THE NICAS SCHEME

Sessions are designed for development and progression in an indoor climbing environment for participants aged years 7+ (13+ for level 4). Participants must be registered with the NICAS scheme to attend the NICAS sessions/courses. This will be done for you when starting your scheme with XC. You can find out more about NICAS here.

Participants will need to attend a NICAS Introduction session before joining a course. Please note any course dates missed are not refundable, and certain sessions must be completed before your assessments. This may mean booking private tuition to make up for any missed sessions.

The last week of the NICAS course is the assessment. If the NICAS level is not passed, the course will need to be repeated or participants will need to book and pay for a private lesson(s) until the level has been completed, before moving on to the next.

  Guide To NICAS Levels

Introduction Session: A 1.5 hour session for 7-12 years or 13-17 years. This Introduction session will help our instructors ascertain which level of the scheme a candidate would start on and whether NICAS is appropriate for the candidate in large group sessions or if they would be better suited to the scheme in a private basis. This session must be taken by all candidates who wish to partake in NICAS.

This is a one off session costing £15

Level 1: This is the entry-level award for candidates who wish to learn basic climbing skills. This level focuses on a safety-conscious attitude as much as climbing skills. It is designed to be achievable by any climber with aptitude, whilst remaining under the direct supervision of a coach at all times.

8 x 1.5 hour sessions – £127.50 (includes your NICAS log book)

Level 2: This level is a key stage in a climbers development. It is designed to correspond to most climbing centres membership standards. A level 2 holder should be a potentially independent top rope climber and boulderer. They have mastered the basics of climbing on an artificial climbing structure and should be able to climb and boulder safely and, if appropriate, independently.

12 x 1.5 hour sessions – £180.00

Level 3: Now that Level 2 has made you a safe climber it is time to make you a better climber. This level concentrates on climbing technique and movement with some additional knowledge on equipment. You will need to spend a lot of time climbing to improve your technique and fitness. Bouldering is a key component of this level as it will help develop both strength and technique with repeated practice. You can learn to improve from the experience of other climbers and coaches, films and websites.

20 x 1.5 hour sessions – £300.00

Level 4 (13+): Life at the sharp end! This level introduces you to lead climbing with all its attendant risks and required skills. Lead climbing steps the whole experience of climbing up a gear, with the possibility of a free fall always present. Candidates who gain this level should be capable of lead climbing competently and in control at most major lead climbing walls in the British Isles. Minimum performance grades are introduced, as a certain level of physical ability is required to lead safely on steep routes that are less likely to result in injury in case of a fall. Lead climbing carries higher risks and responsibilities for both climber and belayer, so this level has also been designed so that you must complete a set of pre-requisites before you move onto lead climbing. For simulated lead climbs, you must be on a top rope (or auto-belay) whilst practising the skills for lead climbing. For simulated lead belaying, the climber is on a top rope in addition to the lead rope. (Please note this level is split into two parts)

Part 1: 14 x 1.5 hour sessions – £210.00 / Part 2: pricing TBC