Climber scaling the climbing wall at the Centre for Sport

Climbing courses

Adults and children can learn how to climb by taking part in one of our professionally taught climbing courses.

The following climbing courses are available:

Two-stage beginners climbing course

Our two-stage climbing programme involves an induction session and consolidation session. Inductions are taught in small groups of no more than six people. Once both parts of the course are complete, you will be able to use the indoor climbing wall on a recreational basis. Both sessions take place at the indoor climbing wall based at the Centre for Sport on Frenchay Campus.

Who can take part

You don't need any previous experience in climbing, but participants do need to be over 16 years old.

Programme dates

Participants will need to complete both the induction and the consolidation sessions.

  • Wednesday 1 March and Wednesday 8 March 2017 (two-part course)
  • Wednesday 22 March and Wednesday 29 March 2017 (two-part course) 
  • Wednesday 12 April and Wednesday 19 April 2017 (two-part course)
  • Wednesday 3 May and Wednesday 10 May 2017 (two-part course)
  • Wednesday 24 May and Wednesday 31 May 2017 (two-part course)
  • Wednesday 14 June and Wednesday 21 June 2017 (two-part course)
  • Wednesday 5 July and Wednesday 12 July 2017 (two-part course)

Sessions run for 90 minutes, starting at 19:00 and finishing at 20:30.

Cost and booking

Sessions cost £25 for the induction and consolidation. Please contact us to register your interest.

Rocky Rangers junior climbing club

The Rocky Rangers climbing club is a professionally taught climbing course for 9-16 year olds.

During this six-week course, participants will work towards the NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme) Level 1 and 2 Awards through fun and informal sessions.

All sessions take place at the indoor climbing wall based at the Centre for Sport on Frenchay Campus.

Who can take part

This course is suitable for 9-16 year olds with no (or limited) experience of climbing.

Cost and booking

Courses costs £40.

Dates for the next courses:

  • Term five course – runs from Wednesday 26 April  to Wednesday 31 May 2017
  • Term six course – runs from Wednesday 7 June to Wednesday 12 July 2017

To book your place on the Rocky Rangers course, go to the online store or email Alexander George to register your interest.

School and group climbing sessions

Ever thought about offering climbing sessions to your students? Whether you are looking for a one-off taster session (aged seven+) or a progressive multi-session course (aged ten+), we can assist you in offering a great experience for your group.

What we can offer

  • GCSE PE and College sessions
  • NICAS Level 1 and 2 accredited courses
  • Teambuilding sessions
  • Taster sessions

Cost and booking

For further information, prices and bookings, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Outdoor climbing sessions

Discover the thrill of climbing outdoors with UWE Bristol’s professionally taught climbing course. The exciting course will take place in Bristol at the Avon Gorge, on the sea wall section of the crag from May through to September. Emphasis will be put on climbing time rather than the teaching of rope-work skills.

Who can take part?

Open to anyone over the age of ten (parent or legal guardian must be present for under 18s) irrespective of their ability allowing everyone to experience outdoor climbing under fully supervised conditions.

Dates

  • Sessions will resume in summer 2017.

Cost and booking

Sessions will cost £20 for adults and £15 for juniors (17 and under).

Participants will be responsible for arranging their own transport to and from the Avon Gorge. Contact Alexander George for further information.

Weather and session cancellation

Session cancellation will occur due to dangerous weather conditions, for example, heavy rain, electrical storms and strong winds. Normal rain conditions will not constitute the cancellation of a session.

A decision will be made by the instructor prior to the commencement of the session. If in any doubt, participants can call the Centre for Sport on +44 (0)117 32 86200 to confirm if the session will take place.

Session can be cancelled at any time during the session if conditions are deemed to become dangerous. The instructor’s decision is final. An instructor will remain with the group until all minors are collected.

For further information please view the British Mountaineering Council's Outdoor Climbing Terms and Conditions

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