NICAS 7 - 16

Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday


£13.50 per session or 6 for the price of 5.



SATURDAY : 12:30PM – 2PM & 2:30PM -4PM

SUNDAY: 12:30PM – 2PM & 2:30PM -4PM

01325 320683

Our schemes, which are the National Indoor Climbing Award Schemes (NICAS®) are an introduction to climbing and provide a gateway to learning more and developing a love for the sport.

The key aim is to provide a safe introduction to climbing for anyone aged 7 years and up on artificial climbing structures (e.g indoor climbing walls). Those who progress through to the higher levels also start to look wider and learn more about the history, ethics and styles of both indoor and outdoor climbing.

The nationally-recognised scheme helps to standardise the teaching and coaching of climbing in a structured manner, whilst providing lots of fun too.

All involved – whether climber, parent, coach – can easily monitor and record skill development and progression through use of our structured scheme. We have a climbing scheme (climbing with ropes) as well as a bouldering scheme, NICAS Bouldering®, which involves climbing at a lower height, without the need for ropes. 

1. New Climber
An entry level aimed at novices that recognises their ability to climb safely under supervision.

2. Foundation Climber
Aimed at promoting good practice in climbing and bouldering unsupervised on an artificial wall.

3. Technical Climber
A more advanced top-roping and bouldering award that focusses on developing technique and movement skills. This is aimed at ensuring a candidate 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.

Our development classes and youth team cover lead climbing and advanced climbing. Though not part of the NICAS SCHEME

Lead Climber

Concentrating on the skills required to lead climb proficiently. Aimed at developing a self-motivated climber who has a wide range of skills and has reached a high level of competence, with a desire to progress by identifying and setting goals.

Advanced Climber
The top-level award that focuses on improving performance, a deeper understanding of climbing systems and the wider world of climbing, as well as experience of local and national competitions.