The Climbing Wall Award 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 which is all about supervising abseiling in climbing walls. We can run this alongside the CWA training and assessment as necessary, this will depend on candidates experience.
am – Introduction to the scheme.Look through DLog and experience. Look at personal equipment and correct fitting. Types of equipment, ropes, crabs, Wire Gates, HMS, D’s, belay devices
am at venue – Brief talk of site safety and Risk Assessment. Warm ups and tools for warming up. Traverse and spotting. Tying vs clipping in. Talk through belaying and different devices + correct climbing calls. Peer belaying, bell ringing, belay chain, ground anchors and lowering. Look at personal climbing (confidence and movement) and belay technique. Climbing checks (general and site specific). Wall features, jugs, crimp, slopers.
Lunch, Talk through a mock assessment paper, Understanding the grading system
pm – Movement, understanding of centre of gravity, Movement Games to aid resting, bridging, smearing, heel hooks. Simple problem solving, stuck climber, traversed climber, climbing past krabs. Tying off a belay plate. Personal leading. Cool down
am -Types of harnesses and fitting clients. Risk assessment. Managing a Top Rope/Bouldering session. Effective Spotting. Tower Safety Checks and difference between in and outdoor walls. Accessing Towers. Use of Cow’s Tails. Climbing Games and restricted movement
pm – Rigging of Abseils. Use of an Italian hitch. Tying off and releasing a loaded Italian hitch. Simple problem avoidance, jewellery, Hair tied back. Problem solving. Maintenance. Legalities.
Individual debrief and assessment action planning.
Introduction to the Assessment. Skills, Judgement, Knowledge. Home paper review and Look through previous experience. Look at personal equipment and correct fitting.
am – Brief walk through of site and Risk Assessment. Key areas. A Warm up each. The Why, What’s and How’s of warming up. Look at personal top rope climbing (confidence and movement) and belay technique. Lead a climb, 4+. Climbing checks (general and site specific). Teaching Tying in, Trad belaying and Bell ringing, correct climbing calls, communication and lowering. Use and set up Ground Anchors. Wall features, Types of holds i.e. jugs, crimp, slopers. Moves, bridging, smearing etc.
pm – Candidate run a 30 minute coaching session, I.E ABC Movement, understanding of centre of gravity, Movement Games to aid technique. Managing a Top Rope/Bouldering session. Simple problem solving, i.e. Stuck Climber, Taking over belay(hair in belay plate), Traversed Climber, Knot against belay plate, Untied climber on wall, Belayer issues. Understanding the grading system.
Feedback and Assessment decision
The CWA training costs £135 per person, the Assessment and Award on its own costs £95 per person. We are able to provide accommodation on site for both the CWA Training and Assessment, please ask for further information.
• You must be at least 17 years old (18 at assessment)
• You should have at least 6 months of experience of using a variety of climbing walls
• You should have an interest in climbing and in supervising groups on climbing walls
• You must be registered for the Climbing Wall Award scheme (this costs £42) on the Mountain Training website.
If you’ve still got any questions or want to talk through this qualification is appropriate for you, or to book please contact Mark Garland directly on 07973 910120 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.