Boulder Monkeys

£48 Per Month
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Boulder Monkeys offers an exciting start to bouldering for kids aged 7-10. Our focus is on learning the basic safety skills and essential climbing techniques, combined with fun activities that keep the young ones engaged. All instruction is age appropriate, and sessions are filled with bouldering-specific games and challenges.

As with all our clubs, we aim to build strength and confidence, along with nurturing social skills by keeping our groups consistent. Many of our Boulder Monkeys build lifelong friendships and continue bouldering into their adult lives.

Our sessions are split into two groups: NICAS Levels 1-2 and NICAS Levels 3+. These NICAS levels can be worked through in our clubs and helps to keep track of your child’s progress. You can read more about NICAS below.

Included in the price:

  • Weekly instructed sessions during our term times. *
  • Free climbing entry across all of our centres. **
  • Free shoe hire during club sessions.

 

*   See Timetable and Important Dates tabs for full information.
** Please note that an instructor is not provided outside of club sessions. Supervision rules apply in each centre.

Ratio

6 Participants max.

Ages

7-10 years

Extra

Your space always reserved.

Duration

1.25hrs

Ability

All abilities

Info
NICAS
Session Structure
Timetable
Important Dates

Aimed at building essential movement skills for a future in bouldering, our Boulder Monkeys Club provides a safe, fun-filled platform to kickstart the bouldering journey.

Goals:
• NICAS Syllabus Progression

Completion:
• Age 10 years old

Next Club:
• Boulder Juniors

What is NICAS Climbing?

NICAS Climbing is a UK-wide scheme designed to promote climbing development and accredit individual achievement on artificial climbing structures. They’re a starting point for people wishing to take up climbing and mountaineering, from novice to experienced, starting from age 7.

NICAS Climbing has five progressive levels of award for complete novices to expert climbers. The scheme is split into two parts: Part one contains Levels 1 to 3 and part two contains Levels 4 and 5. We use the levels as a basis for our sessions, not a tick-sheet – it may take longer to complete than the ‘NICAS minimum time’ as skills and techniques are worked on fully and to a high standard.

Our clubs are split into age and level, with Boulder Monkeys for ages 7-10 and Boulder Juniors for ages 11+, in either a level 1&2 club or level 3.

NICAS registration and logbooks are strongly recommended for our youth clubs, but are optional. Please speak to a receptionist to purchase your NICAS logbook and register for the scheme.

Check out NICAS’ website here!

What do we teach during the sessions?

Here at Flashpoint Swansea we have developed a 10 week rolling session plan with a different climbing technique being taught each week. 

The 10 sessions are: footwork, weight transfer, route reading and tactics, footswaps, dynamic movement, bridging, laybacking, twisting, flagging, and drop knees. 

During every session the instructors will also teach the appropriate safety rules and skills and ensure every participant is following these. 

 

How does NICAS fit in with this?

For NICAS Level 1, once a climber has completed 1 rotation of the 10 session plan then the instructors will start signing off the NICAS criteria.

For NICAS Level 2 it is the same but, instead, they have to complete 2 rotations. 

At NICAS Level 3 you will need to move to a separate session specifically for Level 3 and above climbers. This is because the content of the lessons become more advanced from this level. These sessions will still follow a session plan but the coaches will focus more on developing the individual climber’s specifically on what their needs are.

Aimed at building essential movement skills for a future in bouldering, our Boulder Monkeys Club provides a safe, fun-filled platform to kickstart the bouldering journey.

Goals:
• NICAS Syllabus Progression

Completion:
• Age 10 years old

Next Club:
• Boulder Juniors

What is NICAS Climbing?

NICAS Climbing is a UK-wide scheme designed to promote climbing development and accredit individual achievement on artificial climbing structures. They’re a starting point for people wishing to take up climbing and mountaineering, from novice to experienced, starting from age 7.

NICAS Climbing has five progressive levels of award for complete novices to expert climbers. The scheme is split into two parts: Part one contains Levels 1 to 3 and part two contains Levels 4 and 5. We use the levels as a basis for our sessions, not a tick-sheet – it may take longer to complete than the ‘NICAS minimum time’ as skills and techniques are worked on fully and to a high standard.

Our clubs are split into age and level, with Boulder Monkeys for ages 7-10 and Boulder Juniors for ages 11+, in either a level 1&2 club or level 3.

NICAS registration and logbooks are strongly recommended for our youth clubs, but are optional. Please speak to a receptionist to purchase your NICAS logbook and register for the scheme.

Check out NICAS’ website here!

What do we teach during the sessions?

Here at Flashpoint Swansea we have developed a 10 week rolling session plan with a different climbing technique being taught each week. 

The 10 sessions are: footwork, weight transfer, route reading and tactics, footswaps, dynamic movement, bridging, laybacking, twisting, flagging, and drop knees. 

During every session the instructors will also teach the appropriate safety rules and skills and ensure every participant is following these. 

 

How does NICAS fit in with this?

For NICAS Level 1, once a climber has completed 1 rotation of the 10 session plan then the instructors will start signing off the NICAS criteria.

For NICAS Level 2 it is the same but, instead, they have to complete 2 rotations. 

At NICAS Level 3 you will need to move to a separate session specifically for Level 3 and above climbers. This is because the content of the lessons become more advanced from this level. These sessions will still follow a session plan but the coaches will focus more on developing the individual climber’s specifically on what their needs are.

Join the waiting list here!

Because we reserve our climbers’ spaces as standard, in order to sign up there has to be a space for you! If you are interested in joining the club, please join the waiting list and you’ll hear from us soon. When joining the wait list you will be able to select your preferred days.

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