A National Climbing Award Scheme for anyone aged 7 or above

If your child is looking to progress into climbing then The National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme is for them.

NICAS is the only nationally recognised award scheme that introduces new climbers to climbing on indoor walls. The scheme focuses on making young climbers, getting them hooked for life, and giving them the tools to make this happen. Working through skill development, all safety aspects as well as climbing ability, the 5 awarding levels have the perfect progression for all young climbers aged 7 and above. For more details on NICAS visit www.nicas.co.uk

Our courses are run in two age brackets under each level. 7-11 year olds, are called Rock-Its, & 11-17 year olds are known as Hang Time, this means your kids are groups with children of similar age ability making the learning and development experience all the easier, and more importantly more fun!

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Did you know we also run NIBAS, perfect for young boulderers?!

What’s  the difference?
NICAS focuses on roped climbing, teaching all the safety skills before developing climbing technique and movement on the wide variety of climbing walls at the centre.

NIBAS is based in our bouldering area. Bouldering is low level climbing above crash-matting where no ropes are required. The focus of bouldering is on the movement and technique required to get up every climb, or ‘problem’.

Both NICAS and NIBAS are open to climbers 7 years old and above, and cater for all abilities. Both schemes cover all aspects from the absolute basics to advanced climbing techniques.

Harrogate Climbing Centre is a NICAS & NIBAS Primary Centre.

Get your kids into the exciting world of climbing here...

With short & long term goals, aims & challenges, climbing really is the perfect sport for your kids to get into!

Our Rock Its (7-11 years) age group is available to book online from levels 1 through to Advanced Technical Climber (ATC). The higher levels are by referral only, and therefore aren’t available to book here.

For the Hang Time (11-17 years) age group, NICAS Levels 1 & 2 are delivered through the Casual Hang Time Sessions, please click through to Casual Hang Time to book online. Levels 4 & 5 also require referral.

Please contact us on 01423 815024 for more information.

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