Develop through climbing with one-off to long-term programmes


Outdoor activities, both at school and on residential courses, enable pupils to enjoy challenging and unfamiliar experiences that test and develop their physical, social and personal skills. They can be among the most memorable experiences for pupils of their school days.
David Bell, HM Chief Inspector

Southampton Climbing Wall instructed sessions

At SCW we understand the true benefits that come from climbing, and our highly qualified and experienced instructors will work with your group to encourage teamwork, communication, confidence, self-discipline and other essential personal skills.

To help manage progression and development at SCW, junior climbers can work through NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Achievement Scheme) to Level 2.  This is also the standard requirement to climb at any other climbing wall in the UK during public time (age limit permitting). This NICAS programme provides a foundation for a fun and well-structured learning process, put in place for individual members upon request at an additional one-off cost of just £18; please ask at the time of booking for more information.

Prices vary depending on group size, length, frequency of your sessions and whether NICAS is included. Call us now or send us a message to find out exactly how we can work with you and your group.

With your own qualified instructors

You are welcome to book yourself in to use SCW with your own qualified climbing instructors, whilst open to the public or exclusively for you and your group. You will need to provide us with each instructor’s qualification from the MT (Mountain Training) and bring your own equipment.

Prices for self-taught sessions are kept simple and split between peak (Mon-Thurs, 4pm – 10pm) and off-peak times.

  • Off-peak times: £12.50 per 30 minutes for non-exclusive use with a maximum group size of 9 + instructors / helpers (or £19.50 per 30 min for exclusive use with no maximum group size)
  • Peak times: £55.00 per 30 minutes (for exclusive use only)

If you’d like to come down with just 1 or 2 members then you can just turn up at any public climbing time, pay the door charge for you and your guests and then stay as long as you like. Equipment hire is also available in this situation at the advertised prices here. If you are coming in whilst in a working capacity you must be qualified and we must hold a copy of your certificate.

At external walls and outdoors

At Southampton Climbing Wall we work closely with other climbing walls in the area and can provide you with instructors that will meet you at these external walls. You might like us to stand in for your own instructors whilst they’re on leave, or work with you to write and deliver a full programme. All equipment can be provided and we are completely flexible to fit with your needs.

You may also want to experience the thrill of climbing outside, and this is where our instructors will help you get the most out of your days on the cliffs. Call us to hear more about what Southampton Climbing Wall can do for your school or youth group – we’re always happy to chat.