At The Climbing Experience, we offer a range of kid’s climbing courses & clubs. From our NIBAS kid’s climbing course, to drop-in kid’s clubs, there’s something here to suit every young climber. In addition to kid’s climbing courses and clubs, we also offer a of introductory climbing sessions for kid’s and teens after school and at the weekend!
National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme - Bouldering course
What is NICAS Bouldering?
NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme) is a nationally recognised kid’s climbing course that we run at from G13 bouldering at The Climbing Experience. NICAS kids courses are suitable for children aged 7+ and coincide with school term dates. Your kids will learn to boulder in a safe, supervised environment with one of our qualified and competent instructors.
- The classes are in groups of 6 and include all equipment hire.
- All courses must be booked per term (10-12 weeks).
Our NICAS courses run in line with the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme bouldering levels, from complete novice to expert climber. At The Climbing Experience, we run NICAS courses up to Level 3.
If you’re new to bouldering and you’d like to read more you can learn about it here.
NICAS Bouldering Levels
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 the NIBAS kid’s climbing course. Your children & teens will still learn bouldering techniques and safety from our experienced instructors, in an environment focused on games, fun, and making friends.
Monkey Morning Kid’s Climbing Club | Age 6-11 | £65 (5 weeks)
Our Monkey Morning sessions are a brilliant way to introduce your little ones to bouldering without the need for a climbing parent to supervise.
This club involves lots of climbing and interactive games to keep your kids engaged and having fun! They will develop an understanding of how-to boulder safely within our centre, learn new skills and make new friends along the way.
Monkey Morning sessions run on weekends and drop-in sessions are available on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday mornings during the school holidays and include equipment hire (shoes and chalk).
THE HANG-OUT | Hang Out Jr AGE 8-12 & Hang-Out Youth Age 12-16 | £90 (5 weeks)
The Hang-Out is designed as a less formal option to the NICAS Bouldering course.
Instructors will supervise the session, and help your child progress and continue to boulder in a safe, fun and encouraging environment.
Book Kids courses & clubs
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 kid’s climbing course 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.
Beta sessions | £55 1-hour session | £75 1.5-hour session
Book 4 1.5 hours sessions for £220
Private coaching is aimed at Intermediate level climbers who may be stuck on particular problems within a grade or circuit. These coaching sessions aimed at breaking routes down into their movements and understanding their technical requirements, with an ultimate focus on improving route-reading ability, tactics and technique.
To book your bespoke session please fill out the enquiry form below
Private Taster Session
If you’re looking for an introduction to bouldering before choosing one of our kid’s courses or clubs, we offer private taster sessions!
Our private tasters are tailored to you, whether it’s just kids joining the session or a mixture. All relevant safety information will be provided to any adult participants, signing them off at the end of the session as competent climbers able to confidently supervise u16’s, while making sure children have fun climbing our walls too! If grown-ups would rather sit back and enjoy our coffee while kid’s and teens burn off some energy on our bouldering walls, then our instructors will tailor the session to ensure a high-energy safe introduction to bouldering at G13, building confidence on and off of the walls for all the u16’s participating
Please note, children must be at-least 5 years old to join a private taster session on our bouldering walls
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