Beginners


events003If you’ve never climbed before and want to have a go take a look at one of  our beginner sessions below – we run sessions for everyone from those who just want to ‘have a go’ to those who want to start using the centre regularly to those who want to have fun with friends or family.  It can be daunting tackling a new sport for the first time, not to mention the fact that many people find heights a little challenging, but our friendly instructors will show you the ropes and have plenty of experience helping newcomers scale their first wall in no time.  All equipment for beginner sessions is included in the session price too!

Our taster sessions are designed for those who just want to ‘have a go’ at climbing.  They are great fun and a brilliant way to start climbing with your friends or family – the perfect birthday present, work social or rainy day activity.  Our instructors will show you the basics of roped climbing and bouldering (climbing on shorter walls without ropes).  The emphasis is on fun and trying as many climbs as possible – in no time you will be at the top of the wall and hooked!  All equipment is provided and your instructor will show you how to manage all the safety equipment.

Sessions last one hour and cost £12.50 per person.  They are suitable for anyone aged 7 upwards.  We run tasters most days and during weekends and holidays we schedule sessions designed specifically for youngsters and family groups.  Call the centre today to book a time that suits you!  All sessions run on a maximum 1:9 instructor to participant ratio.

Our Induction sessions are for those who want to learn how to use the centre independently.  They are ideal for those who’ve attended a taster session and got the bug, climbers who want a refresher or parents who have a child who is itching to climb and wants you to belay them?  Over two 1 hour sessions our instructors will teach you everything you need to know to  climb independently in the centre and belay another climber.  They work very much like an induction to a gym/health club and are ideal for anyone who thinks they might want to take up climbing more regularly.  The emphasis is on teaching you how to use all the safety equipment, how to fit your harness, how to tie into the rope correctly, how to belay and the basic techniques you will need to begin top rope climbing on your own.  Once you’ve completed an Induction you will be able to:

  • Climb in the centre without supervision or prebooking
  • Belay younger climbers (aged 5+) who wish to climb in the centre – as long as you are just belaying them then you belay for free and you only need to pay for the child to climb
  • Bring along up to 2 guest climbers to climb with you – either novices under your supervision or experienced climbers.

Inductions cost £30 and include two 1 hour instructed sessions (the first covers the basics, the second acts a refresher and technique development session), your annual registration fee at the centre  which would normally cost £7.50 per year, a fantastic voucher package from the Quay including discounts on gear hire and improvers sessions plus new climber discounts from our partner, Taunton Leisure, to help towards your first gear purchase.  Induction Sessions can be scheduled most days of the week.  Call the centre to book your session today!  All sessions run on a maximum 1:6 instructor to participant ratio