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The Reach Climbing Wall

Harrington Way

#Unit 6


SE18 5NR

United Kingdom

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If you would like to teach climbing on indoor climbing walls or mobile climbing towers then this is the course for you.

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In this two day course you can get to grips with all the technical skills and safety requirements required to safely supervise people who wish to climb indoors.

This course does not cover lead climbing, for that you will need the Climbing Wall Development Instructor scheme which is a higher qualification. If you are interested in abseiling training you can also do the Climbing Wall Instructor Abseil Module which is an add on module to this course.


Candidate Registration Requirements

Be at least 17 years old (18 at assessment).

Have at least 6 months of experience of using a variety of climbing walls.

Have an interest in climbing and in supervising groups on climbing walls.

Be a member of a mountaineering council.


Candidate Requirements

Be registered on the scheme.

Have recorded visits to 3 different climbing walls on at least 15 different occasions; this must include at least one major public wall.

Have led 10 routes at Fr 4 on walls.

Have an understanding of the wider sport of climbing.

Candidates must complete a Climbing Wall Instructor training course before attending an Abseil Module training course.


The areas in which you will be trained and assessed are as follows.

Technical Competence

The Climbing Wall Environment


Detailed information on each of the above topics can be found in the Climbing Wall Award Handbook here:


Scope of the award

A qualified award holder can:

Teach climbing skills

Take people climbing and bouldering

Manage groups safely in these activities

A qualified award holder can operate on:

Indoor and outdoor artificial bouldering venues

Indoor and outdoor climbing walls

The scheme does not cover:

The rock climbing skills needed to climb and/or supervise others on natural crags and quarries (these are covered in the Rock Climbing Instructor scheme)

Multi-pitch rock climbing skills

The teaching or supervision of leading

The use of leader-placed protection

The supervision of high or low ropes courses

The supervision of ice climbing walls, including dry tooling

The assessment of candidates’ personal qualities

Minimum Course Duration

12 hours

Delivered in a 2 day programme or up to three sessions delivered within a three-month period.

The course must visit two climbing walls, one of which must be a public facility.

4 hours for the Abseil Module. Delivered either as an addition to a Climbing Wall Instructor training course or separately.

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The Reach Climbing Wall

Harrington Way

#Unit 6


SE18 5NR

United Kingdom

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Refund policy

Contact the organiser to request a refund.

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

Organiser Mountainwise

Organiser of Climbing Wall Instructor training

James has had over 15 years experience in outdoor activity leadership, coaching and guiding.

He is a qualified mountain instructor, teaching climbing, abseiling, ice climbing and navigation skills. He is also a qualified canoeing and kayaking coach on rivers and at sea. He also teaches bushcraft and is a British Canoeing Camp Craft and Expedition Skills provider.

The experience of being in nature can be uplifting and transformational. James specialises in working with people who have had very little opportunity of experiencing nature, either due to limited life chances or to suffering from mental health issues, in order to share with them the life-enhancing effects that being in wilderness can bring.

His qualifications are as follows:
AALA - Adventure Activities Licensing Authority Licence Holder - see documentation here

Climbing and Mountaineering:
MIC - Mountain Instructor Certificate
IML - International Mountain Leader
IOL - Institute for Outdoor Learning Bushcraft Provider

Mountain Training Provider of the following awards:
SPA - Single Pitch Assessment
ML - Mountain Leader
CWA / CWLA / CWAA - Climbing Wall Award / Leader Award / Abseil Award

Canoeing and Kayaking:
BCU - British Canoe Union - Level 3 Kayak Coach, Level 4 Sea Coach

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