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  • Climbing courses and qualifications

    We offer a range of training programmes to suit your level of expertise from private lessons to schools, youth and corporate groups.

    Lessons are available Monday-Friday 12-10pm and weekends 10am-5pm. Cost includes entry, equipment and instructor.

    To book any course for all enquiries email climb@brookes.ac.uk.

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    Adult novice climbing course

    Within the ideal conditions of the indoors beginners can experience the challenge of climbing for the first time, learning the basic skills on our bouldering wall.

    Monday evenings 6-8pm. Our four week novice course is run over a calendar month and is the most cost effective way to get started. Qualified instructors with all safety equipment provide guidance and tuition through this eight-hour course. Our novice course will introduce you to rope work, rock climbing techniques, safe fitting and use of equipment.

    Lead climbing course

    This course, is designed to allow any bottom rope climber to safely progress to the sharp end of the rope. Leading is potentially dangerous so during this course our instructors will ensure you gain best practice techniques for sport leading.

    Refresher lessons

    If you’re returning to climbing after a break and would like to be supervised and checked over then you can book an instructor for one hour session just to guide you back into the sport, or to go over a specific topic with you.

    Private lessons

    Ideal as a treat or gift small group sessions or 1:1 lessons can allow you to progress much faster toward you goal of safe independence climbing indoors, our lessons will move you at your own pace, in your own direction.

    Kids open session

    Mondays and Fridays 4.30-6pm. This session is designed for 5yrs+. Cost includes entry and supervision. The session is a supervised climbing experience of bouldering and bottom-roped climbing run by our experienced instructor team. Places can be booked in advance on 01865 48 4373.

    Kids open session: School Holiday Specials

    Tuesdays and Thursdays 2.30-4pm

    Adult open session

    Thursdays 7-9pm. Cost includes entry, equipment and supervision. The session is a supervised climbing experience designed for new climbers who have undertaken our novice courses or lessons but would still like some guidance. The session is run by our experienced instructor team. Places can be booked in advance on 01865 48 4373

    Rock Stars Kids Club (NICAS accredited)

    Sundays: 7-9yrs (9.30-11am). 9-10yrs (11am-12.30pm) 11-12yrs (1.00-2.30pm) and 13-14yrs 2.30-4pm 14-17yrs 4.00-5.30pm).

    The NICAS course follows a five level system teaching basic climbing through to lead climbing. The log can be used as evidence for DofE, GCSE and A-Level PE. The course runs over 6 week during the school term.

    NICAS Open Sessions

    Tuesdays 4:30-6pm and Friday 6-7:30pm

    The NICAS course follows a five level system teaching basic climbing through to lead climbing. The log can be used as evidence for DofE, GCSE and A-Level PE


    National Climbing Qualifications

    For all qualifications, trainees must register with the Mountain Training Association.

    Climbing Wall Award (CWA) Training

    This two day course covers party supervision, safety and coaching movement skills. 

    Climbing Wall Award (CWA) Assessment

    This is a one day assessment. Candidates must have attended a training course and have logged 30 visits to a climbing wall.

    Climbing Wall Leading Award (CWLA) Training

    This one day course covers the skills needed to teach lead climbing indoors. Trainees must hold the either the CWA or SPA.

    Climbing Wall Leading Award (CWLA) Assessment

    This is a one day assessment. Candidates must have attended a training course and have logged 100 lead climbs 50% at French 6a or above.

    To register for any of these courses please contact climb@brookes.ac.uk.