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Introduction to Bouldering


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Introduction to Bouldering

If you're not sure what bouldering is, it's climbing without the aid of ropes and harnesses above impact matting. It's the most accessible form of climbing and because of this more and more opportunities for partaking in bouldering are springing up all over the place.

This course is the perfect introduction to this growing area of our sport and will provide you with all you need to know to begin your climbing journey.

During this 1.5hr course our nationally qualified coach will take you through the very basics of bouldering as well as giving you a comprehensive tour of our facilities.

What will I learn?

  • How to warm up
  • Bouldering do’s and don’ts
  • Safe descent
  • Bouldering ettiquette
  • Landing good practice
  • Basics of bouldering movement techniques

Who can take part?

Please Note that this course is strictly for people aged 14 or older (parents of under 18's will need to contact the centre for the correct paperwork before their child can take part in this course). Under 18's who turn up for the course without the correct forms will not be allowed to climb and no refunds will be given.

What do I need to bring?

Climbing shoes are included.  You just need to bring a £1 (refundable) for a locker and a bottle of water (or buy one when you get here).

What Should I Wear?

Basic gym wear is best. Please note that climbing walls get really hot in summer and a freezing in winter so dress appropriately.

How Much does It Cost?

The 90-minute session costs just £25.00

After your introductory session you can come back and boulder from £7.50 (off-peak).

When do the sessions run?

There are always sessions on Saturday and Sunday straight after our Roped Climbing for Beginners course. We also run Introduction to Bouldering courses on weekday evenings. Please see the below for available dates and times.

What Can I Do After?

If there's time you can continue bouldering after the session. If not you’ll be able to come back and boulder with us whenever you like.

You will also be able to supervise children bouldering (maximum 2) in the centre after completing this course.

You could book one of our Boudering Improver courses or you can book a private session with a coach.

There’s even an option to learn top roping with our Roped Climbing for Beginners Course. You’re simply spoilt for choice!

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Choose the number of people in your party and a date from the drop-down list.

Latest Reviews

I really loved the course - the instructor was super helpful and supportive and I felt I improved a lot. Would definitely recommend to others!
17th February 2019

Lovely staff, relaxed atmosphere, informative, good intro. Would be better with less waiting to practice on the walls.
16th February 2019

It was great, keep up the good work
8th February 2019

The introduction to bouldering course was great. Tom was good at explaining things and demonstrating what he meant. We learned a lot and achieved some climbs with support. Plus I feel confident to come and supervise my children bouldering now.
7th February 2019

Good instructor, easy to listen to and easy to follow. He did well to run the event as the teaching space was double booked.
6th February 2019

Tom was super friendly and relatable. The balance of talkong through technique and practice time was really good.
4th February 2019

Excellent introductory course led by Georgia who was helpful, encouraging and attentive. Due to my lack of knowledge/experience of bouldering I can't realistically say what could be improved. The course was very enjoyable. Thank you.
4th February 2019

Very good presentation and introduction to bouldering.
3rd February 2019

I liked that it was a small group of people. The instructor (Anna) was great, making the session fun and interesting and she was very encouraging. I only wish that the price of the course would include access to the climbing venue for the rest of the day (understand that perhaps it needs to be a little more expensive this way but it just felt a bit unnecessary to keep it split). I would def recommend it to anyone who’d like to try climbing and doesn’t know where to start!
27th January 2019