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Climbing Wall Instructor -Assessment

Qualify LEVEL | 1 day(s)


This qualification used to be called Climbing Wall Award.

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Before you attend a Climbing Wall Instructor assessment, make sure you have done the following:

·    You must be at least 18 years old.

·    You must have attended a Climbing Wall Instructor (or Climbing Wall Award) training course or have been granted exemption from training.

·    You must be familiar with the syllabus.

·    You must have logged a minimum of 30 personal climbing visits to at least three different climbing walls.

·    You must have led a minimum of 40 climbs on climbing walls.

·    You must be confident at leading routes at Fr 4.

·    You must have assisted in the supervision of at least 15 instructed sessions on at least two different walls including a large public facility in a variety of contexts. At least five of these sessions must have personal reflective comments recorded on DLOG.

·    You must have physically attended and completed (i.e. not online) a first aid course which involved at least one full day or eight hours of instruction and included an element of assessment.

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Climbing Wall Instructors should be competent in the following key areas, all of which will be covered, to a greater or lesser extent, during your training course.

Technical Competence (including equipment, belaying, personal skills and background knowledge)

Management and Decision Making (including planning, managing participants, decision making, knowledge and demonstation of techniques and managing other staff)

Teaching and Learning Skills

The Climbing Environment (including access, etiquette and ethics)

Detailed information on each of the above topics can be found in the Climbing Wall Instructor handbook, Mountain Training website.

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Glenmore Lodge has a large, and very comprehensive store of up to date clothing and equipment. Although we can supply all the equipment you will need, at this level you are encouraged to use your own hill gear including emergency gear, tent, stove etc. (Your instructor will of course want to check that personal equipment is appropriate for the activity).

YOU WILL NEED (Glenmore Lodge can provide if required)

  • Appropriate footwear for the attended course
  • Helmet
  • Climbing Harnesses and rock shoes
  • All technical climbing hardware & equipment



Listed here are the essentials, this is not an exhaustive list.

  • Personal clothing
  • Warm outdoor wear
  • Insulating layers
  • Trekking / climbing trousers (not cotton)
  •  Hydration system (water bottle)***
  • Box or bag for packed lunch
  • Personal first aid kit
  •  Personal toiletries & medications (towels are provided)

Glenmore Lodge will provide any technical equipment required on a skills course e.g. climbing ropes and racks. However it would be expected that students attending any climbing NGB courses will have their own technical equipment other than ropes which Glenmore Lodge will provide.

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