Here at Everyone Active, we offer NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme) climbing classes. NICAS is a structured programme aimed at progressing beginner indoor climbers through a series of levels.
NICAS Level 1 begins with teaching the climber how to put on a harness, tie their climbing knot and belay safely. As the climber progresses through the NICAS levels they learn a range of climbing movement techniques, set their own goals and develop autonomy within the climbing wall.
But how do you decide which level is the right one to start your child off at? Here, we’ve brought all the stages together so you can best choose what’s right for your child. We recommend anyone who hasn’t climbed before or has little experience starts at level 1, we can always move you up a level.
A great way to get younger kids climbing and having fun the wall. Coaching is focused on developing ABCs (agility, balance and coordination), as well as respect for the climbing environment. Sessions are 60 minutes long, at a maximum ratio of 4 students per instructor and are heaps of fun!
Level 1 New Climber
An entry-level class aimed at novices that recognise their ability to climb safely under supervision. Focused on the initial skills of putting on a harness, tying knots and basic movement up and down the wall.
Level 2 Foundation Climber
These climbing classes are aimed at promoting good practice in climbing and bouldering independently on an artificial wall. Deeper knowledge is acquired and belaying is honed to a competent level.
Level 3 Technical Climber
A more advanced top-roping and bouldering award that focuses on developing technique and movement skills. This is aimed at ensuring a climber possesses the knowledge and skill to climb and belay safely at any climbing facility (whether or not under supervision or with back-up) and operate in a responsible manner. Achievement at this level is broadly equivalent to a pass at GCSE.
Level 4 Lead Climber
During these climbing classes, you’ll learn to lead climb proficiently – a more advanced form of climbing. Aimed at developing a self-motivated climber who has a wide range of skills and has reached a high level of competence on top rope, with a desire to progress by identifying and setting goals.
Level 5 Advanced Climber
Reserved for the highest level of ability at an indoor wall. Please enquire for more information.
NICAS Junior Climbing
Our mixed-level NICAS session. Classes are typically made up of multiple coaches and climbers are split based on ability, age and NICAS level. These climbing classes are great for both beginner and advanced climbers alike.
If you would like more information around our NICAS lessons for children, please enquire and one of our team will get back to you.