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NICAS Level 2


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 7 and upwards.

Level 2: Top Rope Climber

At Level 2, young climbers will learn:

  • Connecting self and others to rope with a retied figure of eight knot and stopper knot
  • Pre-climb checks
  • Belaying and lowering using a suitable belay device
  • Ground anchor systems
  • Holding a fall in a bottom rope situation (belayer on ground with rope passing through top anchor)
  • Effective communication and teamwork with climbing partner
  • Knowledge of indoor climbing (French sport) and bouldering grades
  • Selection of appropriate routes
  • Effective safe use of a bouldering/ traversing wall (if applicable)
  • Simple climbing technique – the use of feet and legs, relaxed upright stance, confident approach, smooth movement and observation of holds.

Assessment criteria:

  • Connect rope to harness with retied figure 8 and stopper knot consistently.
  • Consistently performs pre-climb checks.
  • Belays consistently correctly.
  • Can safely hold a simple top rope fall.
  • Lowers a climber consistently correctly.
  • Communicates well with climber.
  • Understanding of French sport grades and selection of appropriate routes.
  • Safe and effective use of a bouldering/ traversing wall.
  • Complete 25 set climbs of any grade.
  • Complete 25 belays.

Latest Reviews

What a brilliant teacher Terry is! My 9 year old boy absolutely loves the course.
23rd October 2017

My daughter loves climbing here every Saturday morning and can't wait to progress to the ever expanding Secret Garden!
21st October 2017

You could tell the kids how to fill out their NICAS books. Joanna has no idea that she should be writing in it.
2nd June 2017

My daughter is enjoying learning to climb. Perhaps you could communicate a bit more with her and us how she's getting on and what she can do to challenge herself further.
20th May 2017

You are doing great
4th January 2016

Great instructors and great course. Thanks.
9th December 2015

Nothing to add, the course is brilliant and the kids love coming. Thank you.
20th July 2015

The instructors are great -- knowledgeable and rigorous, but also enthusiastic and supportive. The only downside was being an older kid in a course with too many younger ones.
17th July 2015

very good course, helpful staff, easy booking
17th July 2015