Beginners climbing course

Learn the ropes

Thinking about getting into climbing or just want a refresher?

Our Beginners Climbing Course is perfect for people who’ve never climbed before or those who’ve done a bit and want to climb indoors safely and unsupervised.

What Will I Learn

  • How to tie into a rope correctly and safely
  • How to correctly fit different types of harness
  • How to belay and safely hold the fall of a climber
  • The correct use of different types of climbing equipment
  • Basic climbing technique
  • How to use a ground anchor & clove hitch
  • An introduction to bouldering
  • Basic stretches & warming up exercises for climbing
  • How to use an auto-belay
  • About the grading system
  • Learn the lingo! What is a crimp? Jug? Rock-over?

What Should I Bring?

Shoes and harness are included. Just bring a padlock for a locker, a bottle of water and bags of energy!

What Should I Wear?

As a guide, come in clothing that you’d usually wear to the gym – flexible, loose fitting clothing. You can also bring a zip up hoodie in case you get chilly.

What Can I Do After?

Once you’ve completed our Beginners Climbing Course and passed the Climbing Competency Test, you’ll be a Registered Competent Climber and can climb at Westway unsupervised.

You can also join us for social events, take part in competitions and improve your technique in our Climbing Pathway on the following courses:

Movement & Balance
Techniques Masterclass
Training & Physical conditioning
Lead Climbing Course

You’ll also be able to supervise up to two other adults or juniors in the climbing wall. Please note anyone who is not a Registered Competent Climber will not be able to belay.

How Much Does It Cost?

The 6-hour course costs £105.00 (£70.00 concessions) and includes harness and shoe hire as well as our expert coaching advice.

When Can I Start?

You can choose to the Beginners Climbing Courses over an intensive weekend or spread the course on the same weekday over a couple of weeks.

As soon as you’ve picked your days, you can book online, over the phone or in person. The course is open to everyone over 18.

Monday-Thursday 19:30 – 21:30 3 days on same day for 3 weeks
Thursday & Friday 14:00 – 17:00 2 afternoons intensive
Saturday & Sunday 14:00 – 17:00 2 afternoons intensive

Book a course using our online system. If you are not a member, you can sign up for free and book using our app or online.

Everyone Active app is available on both iOS and Android. Click on the icons below to download and book your next session on the app.

Terms & Conditions

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This session is for 18+ years only
We require at least 48 hours’ notice in order to change the da

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