Courses


slider-climbingadults2We run courses for climbers at all levels from beginners wanting to ‘have a go’ to coaching for elite climbers.  Our courses are always led by one of our experienced and highly qualified instructors.  Their job is to help you get the most of our your climbing.  In addition to regular courses, our team of senior coaches can offer one-to-one programmes tailored to help you climb smarter and harder.  We also run formal MLTE instructor qualifications such as the Climbing Wall Award (CWA) and Single Pitch Award (SPA) which are led by instructors from the MLTE approved Adventure Fitness Company.  To help you find the right course for you click on one of the options below.

Our four week Introduction to Climbing course is the ideal for course for anyone looking to take up climbing from scratch and progress their skills reasonably quickly.  The course covers a wide range of climbing skills from belaying to top roping, movement and technique as well as advice on equipment use and application.  With two hours of instruction per week you will have plenty of time to develop and practice your new skills over the course duration.  Introduction to Climbing is suitable for anyone aged 18, run on a maximum 1:4 instructor to participant ratio and costs just £100 for four 2 week sessions.  Courses typically run every Tuesday and Saturday.  See our event diary for our next available course.
Are you ready to get on the sharp end of a rope?  Or eager to try climbing on ‘The Prow’?  If you are currently climbing routes at grade 5+ and have been climbing for 3 or more months then our Step Up to Lead course can take your climbing to the next level. . The course is designed to help you progress from top roped climbing to competent lead climbing.  Run over two sessions, the course covers everything you need to know to lead climb safely in the centre including lead belaying, clipping and advice on equipment and application.  The course is suitable for anyone aged 18 and over, consists of two 2 hour sessions and costs just £60.  All courses run with a maximum of 1 instructor to 4 students.  Courses typically run on Mondays and Saturdays but can be scheduled at other times.  See our event diary for the next available course. 
Coaching is one of the most effective ways to climb harder and stronger whilst improving your technique and achieving your long term climbing goals.  It is effective for everyone whether you are a relative beginner looking to start out with the best possible technique or an elite climber wanting to train for substantial goals.  Coaching can improve your climb fitness and help ensure you climb with the best technique.  Our coaching programmes are devised by our in house coaching team which includes our Senior Instructor, Mikey Cleverdon, who has many years’ experience as an elite coaching the South West training South West and GB team climbers.  The coaching team has a wealth of experience, both practical and theoretical, that can help you improve your technique and your grade as well as opening up new routes for you to enjoy!  Evidence shows that as little as a one hour session with a coach can make a significant different to your climbing style and your grade.  We offer a range of coaching programmes from one to one sessions to longer 5 or 6 week programmes.  Please call the centre for more information.

The Quay offers a range of courses leading to formal instructor qualification including the Climbing Wall Award (CWA), Climbing Wall Lead Award (CWLA) and Single Pitch Award (SPA).  All instruction is delivered by MLTE qualified instructors provided by The Adventure Training Company using the Quay’s facilities as a base for instruction.

Climbing Wall Award:  the CWA is for individuals wishing to instruct climbing at indoor climbing walls.  It trains and assesses candidates on the skills required to supervise groups in an indoor wall environment and is ideal for those working with schools, youth groups or who wish to gain an instructor qualification.  Training is run over 2 days by an MLTE qualified instructor.  The course syllabus includes climbing techniques, tope rope supervision and teaching as well as supervision and management of groups.  Bouldering is also part of the course syllabus.  A separate module covers Abseiling.

Climbing Wall Lead Award:  the CWLA is for anyone wishing to instruct lead climbing on indoor climbing walls.  Training is run over one day by an MLTE qualified instructor and includes lead climbing techniques, supervision, risk factors and rescues.

Single Pitch Award:  the SPA is for individuals wishing to become qualified to lead groups climbing outdoors on single pitch climbs.  The course is run over two days and led by an MLTE qualified instructor.  Most of the course is delivered outdoors.

The Quay is facilitates assessment days for all of the above courses through The Adventure Fitness Company. All of these courses are designed and accredited by Mountain Leader Training England.  Before attending a course candidates should register for the course on the MLTE website (www.mountain-training.org).  All candidates must be aged 17 and over and have experience climbing on at least 15 different occasions at three or more different climbing centres (see MLTE website for specific course requirements).