NICAS Level 2


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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

The kids always enjoy their climbing sessions. It's a highlight of their week. Staff are always very friendly and helpful and make the children feel very welcome.
15th July 2022

all was great- My son had a great time- i was just wondering if it s deliberate choice of yours that they have different teachers all the time- I think it f be good if one teacher had the same group over the 6 weeks as he could better relate to their progression-
16th December 2019

The course was great for my daughter. It would have been even better if she had the same instructor for the whole course. Thank you
20th October 2019

My daughter loved it and all the different coaches were just very supportive and great.
14th October 2019

I was very happy with the course and i was very happy with All the coaches
8th April 2019

The course was fantastic , the teacher was great and very inspiring I loved the 6 weeks and wish it was longer I have picked up some great skills which have come in use whilst away camping Everything was perfect
7th April 2019

it was great
7th April 2019

I'm a little unsure of what they are doing on this course as they finished the level on the first week and I don't really know what they have been doing since.
6th April 2019

the boys enjoyed the course and would like to rebook another course
17th December 2018