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Whether you're after a weekend activity or ways to fill the holidays, our youth introduction classes are the perfect group session.
How many sessions are there per term?
We run NICAS alongside school terms, so the number of sessions will change based on how many weeks are in a term. We don’t run sessions over half terms, Easter, Christmas or summer holidays.
What if I want to bring my child in over the holidays?
We run drop-in sessions for those that still want to carry on learning NICAS over the holidays. We also offer Holiday Camps which are 6-hour sessions run over several days.
Do I need to rebook NICAS? If yes, how often?
Yes, at the start of every term you will need to book your place on NICAS. We will be keeping you posted on social media and by email when term time starts, and when you will be able to book it.
What equipment do I need to bring?
If you have your own shoes, harness, belay device, chalk bag, then you are more than welcome to bring them along. If you don’t, then all the necessary equipment hire is included in the booking price.
What kit would you prioritise if we were to buy our own?
Having your own pair of tight-fitting shoes will have a massive impact on your climbing performance. We would advise any NICAS participant to get their own shoes and ensure that they are the right fit. Other items such as harness, belay devices, chalk bags are not as much of a priority, as they are less specific to individual climbers.
Is the NICAS book/folder included in the price?
You will have the option to pay for a NICAS book/folder when you book onto the session.
Who is responsible for logging climbs in their book?
The participant on session is responsible for looking after their logbooks and making sure they have written in it every session.
My child has done a single term of NICAS are they ready to move to the next level?
Always ask the instructor whether your child is ready to progress onto the next level. It can take more than 1 term to pass a level.
Who can I talk to about my child’s progression within NICAS?
With the instructor that ran the session or anyone in the coaching team.
I have a disability, an impairment, or need extra support, can I still climb?
Currently we are running NICAS SEN - a session with fewer participants - for those that need extra support. You can also email in and we can make some reasonable adjustments on sessions to accommodate other needs.
At what age can my child start NICAS?
We run Wild Climbers, a NICAS precursor, for 3-6yrs olds. The NICAS sessions are divided into 2 age groups; 7-10 and 11-18.
Can my child climb unsupervised?
In order for your child to climb unsupervised, they need to pass an assessment by an instructor. We run assessments for bouldering, top-ropes/auto belays, and for lead climbing. They must be 14yrs of age or have been scouted by a senior instructor. The price of assessment is £18 and can be done on session at the instructor's discretion.
Can I supervise my child?
In order to supervise your child climbing, you will need to pass a competency test that can be completed on arrival at reception. You can do separate tests for bouldering, auto belays, and ropes. Bouldering is the easiest sign off to attain if you have no previous experience. Watching the registration video will provide you with all the information you need to pass the boulder competency test.
We also run auto belay sign offs which are 15min with an instructor. These cover how to use the auto belays safely. (Please note - you must already be boulder signed off). For the ropes, our best advice would be to book onto an Adult Beginners' Course which will train you to safely use the top-ropes we have on offer at Parthian.
As your child progresses into Levels 4 & 5, our Learn to Lead course will equip you with the advanced skills required to lead belay (and climb!) safely.
What people think
Highly recommend booking the adult beginners class for £20. Well worth the money if you are interested in starting a new hobby or just something to fill the evening with. I am terrified of heights but the instructor puts you at ease and puts time into talking through everything. We done 3 different routes on the climbing walls and we’re also given time bouldering. It was a lot of fun and will now be able to return without an instructor.
We went for first time climbing experience, We had a Great time ! Friendly staff. I would recommend it to anyone. Parking space available
Staff were really friendly and helpful. The centre was modern and very clean. We had great fun on the intro course. Great choice in the cafe too!
Was everything alright, thanks (Justin) for her lovely experience , We have spent lovely times , for sure will back Again. thanks again
We went as a school trip with the children from year 6. It was well organised and the trip ran smoothly. They all had a great time and loved the activities. The comments from the children were: "the instructors were great and really friendly." "there was a range of climbing activities for those who were confident and those who didn't want to go too high." "It was great fun we had a great time."
I’d just like to start with what a centre, the walls a constantly changing and improving weekly. I am righting this review solely on the performance of a team member, I never managed to get this lovely lady’s name. Me and my friend are confident at bouldering but have only just began belaying so we haven’t much a clue compared to the staff (this was shown immediately). We have just purchased an assisted breaking belay and we’re confused and didn’t…
We had the family introduction session, which was excellent. I was really pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I must admit I don’t have much to compare it with, but the feel of the building was light and airy, it was very clean and well maintained and had a great atmosphere. Our instructors were clearly knowledgeable and were very patient whist dealing with nervous climbers. The 90 minute session was enough time to try the three types of…
What a fantastic location for climbing. The old church is beautiful. In addition the staff are super-friendly. My kids and I had a marvelous experience there.