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
- 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.