Getting started (adults) | boulderbrighton.com

// GETTING STARTED //

Bouldering is really easy to get into – you don’t need experience, any expensive kit, or even anyone else to come with for a first session (though it’s a great activity to share with friends).

Here are three easy steps to get you going:

1/ Register Online

However you want to get going, you’ll need to complete our registration process before you start. It’s a one-off form that highlights some of the risks that any climbing activity entails, and gives you some important safety tips. There’s also a short intro video to watch which brings the information to life and gives you a better idea of how the centre works. Online registration is free and saves you time when you arrive at the centre. Register online here.

2/ Book a Get Bouldering session...

For anyone new to the sport, or looking for a quick refresher, we highly recommend booking one of our Get Bouldering sessions. It’s a fun and low pressure session giving you everything you need to know to boulder independently in the future. You get an hour in a group with an instructor including climbing shoe hire, and you can carry on climbing until the centre closes. Check out the link below for more details and online booking.

Book a Get Bouldering session online.

3/ ...or just take the plunge

If you’re feeling confident, you can just register online, turn up, and start climbing. We will give you a quick safety briefing at the front desk and a brief overview of how the centre works, then leave you to it. No prior climbing experience is required but the Get Bouldering session is recommended for first timers.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to know how to use a rope and harness?

No, there are no ropes and harnesses involved in bouldering, so this isn’t necessary. Your climb is protected by safety matting instead, and staying safe involves common sense rather than any technical knowledge. See our 4 minute induction video for a quick overview of how it all works:


Do I need to book?

If you want to join an instructed session, like Get Bouldering, you should book this in advance. Otherwise, if you just want to turn up and have a go under your own steam, just register and turn up when we're open! You don't need any previous experience.

What should I wear?

You don’t need to wear anything special – just comfortable, non-restrictive clothing that allows you to move your arms and legs about freely. Think gym kit, or comfy jeans and a t-shirt.

Do I need to hire climbing shoes?

It’s highly recommended that you wear climbing shoes, though if you want to just have a go in a (clean) pair of trainers, you can. Climbing shoes can be hired for your session at reception if needed, and are included in our Get Bouldering classes.

Can I climb barefoot?

No, please wear shoes when you climb, for hygiene and safety reasons.

Can I come on my own?

Yes! You don’t need a climbing partner for bouldering – though it’s a very social sport so you’re bound to end up talking to other climbers.