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Duke of Edinburgh Award

Competent Climber course


Competent Climber course.


This is a 6 hour course designed to prepare you to safely enjoy climbing indoors. It also prepares you for the safety test that all indoor climbing venues will ask you to complete as a part of their risk assessment of your ability to safely put on a sit-harness, tie into a climbing rope, assemble and use a belay/lowering device and to arrest a simple climber fall.

Your day INCLUDES use of a sit-harness, climbing shoes, chalk-ball, belay equipment and all instruction to competently, and confidently, tie commonly used climbing knots e.g. figure of eight re-thread and on-the-bight, stopper, clove hitch. Belay and lower with an ATC and GRI-GRI, understand wall etiquette, understanding climbing grades, auto-belays and risk assessment in an indoor climbing environment. Also included will be pre-climbing warmup techniques and some climbing technique coaching.

Your course fee also includes an optional, mutually agreed, complimentary hour with your course instructor during your first climbing session following the course, or at another mutually agreed time.

The course venue is usually at High Sports Climbing Wall in Withdean Sports Centre, Brighton. However, this course can be run at any climbing centre near you e.g. High Sports Crawley, White Spider in Kingston, Craggy Island in Guildford, Westway climbing centre in Kensington.

Please bear in mind all courses at climbing venues are subject to the local Covid-19 regulations in place.

For more information about this course please do not hesitate to get in contact with us.

Cost £90pp. (Minimum 2 people per course).

Please note not included is the climbing wall access fee. This varies depending on the climbing venue used but is usually around the £10 mark.

If you like this course and want to develop your climbing skills further then book onto our "climbing development course". JUST DO IT


Arthur & Lucy

"Having never climbed before we were initially very apprehensive before getting started. Fear of not doing setting up correctly and the risks involved. After a days induction with Nigel we felt completely safe and confident to go and climb on our own.

The content was delivered clearly and thoroughly and at no point did we feel overwhelmed with all the new knowledge we needed to remember. Questions were welcomed and the training was delivered in a warm, friendly manner. Nigel went out of his way to ensure we had everything we needed following on from the induction and after already feeling like it was great value for money, we were surprised to find even more included with an optional in-person follow up, to run through everything prior to our safety test. Nigels experience and competence as an instructor was obvious throughout. Will definitely be getting in touch again to continue our training."


"Excellent explanation of skills and knots. Patient, supportive and friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed the day and would recommend Nigel to anyone."

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