Bouldering with children
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we are unable to offer our usual range of instruction. We are currently putting together carefully re-modelled, COVID-secure sessions for families and friends, available to book from August. More information here.
WHAT IS BOULDERING?
Bouldering is rock climbing stripped down to its raw essentials. No complicated ropes or harnesses, all you need is climbing shoes. Your challenge is to climb short but interesting bouldering “problems” (sequences of moves) using technique, balance, strength, and your brain! You don’t need experience or lots of expensive kit to have a go – making it really easy to get into if you’ve never tried it before. The specialist climbing shoes are available to hire from reception or buy in our shop.
Watch the video below to get a visual idea of why you should give it a go!
You don’t need experience or lots of expensive kit to have a go – making it really easy to get into if you’ve never tried it before. The specialist climbing shoes are available to hire from reception or buy in our shop.
My child has climbed before, but I’m not a climber myself, can they climb on their own?
ALL UNDER 18’s must either be supervised by a competent adult climber, by an instructor on an instructed session or hold one of our in-house junior sign offs. It doesn’t matter how experienced the child is, the onus is on the supervising adult to be competent themselves. Without suitable supervision there is a real risk of injury, to the child themselves or to other climbing customers.
Supervision by Competent Adult Climbers.
The adult who is supervising MUST be a competent climber themselves. (They may be asked questions and have to demonstrate their knowledge to reception staff.) They will also need to be registered with us. Supervising adults need to stay with the junior at all times to ensure their safety. (To supervise children in the roped area you will need to be a competent roped climber yourself.)
Bouldering only Supervisor
If the supervising adult is a Boulderer (but not a roped climber) there is an additional questionaire ‘Bouldering Supervisor’ to complete to demonstrate an understanding of how to keep a junior safe in a bouldering environment and minimise risk or injury. Please note that completing this additional form can take a few minutes.
Bouldering Induction Plus
If the adult wishing to supervise is not a climber themselves, they can book a ‘Bouldering Induction Plus’. This is with an instructor who will guide you through what you need to be aware of to minimise the risks when supervising your child at in the bouldering wall. These cost £20 for 30 minutes of instruction. Please call the centre to book a suitable time. Please note this can take up to an hour in total including paperwork and may not be possible during busy times, without booking in advance. On successful completion you will be recorded on our system as a Bouldering Supervisor and be able to supervise up to 2 children in the bouldering areas. To supervise children in the roped areas without experience yourself, you will require more comprehensive instruction, such as completing a ‘Beginners Course’.
CAN I CLIMB WITH AN INSTRUCTOR?
Of course you can. Just give us a call or check out our full range of instructed sessions here.
If you don’t feel you have the skills to supervise your child yourself, you may like to consider one of our family friendly instructed sessions, such as a Taster, Crazy Climb, Skyline Via-Feratta or even a Private Session.
Please feel free to call us to discuss your options. We are only too happy to help.
JUNIOR SIGN OFF’s
We do have a system for in-house, unsupervised bouldering sign off’s for experienced juniors who are 14 years and over. See here for details.