We 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.
If you are looking to become a qualified instructor the Quay can provide a range of training courses leading to formal qualification or site specific qualification. We regularly host the training and assessment days leading to the Mountain Training instructor qualifications including the Climbing Wall Instructor, Climbing Wall Development Instructor and the Rock Climbing Instructor.
Instruction and assessment is delivered by Mountain Training qualified instructors from The Adventure Fitness Company using the Quay as a base for instruction. Other centres or outdoor crags will also be visited where appropriate for the course. These awards are designed and accredited by Mountain Training England. Before attending a course candidates should register for the course on the Mountain Training website (www.mountain-training.org).
Climbing Wall Instructor: The Climbing Wall Instructor qualification trains and assesses candidates in the skills required to supervise climbers on purpose built artificial climbing walls and boulders. It is ideal for people who work at climbing walls or at venues with permanent or mobile climbing towers. There is also an optional Abseil Module (often run in conjunction with Climbing Wall Instructor training and assessment courses) which is all about supervising abseiling on artificial structures.
Climbing Wall Development Instructor: This qualification trains and assesses candidates in the skills required to teach lead climbing skills on indoor or outdoor artificial climbing walls and structures with fixed protection. It builds on the skills gained through either the Climbing Wall Instructor or Rock Climbing Instructor qualifications, one of which must be held in order to access the scheme.
Rock Climbing Instructor: This qualification is all about supervising safe climbing and abseiling sessions on single pitch crags and artificial structures. Whether you’re a parent, a volunteer or an outdoor centre instructor, the Rock Climbing Instructor qualification trains and assesses experienced rock climbers to instruct climbing.