Outline Programme for Training Courses
We operate a flexible programme, allowing us to make the most of the weather conditions. We send you a question paper to complete at home and bring to the course.
Start 9.00am. Crag 1: group session skills - top & bottom belays, anchors, abseil set up, problem awareness and solving, bouldering.
Evening session: use of climbing walls, discussion of climbing ethics. Finish around 8.00pm
Start 9.00am. Crag 2: personal skills - leading, stance management. Uses and abuses of equipment. Finish around 4.30pm.
Start at 10am at Kendal Climbing Wall. A full day at the wall looking at best practice for leading groups at a wall.
Anyone who has already completed a Climbing Wall Award training course is exempt from day three of the training course.
Outline Programme for Assessment Courses
Assessment courses follow the same programme as day one and day two of the training course
Dates for all our courses and guiding are listed on the calendar
If you have a group of four or more, we can put on a bespoke training course on a date to suit you. If you have a group of two or more, we can put on a bespoke assessment course on a date to suit you.
Training course including the climbing wall day: £240 non-residential
Training course without the climbing wall day: £160 non-residential
Assessment course: £160 non-residential
5% off to any candidate who has previously done an SPA, ML or LL course with us.
Entry to the climbing wall is included.
You can download a full kit list here
Travel, Accommodation and Venues
Info and ideas for accommodation can be downloaded here:
Ambleside is a good base, as all our listed courses are run in the South Lakes area. We use single pitch crags in the Langdale Valley, Little Langdale, Tilberthwaite, Lower Eskdale, North Yorkshire and Lancashire. Our choice of crag varies with each course, depending on the weather conditions and the participants. We can also provide courses in other parts of the country on request.
If you need a review before undertaking your assesment, there are three options:
- one day as part of a scheduled training course - either the group skills day or the personal climbing day. £80
- full training course: see above
- private guiding, max ratio 1:4: see rates on Guiding in the Lake District page.
Useful Blog Posts
You might find the following blog posts useful for information on topics relating to Single Pitch Award courses and Rock Climbing Instructor courses:
SPA assessment day one, 9th February 2015
Cow's Tails: Dynamic Rope or Sling?
How To Build Good Belays Part 1: Selecting Your Anchors
Build your first climbing rack
How To Use Prusiks
How To Build Good Belays Part 2: Tying In To Your Anchors
Confused? You’re Not Alone
7 Ways To Make Your Goals More Achievable in 2017
What Should You Expect On Your Single Pitch Award Training Course?
Do You Know The Ropes?
Rope Skills & Rescues #1: Escaping The System
Rope Skills & Rescues #2: How To Pass A Knot
7 Top Tips For Rock Climbers & Mountaineers
Top Tips From The Experts For Aspiring Outdoor Professionals
Rope Skills & Rescues #3: In-the-System Hoists
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