We’ve upgraded our weekend kids’ club sessions to make sure everyone is benefitting from the top-notch coaching associated with the popular National Indoor Bouldering Award Scheme (NIBAS).

Whether your junior climbers want to achieve their NIBAS grades or just enjoy getting to climb, they’ll benefit from the same structured and progressive approach in a fun and sociable atmosphere.

To NIBAS or not to NIBAS?

Want to achieve your NIBAS grades?

Junior climbers can join coached classes whenever you like, but to register on NIBAS you’ll need to buy a log book and attend a launch session (scheduled every six weeks or so – drop us a line to be kept up to date) before we can assess your skills formally.

Once you’re registered you can drop in and out of sessions until you’ve completed all the skills required to achieve the grade, so you can learn at your own pace. Levels two and three require completion of a number of problems outside of coached sessions and we run week day afternoon and weekend afternoon sessions for this.

We can guide your to the most appropriate session, but take a look at the table to see which sessions equate to which grade.

Just want to come to kids' clubs without doing NIBAS?

No problem! Just rock up and join in (you’ll need a staff assessment to join Junior II). You can drop in and out of sessions whenever you want and if you decide to start NIBAS later then it’s easy to get yourself registered.

Pre-monkeys - Saturdays and Sundays

First steps in climbing for 4-6 year olds. This is a perfect taster for kids. NIBAS isn't available for this age group but our unique Hangar Award covers all the ground of Level 1. £7.

Ninja monkeys - Wednesday afternoon, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the day..

Climbing basics for 7-13 year olds. £9.50 (£6.50 for members). NIBAS Levels 1 & 2.

Hot rox- Saturdays and Sundays

Advanced skills for 7-13 year olds. £9.50 (£6.50 for members). Hot Rox is invite only - speak to a coach to organise a try out. NIBAS Level 3.

After School Club, Mondays and Thursdays, 6-7pm

Supervised climbing for ages 7-13. An informal environment where kids can climb together under the watchful eye of one of our instructors. Normal entry fee applies.

What is NIBAS?

The National Indoor Bouldering Award Scheme is a UK-wide programme designed to promote climbing development and accredit individual achievement on indoor climbing walls.

The programme is a fantastic way to encourage kids to progress their skills and build their confidence. It’s aims are to:

  • develop climbing movement skills and improve levels of ability
  • develop climbing movement skills and improve levels of ability
  • learn how to use equipment appropriately
  • develop risk assessment and risk management skills in the sport
  • work as a team, communicate with, and trust other boulderers
  • provide a structure for development, motivation and improved performance
  • develop an understanding of the sport, its history and ethics
  • provide a record of personal achievement
  • point the way to further disciplines and challenges in climbing beyond the scheme.

There are five NIBAS levels. Here at The Climbing Hangar we’re currently accredited to deliver levels 1-3 to participants aged seven and above.

Find out more about NIBAS’ history, set up and success stories.

Cancellations

For all pay as you go clubs and classes, we're happy to refund the cost of the session providing you cancel at least 24 hours in advance. No refund is available if you cancel less than 24 hours in advance.

FAQs

How fit / strong do I need to be?

You don’t need to be fit or super strong to start climbing. You’ll find problems (what we call individual climbs) you can do on your first visit, and the more you practice the stronger you’ll become! Just make sure you warm up before you start to minimise the risk of injury, and you can get cracking right away (our staff can help if you need guidance – just ask).

I don't like heights - how high is the wall?

Bouldering isn’t about climbing high. The wall is only 4.2m at its highest point. And remember, while your hands might be at the top, your feet are unlikely to ever be more than 3m off the ground. The Climbing Hangar has crash mats throughout and we can teach you to land safely to minimise the risk of injury. As you gain in confidence you will stop noticing the heights.

How safe is bouldering?

Bouldering is a risky sport. But as long as you are aware of the particular type of risks associated with bouldering and how to avoid unnecessary dangers, it’s actually no more dangerous than normal kids’ play activities or adult sports. The induction video will tell you what to be aware of and how to stay safe, and our waiver document outlines your responsibilities as a Climbing Hangar customer. We’re fully insured and our team is qualified in coaching (and first aid should you need it).

What's your cancellation policy for classes?

For all pay as you go clubs and classes, we're happy to refund the cost of the session providing you cancel at least 24 hours in advance. No refund is available if you cancel less than 24 hours in advance.