Bouldering Conditions of Use

  1. Minimum age for participation is 7 years old. 

  2. Maximum weight 20 stone.

  3. Participants should notify staff if they see other climbers not following Wild Lakes Conditions of Use and Rules. 

  4. Waivers must be signed by adults (18+), children can be added onto their parent/guardians waivers as a minor. 

  5. All children (under 16) in the bouldering wall MUST have an adult responsible for them on-site - for children attending lessons, courses or clubs, the adult can leave during the class. 

  6. Can I climb without supervision? You must be a Registered Adult Competent Climber or a Registered Youth Competent Climber to climb without supervision. Please see below. 

 

7. ADULTS 18+

7.A What is a Registered Adult Competent Climber? A Registered Adult Competent Climber must accept the BMC statement, our conditions of use and rules of the bouldering wall, which will be done on arrival before your first session at Wild Lakes Bouldering Wall. A Competent Climber is someone with previous bouldering experience with a good level of technique and skill and understands and appreciates the risk involved and knows how to behave in order to mitigate those risks for both themselves and others around them, including anyone who they might be supervising. They will register as a Competent Climber in-house. You will be asked questions on registration to confirm your competency, please do not be offended if we recommend an introductory lesson. 

 

7.B What is a Novice Adult Climber? Novice Adult Climbers are not deemed competent climbers, due to limited to no bouldering/climbing experience. They will require supervision either from a Registered Adult Competent Climber or via booking a lesson or course where they can work towards becoming competent. ​

8. YOUTH 14-17

8A. What is a Registered Youth Competent Climber? A Registered Youth Competent Climber is a youth aged 14-17 with previous climbing experience, a good level of technique and skill, and understands and appreciates the risk involved in bouldering and knows how to behave in order to mitigate those risks for both themselves and others around them. They are NOT able to supervise others. A Registered Youth Competent Climber must accept the BMC statement, our conditions of use and rules of the bouldering wall. To register as a Youth Competent Climber they must be signed off in-house by a member of staff. This must be pre-booked before climbing at Wild Lakes. 

 

8B. Youth competency sign-off MUST be pre-booked and arranged separately BEFORE the youth is booked to climb (not required for lessons/courses). To arrange please contact us on boulder@wildlakeswales.com

 

8C. Registered Youth Competent Climber (aged 16-17) may use the bouldering wall without supervision from a Registered Adult Competent Climber and does not require a responsible adult present at Wild Lakes.

 

8D. Registered Youth Competent Climber (aged 14-15) may use the bouldering wall without supervision from a Registered Adult Competent Climber, however a responsible adult MUST be present at Wild Lakes during their participation (unless otherwise pre-arranged). 

 

​8E. What is a Novice Youth Climber (aged 14-17)? Novice Youth Climbers are not deemed competent climbers, due to limited to no bouldering/climbing experience. They may only climb under the supervision of a Registered Adult Competent Climber, unless booked onto a lesson/course (where instructors provide supervision and instruction). The supervising adult must be booked on the same time slot. We recommend all novice climbers complete an introduction to bouldering class first to improve their technique, skills and understanding of safety and etiquette whilst climbing. 

 

9. JUNIOR 7-13

9A. What is an Experienced Junior Climber? An Experienced Junior Climber can demonstrate their experience, knowledge of climbing safety and etiquette. Experienced Junior Climbers can be signed-off as such in-house. Experienced Junior Climbers can participate with supervision from a Registered Adult Competent Climber, unless booked onto a lesson/course (where instructors provide supervision and instruction). The supervising adult must be booked on the same time slot. 7-10 year olds are best supervised on a 1:1 basis and 11-13 year olds on a 1:2 basis. 

 

9B. Junior Experienced sign-off MUST be pre-booked and arranged separately BEFORE the Junior is booked to climb in the designated hours (not required for classes/courses). To arrange please contact us on boulder@wildlakeswales.com

 

9C. What is a Novice Junior Climber? Novice Junior Climbers are not deemed experienced climbers, due to their limited to no bouldering/climbing experience. Novice Junior Climbers can climb under the supervision of a Registered Adult Competent Climber who is booked as a Non-Climbing Supervising Adult. The Supervising Adult must be booked on the same time slot. The Novice Junior Climber does not require a Registered Adult Competent Climber if they are booked onto a lesson/course (where instructors provide supervision and instruction), however they must have a responsible adult 18+ on-site with them.  We recommend all Novice Climbers complete an introduction to bouldering class first to improve their technique, skills and understanding of safety and etiquette whilst climbing.  7-10 year olds are best supervised on a 1:1 basis and 11-13 year olds on a 1:2 basis. We do not recommend Novice Junior Climbers are booked onto sessions after 6pm. 

 

10. SUPERVISION

10A. All Novice Climbers MUST be booked into the appropriate lessons/courses/clubs for their age and with a Registered Adult Competent Climber (if required) at the correct adult to novice ratio.

 

10B. Adult Supervisors 18+ Supervising a Novice Adult (18+), Novice Youth (14-17) or Experienced Juniors (7-13) The Supervising Adult 18+ must be Registered Adult Competent Climber and accept full responsibility for the safety of the novice climbers. Supervisors can sign in a maximum of 2 novice climbers per session. They must be on the mat with the participants they are supervising, actively engaging with the activity and ensuring the participants are adhering to the rules. If a supervisor is responsible for a novice  adult/ novice youth or experienced junior climber but wishes to climb during the same session they must be booked as such and the novice participant they are supervising must have their feet on the mat whilst the supervisor is climbing. If the participant they are supervising is physically climbing the wall, the supervisor must have their feet on the mat. They are not to be eating, drinking, or on their phones whilst supervising. Supervising adults take full responsibility for the actions of those they are supervising and are responsible for making sure that participants under their supervision adhere to the rules (especially ensuring they are not directly below other climbers). Adult supervisors can not be responsible for any children not participating whilst they supervise. 

 

11C. Registered Competent Youth Climbers (aged 14-17)  Registered Competent Youth Climbers, who have been signed off in-house, do not need supervision. However, all under 16 year olds must have an adult present onsite. Over 16 year olds do not need an adult present onsite.

 

11D. Adult Supervisors 18+ Supervising a Novice Junior (7-13)

The Supervising Adult 18+ must be Registered Adult Competent Climber and accept full responsibility for the safety of the novice climbers. Supervisors can sign in a maximum of 2 novice climbers per session, 7-10 year olds are best supervised on a 1:1 basis and 11-13 year olds on a 1:2 basis.  The Adult Supervisor must be booked as a Supervisor and not climbing during the same session as the Novice Juniors they are supervising. The Supervising Adult must be on the mat with the participants they are supervising, actively engaging with the activity and ensuring the participants are adhering to the rules. They are not to be eating, drinking, or on their phones whilst supervising. Supervising adults take full responsibility for the actions of those they are supervising and are responsible for making sure that participants under their supervision adhere to the rules (especially ensuring they are not directly below other climbers). Adult supervisors can not be responsible for any children not participating whilst they supervise.