Getting started (youth) |


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Pre-booking essential

📅 All sessions involving a supervised child must be pre-booked.
First time climbers and supervisors must book onto a First Time Climb session.

👩‍👧‍👦 U16s must be closely supervised at all times.
Max 2 kids per adult (or 1 child per adult if adult is also climbing).

🚫 Minimum age 7.

For full details read our supervisor guidelines carefully before arriving, thanks!

Bouldering is an adult sport that the whole family can enjoy. If you’re looking to bring a child to climb at the centre, here are three easy steps to get you going:

1/ Register online

All young climbers (and any supervisors) must complete our registration process by completing an Acknowledgement of Risk form before their first session. It 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. Registrations last for 2 years and must be filled in by a parent or guardian. Online registration is free and saves you time when you arrive at the centre.

2/ Book a First Time Climb...

All children and adults who are new to climbing and our centre should start by booking themselves a First Time Climb session. It gives you everything you need to know to start out as a family at the centre. You get a short induction in a small group with a member of staff to talk you through the essentials, then time to climb independently for the rest of the session with the adults in your group supervising the children. Climbing shoe hire is included. Adults can choose to supervise only, or join in with the climbing - non-climbing adult supervisors can look after 2 children, or 1 child if they are climbing as well.

Once you have attended a First Time Climb session, you should have everything you need to come back at a future date and supervise your own children safely and independently. Check out the link below for more details and online booking.

3/ ...or book an instructed session

We can provide sessions as follows:

  • Private Coaching for groups of up to 4
  • 1 hour instructed sessions for 7-11 year olds, either as one-off fun classes or as a way to continue to work through our Boulder Academy levels
  • 1 hour instructed sessions for 12-15 year olds, including working towards our Youth Boulderers Award which enables 12-15 year olds to climb unsupervised at the centre, with parental permission (this normally takes at least 4 x 1hr sessions to achieve).

Unfortunately we don't currently offer Birthday Party sessions.

Details of all our sessions currently can be found on our Instructed sessions page.

We look forward to seeing you!

Hopefully you can find the information you’re looking for through the links above – but if not, please give us a ring on 01273 422408 and we’ll do our best to help.