Introduction to Bouldering

What will I learn?

You will be introduced to the world of bouldering and the facilities at Wild Lakes. Our qualified staff will provide advice on climbing,  introduce you to the best safety practices and make sure you receive plenty of hints and tips for get the most out of the bouldering wall. You'll finish your lesson confident in your knowledge base and eager to continue the journey. 

 

What do I need to bring?

Yourself, a smile, you should be wearing tightly fitting clothes suitable for exercising in. Climbing shoes are included in the cost of your lesson. Socks must be worn with climbing shoes, if you forget you can purchase them on-site. 

Who is this for?

If you are new to bouldering or a novice climber looking for more guidance then this is the lesson for you. You may look to join one of our courses to continue progressions after this lesson. 

We currently run lessons as follows:

​Thursday - Adults 18+ - 7:30pm
​​Friday - Kids aged 11-17 - 4:30pm

- Adults 18+ - 6:30pm

​Saturday

- Kids aged 7-10 - 10:00am

- Kids aged 11-17 - 12:00pm
- Adults 18+ - 2:00pm

To book a Private Family Group either book all 4 tickets for the lesson or if there are more than 4 of you please contact us via email contact@wildlakeswales.com

 How long is the lesson?

This lesson is 90 minutes long. You will need to arrive 30 minutes before the start of your lesson to check-in, change and organise equipment. 

 

 

 

 

 

How much is the Lesson?

The 'Introduction to Bouldering' is £20 per person. 

Bouldering Conditions of Use

  1. Minimum age for participation is 7 years old. 

  2. Participants can advise staff if they don’t believe children are being properly supervised on the wall. 

  3. Maximum weight 20 stone. 

  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 a 6 week course or youth club 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. Registered Competent Climbers - When registered as a competent climber, you will attend a session unsupervised. A member of staff will be present in the bouldering wall, but they are not present to provide instructions on climbing techniques, this must be booked and paid for. If you are not confident in certain techniques you must not proceed to try them, you must ensure you climb within your limits. Book a class or course if you wish to work towards being a competent climber. 

  8. ADULTS 18+

8.A What is an adult competent climber?  An adult competent climber has previous climbing experience, with a good level of technique and skills 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, including anyone who they might be supervising. A competent climber must accept the BMC statement, our conditions of use and rules of the bouldering wall. 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 our introductory lesson. 

8.B What is a novice adult climber? Novice adult climbers are not deemed competent climbers, due to their limited to no bouldering/climbing experience. They will require supervision either from a registered adult competent climber or via booking a class or course where they can work towards becoming competent. 

​ 9. YOUTHS 14-17

9A. What is a youth competent climber? A youth competent climber is a youth aged 14-17 with previous climbing experience, a good level of technique and skills  who 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 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 bouldering wall. To arrange please contact us on contact@wildlakeswales.com

9B. Registered Youth Competent Climber: aged 16-17 - may use the bouldering wall without supervision from a registered adult competent climber or a responsible adult being present at Wild Lakes.

9C. Registered Youth Competent Climber: aged 14-15 - may use the bouldering wall without supervision from a registered adult competent climber, however a responsible adult would still need to be present at Wild Lakes during their participation unless booked for a course or youth club.

​9D. What is a Novice Youth Climber 14-17? - Novice youth climbers are not deemed competent climbers, due to their limited to no bouldering/climbing experience. They should be booked onto a class or course first where they can work towards becoming competent. If a parent/guardian is a registered adult competent climber they can supervise (1:2 ratio) during our dedicated novice youth/junior climbing hours.

9E. Youth competency sign-off must be pre-booked and arranged separately before the youth is booked to climb (not required for classes/courses). 

10. JUNIOR CLIIMBER 7-13

10A - Experienced Junior Climber 7-13 - Can demonstrate their experience or have completed a 6 week course (as a minimum) and have been signed-off as a junior experienced climber in-house. Except for courses and classes (where instructors provide supervision and instructions) for this age range novice experienced climbers can only climb during set Junior climbing sessions with supervision from an registered adult competent climber.  

7-10 year olds are best supervised on a one-to-one basis and 11-13 year olds on a one-to-two basis. 

10B - Novice Junior Climber 7-13 - Are not deemed experienced climbers, due to their limited to no bouldering/climbing experience. They should be booked onto a class or course to improve their technique, skills and understanding of safety whilst climbing.  If a parent/guardian is a registered adult competent climber they can supervise  (ratio 1:1 for ages 7-10 and 1:2 for ages 11-13) during our dedicated novice youth/junior climbing hours.

10C. Junior competency sign-off must be pre-booked and arranged separately before the youth is booked to climb (not required for classes/courses)

11. SUPERVISION

11A. Junior / Youth / Adult Novice / Junior Experienced climbers - MUST be booked into appropriate classes/courses for their age. 

11B. Adult Supervisor 18+ - such adults must be registered competent climbers and accept they take full responsibility for the safety of the novice adult climbers. Supervisors can sign in a maximum of 2 novice climbers . They must be on the mat with the participants they are supervising, actively engaged with the activity of the participants, ensuring the participants are adhering to all the rules. They are not to be eating, drinking, or on their phones whilst supervising. Supervising adults take full responsibility of the action 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 cannot be responsible for any children not participating whilst they supervise novice adult or junior/youth climbers. 

11C. Novice Adult Climber aged 18- 90+ - require supervision by a registered adult competent climber on a one to two basis maximum.  Can book onto classes or courses where they will be provided supervision and instructions or can be booked as an adult novice climber with a registered competent climber supervisor. 

11D. Novice Youth Climber aged 14-17 Except for courses and classes (where instructors provide supervision and instructions) for this age range novice youth climbers can only climb during set youth climbing sessions. Novice youth Climbers aged 14-17 must be supervised by a registered competent adult climber on a maximum one to two basis. 

11E. Exp erienced  Junior Climber aged 7-13 - Can demonstrate their experience or have completed a 6 week course (as a minimum) and have been signed-off as a junior experienced climber. Except for courses and classes (where instructors provide supervision and instructions) for this age range novice experienced climbers can only climb during set Junior climbing sessions with supervision from an registered adult competent climber.  7-10 year olds are best supervised on a one-to-one basis and 11-13 year olds on a one-to-two basis. 

11F. Novice Junior Climber aged 11-13- Except for courses and classes (where instructors provide supervision and instructions) for this age range novice junior climbers can only climb during set Junior climbing sessions. Novice Junior Climbers aged 11-17 must be supervised by a registered competent adult climber on a maximum one to two basis. 

11G. Novice Junior Climber aged 7-10 - Except for courses and classes (where instructors provide supervision and instructions) for this age range novice junior climbers can only climb during set Junior climbing sessions Novice Junior Climbers aged 7-10 are best supervised on a one-to-one basis by a registered competent adult climber.