
  • Understanding of the climbing grade system
  • Experience using different equipment
  • All equipment hire included

Course Duration

NICAS level 1 course runs for 3 x 2.5 hour sessions (total of 7.5 hours). NICAS Level 2 runs for 4 x 2.5 hour sessions (total of 10 hours). Both are usually on consecutive days during the school holidays or on weekend days during term time.

Course Cost

  • NICAS Level 1 £54
  • NICAS Level 2 £68


Female climber on an intro to climbing course with Southampton Climbing Wall

Once completed, depending on age and level of NICAS achieved (up to level 5), your child will then be able to climb with other junior climbers without the need for direct and experienced supervision, here at SCW and almost any other climbing wall in the UK.

Tom was very a patient and friendly instructor. Gave us plenty of opportunity to practice on the wall and now feeling very confident.

Lavinia S
A really great course and chuffed that I've now met loads of other new climbers too, looking forward to coming back for a climb with everyone!

Paula R
Tim explained and demonstrated things very well. I'm starting to remember it all and putting it into practice!! Thank you!

Suzanne G
Thank you Tina, we all had a great experience and you taught us all very well (with patience!) 🙂 See you back at the wall soon!

Lisa H
I wasn't sure if this would be something I would really enjoy and was bought for me as a present. What can I say though... I'm hooked big time!! Really great fun and a great course, thank you guys!

James R

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