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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

Our kids love the climbing lesson. There was a point where the instructor was changed every week and they found it frustrated as the instructors didn’t know their level. Now they have the same instructor at all the time which makes them happier. Staffs are friendly and enthusiastic.
11th February 2020

20th October 2019

There is no consistency with the instructors. Kids get a new instructor most weeks. Doesn’t help with guidance and support for development and progress.
19th October 2019

Joe told me all nice teachers left, and climbing, what he always liked, was nothing to look forward to. He refused to finish the course, what I think is pretty sad. I offered him to come with him to talk to you, but he wasn't up for that at all.
17th July 2019

My daughter loves it.
2nd April 2019

Brilliant session as always. Can't recommend these enough.
13th February 2019

My daughter Marianne loves it.
12th February 2019

My son does enjoy the course a lot but I feel that the inconsistency of the teachers does not help his progress, as every single week it's a different teacher and they always have to find out what's been covered previously. My son says that very often they're doing the same things over and over (which I appreciate will happen in a climbing course to get the practice) but because it's different teachers, they are not able to discuss targets of what they might achieve over the next weeks and then work on it.
21st December 2018

My 14 year old son has been learning to climb at Mile End for just over a year now. He loves it. He appreciates the strength and flexibility that it requires him to have and he also says it clears his head and focuses his thoughts better than anything else he does. He likes his coaches very much.
19th December 2018