U18’s & Youths
All under 18’s must be supervised either by a competent adult climber, or by an instructor on one of our instructed sessions.
Alternatively if you are 14 or over, you may qualify for one of our Junior Sign Offs which enables you to climb unsupervised.
NB: All under 18’s will also need a consent form signed by a parent. This is available to complete online here.
Supervision by Competent Adult Climbers.
The adult who is supervising MUST be a competent climber themselves. (They may be asked to demonstrate their knowledge and skills to reception staff.) They will also need to be registered with us. The supervising adult needs to stay with the juniors at all times to ensure their safety. Competent adult climbers can supervise up to 2 juniors.
Bouldering only Supervisor
If the supervising adult is a Boulderer (but not a roped climber) there is an additional questionnaire ‘Bouldering Supervisor’ to complete to demonstrate understanding of how you might keep a junior safe in a bouldering environment and minimise risk of injury. Please note that completing this additional form can take a few minutes. NB: To supervise children in the roped area you will need to be a competent roped climber yourself.
Not a competent climber or boulderer?
If the adult wishing to supervise is not a climber themselves, you can book a ‘Bouldering Induction Plus‘. This is with an instructor who will guide you through what you need to safely supervise your child in the bouldering wall. These cost £20. Please call the Centre to book a suitable time. Please note this can take up to an hour including the paperwork and may not be possible during busy times, without booking. 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, you will need more comprehensive instruction, such as completing a Beginners Course)
Need an Instructed Session?
If you don’t feel you have the skills to supervise your child yourself, (or perhaps you’d just like to relax and have a coffee while we take the kids climbing!) you may like to consider one of our Family Friendly Instructed Sessions, or take a look at our Kids Clubs
Please feel free to give us a call to discuss your options. We are only too happy to help.
JUNIOR SIGN OFF’s
Junior Bouldering Sign Off (14+ years)
If you are aged 14+ and have lots of climbing experience you may be eligible for a Junior Bouldering Sign Off.
This is free of charge but should be booked in advance. Call to book.
You will need a parent (not a friend or relative) with you and the process involves a questionnaire for the young person to fill in a couple of forms needing to be signed by both junior and parent. This process can take around 30-60 minutes but once successfully completed, the junior can boulder unsupervised in the Centre as long as they comply with our Terms & Conditions of use.
Junior Roped Climbing Sign Off (16+ years)
If you are aged 15-17 years with lots of top rope and lead climbing experience, you may be eligible for a Junior Roped Climbing Sign Off. This usually takes around an hour but can usually be accommodated during one of our Saturday Club sessions. Please ask staff for details. NB The parent will need to be present for the sign off process & sign to sign paperwork.
Alternatively this can be booked and paid for as a private session with an instructor and can take around 90 mins. (Minimum of 2 people) If you think you fall into this category but haven’t attended any of our Saturday clubs you may be asked to brush up your skills in one of our kids clubs first. Call to book.
Training Room Sign off (16+ years)
Those with Junior Sign offs either for Bouldering or Roped Climbing, who are 16 years or over, can ask for a training room induction. These are free of charge please ask for details.
GB Development Team (11-17 years)
Exceptions are sometimes made for the GB Development Team, in terms of age limits, if their experience and knowledge is appropriate. These are assessed on an individual basis at the discretion of the Centre Manager.