Kid's Climbing Courses & Clubs - The Climbing Experience

At The Climbing Experience, we offer a range of kids climbing courses and clubs. From our NIBAS kids climbing course, to drop-in kids clubs, there’s something here to suit every young climber.


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 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 NIBAS courses run in line with the National Indoor Bouldering Award Scheme with five progressive levels, from complete novice to expert climber. At TCE, we run NIBAS courses up to Level 4. 

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If you’re new to bouldering and you’d like to read more you can learn about it here.

NIBAS 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.

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G13 Bouldering Academy

Looking for the next step after completing NIBAS level 3? Join G13 Bouldering Academy.

G13 Bouldering Academy is our highest level u16s coaching option. Our instructors will help develop your childs advanced climbing skills and tecniques, all in a fun, safe and structured environment.

Our Bouldering Academy is split into 3 awards, Bronze, Silver and Gold, each completed over a term. Academy students will be provided with log books, certificates and, of course, high quality coaching and instruction!

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Fun Clubs

Our Fun Clubs are less formal than the NIBAS kids climbing course.  Your kids & teens will still learn bouldering techniques and safety from our experienced instructors, in an environment focused on games, fun, and making friends. 

Monkey Morning Kids Climbing Club | Age 7-12 | £10pp


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 at 10:30 am and on Wednesday mornings at 10:30am during the school holidays and include equipment hire (shoes and chalk). 

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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.

Private Lessons

Beginner Private Lesson | £30 up to 2 people, £40 for 3 people, £50 for 4

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 towards. 

These lessons can be booked for children or adults.  Adults must complete a bouldering induction prior to booking a private lesson.  

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 one-to-one sessions. Please call to book private lessons so we can discuss your needs. 

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