Coaching

Beginner Taster Session

For novice climbers

Our taster sessions are here to help all novice climbers! If it’s your first climb, this induction will set you on the right track to start your climbing journey. Whether you want to get serious about climbing or are looking for a fun day out, a beginner taster session at Durham Climbing Centre is the perfect way to get started. The taster session includes 60 minutes coaching where you will learn the importance of warming up alongside basic skills and techniques in climbing. Then after this you can climb as long as you wish! The session includes shoe hire and chalk.

Family Climbing Session

Want to start your climbing journey as a family? Well our family climbing sessions are a compulsory taster of everything you need to know to start climbing!  Whether you want to get serious about climbing or are looking for a fun day out, a beginner taster session at Durham Climbing Centre is the perfect way to get started. The taster session includes 60 minutes coaching where you will learn the importance of warming up alongside basic skills and techniques in climbing. Then after this you can climb as long as you wish! The session includes shoe hire and chalk hire.

Personal Coaching (1 Hour)

One-on-one tuition

Want a bit of one on one time to get your climbing in gear? Then our private tuition sessions are perfect for you! Get personal coaching from a qualified and experienced climbing coach. With programmes designed just for you, whether you are a beginner or looking to improve your technique we are here to help!

Sessions may be booked as and when required. All sessions include consultation beforehand.

Adult Improver

Free coaching on weeknights from 8pm!

Want a bit of help with your technique? Well every weeknight from 8pm, our coaches are on hand to offer free advice and tips! Whether its skills and techniques, route reading, training or anything else you need, we’ve got you covered. These casual sessions are a great way to get to know our coaches so book a session and come along! Fees for entry are normal and all coaching is free with your climb.

How to book

Book onto a week night Adult Climbing Session from 8pm!

Beginner / Improver Course

Wednesday Evenings Level 1-4

This is the ideal session if you are looking for coaching on every visit and includes a national award in bouldering (NIBAS). With five levels of structured progression, this scheme focuses on key skills for anyone new to climbing. Our scheme is open to adults and children aged 7+ making it a unique course that is suitable for any age! Sign up and get your own NIBAS Log Book and be awarded with a certificate at each level of the scheme. Booking is essential so make sure to get your place!

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Aims of NIBAS

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

Session Etiquette

  • Pre-booking online is essential into each session you intend participating in as numbers are limited.
  • Please contact the centre if you are booked into a session and cannot attend.
  • Please inform your instructor of any medical conditions prior to the start of the session.
  • Ensure you arrive five minutes prior to the commencement of the session to fit climbing shoes and fill in registration forms.
  • Please wear light comfortable clothing for the class preferably long sleeves and trousers.
  • Please hire climbing shoes or bring your own. Only climbing shoes are permitted onto the matted areas. Bare feet are not permitted on the climbing walls.
  • Food and drinks are not permitted on the climbing mats.
  • Lockers may be hired from reception. Deposit required £1 - Out of action due to COVID-19 restrictions
  • Changing Rooms are located in the Junior Climbing Area - Out of action due to COVID-19 restrictions
  • Please note the centre is monitored by CCTV.