Climbing courses and clubs

Whether you are a beginner or improver, junior or adult who wants to climb, we have a number of climbing courses for you.

Courses follow the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS) which is open to all candidates aged 7 years and over. Registration onto Level 1 to 2 costs £5 and Level 3 to 5 costs £8 including your logbook and certificates.

Courses build confidence and trust between fellow climbers. They are also a great way to find friends with a similar interest. All tuition is led by fully qualified climbing instructors and all equipment hire is included.

Adult courses

Adult courses run on a 4 weekly basis and cost £80

  • Tuesday: beginners 7.00pm to 9.00pm
  • Wednesday: lead climbing 8.00pm to 10.00pm
  • Thursday: beginners 8.00pm to 10.00pm

Buddy climb

Buddy sessions are available to:

  • climbers who have completed our courses
  • competent climbers who want someone to climb with

Sessions run from 6.00pm to 8.00pm on Thursdays. If you require any technical advice our climbing staff are on hand to assist.

Private Tuition

Private tuition is available for groups of 2 or 3 people at a cost of £37.50 per hour. Taster sessions and group instruction are also available. For further information contact Energise.

Junior courses

Young climbers between 7 and 17 can attend junior courses held on weekends. Mini-courses run during school holidays. The courses follow a carefully scheduled plan and have a maximum instructor to pupil ratio of 1:6 (2:9 with an assistant).

All equipment is included for courses and club sessions.

Junior courses run on a 4 weekly basis on Saturday or Sunday from 9.00am to 11.00am (beginners) and cost £60.

Junior clubs

Once a junior climber has gained experience (belaying, tying knots etc) instructors will recommend joining junior climbing club sessions. Here climbers can gain further knowledge and competence under the watchful eye of the instructors.

Junior clubs cost £7 on a pay-as-you-go basis and run for 1.5 hours each weekend. Booking is recommended, although places may be available on the day.

  • Saturdays: 11.00am to 12.30pm (7 to 10 years, level 1)
  • Saturdays: 1.00pm to 2.30pm (7 to 10 years, level 2)
  • Saturdays: 3.00pm to 4.30pm (7 to 10 years level 3/4)
  • Saturdays: 3.00pm to 4.30pm (11 to 17 years, all levels)
  • Sundays: 11.00am to 12.30pm (7 to 10 years, all levels)
  • Sundays: 1.00pm to 2.30pm (11 to 17 years, all levels)

Junior climbers competency test

Junior climbers will be allowed to climb unsupervised once they have successfully completed a competency test at a cost of £15.00.

For those aged 14 to 15 the parent or guardian must sign consent at Energise. For 16 and 17 year olds the registration form may be completed off site.

Competent junior members will then be issued with an Energise membership card. The junior competency test is a 1 hour booking with an instructor to include lead-climbing. A minimum number of 2 people need to be assessed at one time.

Group climbing

Scouts, guides and other youth groups are welcome to climb. A fully qualified instructor can lead and supervise groups of 3 to 6 people on the climbing wall. Ask at reception for groups larger than 6.

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