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NICAS Level 3


The National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS) is a UK wide scheme designed to promote climbing development and accredit individual achievement on artificial climbing structures. It can be used as a starting point for people wishing to take up climbing and mountaineering. It is open to young climbers aged 8 and upwards.

Level 3: Technical climber

At Level 3, young climbers will learn:

  • Knowledge of different harness types, helmets, rock shoes and belay devices – including the ability to evaluate their condition and ensure appropriate care and maintenance.
  • Knots – figure of eight on the bight, clove hitch, overhand.
  • Belaying using a variety of devices and choice of appropriate device.
  • Knowledge of a wide range of appropriate climbing techniques
  • Principles of good climbing movement
  • The structure of a climbing session – warming up exercises, stretching, gentle climbing, peaking, warming down, rest
  • Climbing websites, literature, magazines and films

Assessment criteria:

  • Complete a minimum of 30 further logged top rope climbs.
  • Demonstrate progression of at least one full grade on top roped climbs.
  • Have knowledge of and demonstrate the use of different belay devices
  • Demonstrate detailed knowledge of basic indoor climbing equipment
  • Demonstrate and explain 5 warming up exercises
  • Complete a minimum of 20 boulder problems demonstrating improvement.
  • Demonstrate and explain 5 different climbing techniques.
  • Tie figure 8 on the bight, overhand knot and clove hitch
  • Watch and describe a climbing film/video.
  • Visit two climbing related websites and retrieve requested information.

Latest Reviews

Awesome course. Really good fun and a superbly well equipped facility with great instructors who look after the kids amazingly well. Mile End Climbing Wall keeps going from strength to strength!
13th February 2018

completely excellent. Andrew enjoys the sessions. I'd count: increased confidence increased understanding of his own capabilities increased fitness as his primary outcomes
29th March 2017

Chris is a great teacher and the other kids were nice.
8th February 2017

The teachers are great, there's a good mix of learning and fun, and my child is showing good progress. Moreover, the atmosphere around the wall is generally friendly and its a pleasure to take her somewhere where adults hang out having fun. Thank you!
14th December 2016

excellent teaching
23rd March 2016

It was fun and we did the right amount of bouldering and top rope.
15th February 2016

My son was very happy with the course, especially as he managed to move up to the next level.
15th December 2015

As the fee payer it would be good to have some feedback from the centre as the folder doesn't seem to have a lot of comments from the instructors. The instructors don't seem to be under any obligation to tick anything. I'd like to know how my son is progressing through level 3 and how long that level might take to complete. Also are there any courses/days during the summer holidays that my son could attend. Thanks.
29th July 2015

Manager's Reply:
Hi. If you could email me personally i would be more than happy to go through your points with you. Dean

Nothing to improve, both our kids love coming on a Saturday morning. Thank you.
20th July 2015