At The Climbing Experience, we offer a range of kids climbing courses and clubs. Take a look and see what we can offer.
What is NIBAS?
NIBAS (National Indoor Bouldering Award Scheme) is a nationally recognised climbing course that we run at The Climbing Experience. NIBAS courses are suitable for kids aged 7+ and the climbing course coincides with school term dates. Your kids will learn to boulder in a safe, supervised environment with one instructor to six students. Our NIBAS courses run in line with the National Indoor Bouldering Award Scheme. It has five progressive levels, from complete novice to expert climber. At The Climbing Experience, we run NIBAS courses up to Level 4.
Bouldering is a form of climbing usually practiced on small rock boulders, or on indoor walls. Bouldering is carried out at lower heights than roped climbing. The boulderer is able to jump or climb down from the wall (so ropes and harnesses are not required). All bouldering sessions are supervised by our qualified instructors who will ensure your kids learn in a fun and safe environment. All our courses are inclusive of equipment hire.
All courses must be booked per term (10-12 weeks).
1. New Boulderer
An entry-level award for candidates who wish to learn what bouldering is as physical activity and how to use a bouldering wall safely
2. Foundation Boulderer
Aimed at helping candidates understand how a bouldering wall works, and basic preparation and control while bouldering, with an introduction to equipment and movement skills.
3. Competent Boulderer
Corresponding to most bouldering-only centres’ membership standards. This level is aimed at ensuring candidates possess the knowledge and skills to boulder safely at any bouldering facility and operate in a responsible manner.
Passing this level is one of the ways under-18s can boulder unsupervised.
Our Fun Clubs are less formal than NIBAS kids climbing course. Your kids & teens will still learn bouldering techniques and safety from our great instructors, but there will also be a focus on games, fun, and making friends.
Monkey Morning | Age 7-12 | £10pp
Monkey Morning is a great way to introduce your little ones to bouldering without the need for a climbing parent to supervise
This climbing course involves lots of climbing, climbing games, and plenty of fun. Your kids will develop an understanding of how to boulder safely within our centre, learn some new skills and make some new friends along the way. Monkey Morning sessions run on weekends at 10am and on Wednesday mornings at 10:30am during the school holidays.
Monkey Morning Fun Club is inclusive of equipment hire. (shoes & chalk)
The Drop-In is a climbing club for teens to learn to boulder with our coaches. they’ll learn climbing techniques, develop an understanding of bouldering safety, and build confidence on and off the wall.
The sessions are 1.5hr long and fully instructed by our bouldering coaches. The Drop-In is for age 11+, if your child is younger they must have previously completed NIBAS 1.
The Drop-In runs on Tuesday at 4:30 pm and Thursday at 6 pm
Competent boulderer test (for ages 14-16)
This 30-minute test checks that you know how to use a bouldering wall correctly and safely. After the test, you can then use the bouldering wall without adult supervision. Our competent boulderer test is for over-14s only and permission must be granted from a parent or guardian. You are welcome to take the test for free if you’ve completed NIBAS Level 3 with us. We will not be looking for advanced climbing techniques; this test will focus on knowledge of bouldering safety and maturity level. We recommend joining one of our kid’s climbing courses prior to the test to ensure knowledge.
Please call to book a competent boulderer test.
Beginner Private Lesson | £30 up to 2 people, £40 for 3 people, £50 for 4
Beginner private lessons can be booked for children or adults. Adults must complete a bouldering induction prior to booking a private lesson. Beginner private lessons are for children or adults who have just started their bouldering journey and are looking for some structure and goals to work toward.
In-Depth Private Lesson | 1hr £55 for up to 2 people | 1.5hr £75 for up to 2 people
In-depth Private lessons are for climbers who have a specific goal in mind, a grade they wish to reach, or techniques they want help with. They work best as focused 1:1 sessions. Please call to book private lessons so we can discuss your needs.
Hang-Out Teen Social
This is a drop-in climbing club for teen climbers who can climb unsupervised. U16s must have passed our competent boulderer test or be very close to doing so. These sessions are facilitated by an instructor but are not coaching sessions. They offer a space for teens who love to boulder to get together and share their passion with others.
This is a free session, only costing a standard entry fee, so book your space to avoid missing out.
Contact us for more information.
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