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Kids Climbing Clubs in North Devon

Would your children like to learn to climb?

Has your child taken to climbing? Ready to take it to the next level?

If your child has tried rock climbing and fallen in love with our exhilarating sport, you’re in the right place, because here at Rock and Rapid Adventures we offer some of the best kids’ climbing sessions in Devon. Usually, young people are introduced to climbing through a school activity day, birthday party or taster session. If they’re ready to take the next step and begin developing their skills as a climber, we have lots of options for kids’ climbing in North Devon – so get involved!

The following diagram gives you an idea of the various routes and options available.

Little Lemurs

If you’re looking for climbing for kids under the age of 7, our Little Lemurs sessions are the perfect choice. Little Lemurs is a weekly programme where children aged 4-7 can come along and enjoy fun fit activities whilst learning the basics of rock climbing. Participants will develop their balance, coordination and agility, whilst practising their teamwork skills. This is the ideal confidence-building activity for younger children and a great introduction to climbing.

Our Little Lemurs sessions take place on Thursdays from 4-6 pm and cost £6pp. For more information on our times and prices, click here.

Cheeky Chimps

We have also begun offering climbing sessions

Youth climbing clubs

Past the age of 7, our kids’ climbing clubs in Devon follow a national scheme known as NICAS (the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme).

NICAS is a UK-wide scheme designed to promote climbing development and accredit individual achievement on artificial climbing structures. It can be used as a starting point for people wishing to take up climbing and mountaineering. It is open to all candidates aged 7 and upwards.

Aims of the scheme

  • To develop climbing movement skills and improve levels of ability
  • To learn climbing rope-work and how to use equipment appropriately
  • To develop risk assessment and risk management skills in the sport
  • To work as a team, communicate with, and trust a climbing partner
  • To provide a structure for development, motivation and improved performance
  • To develop an understanding of the sport, its history and future challenges
  • To provide a record of personal achievement
  • To point the way to further disciplines and challenges in climbing beyond the scheme

Structure of the scheme

The scheme comprises five levels of award aimed at complete novices to expert climbers. The scheme is split into two parts and takes a minimum of 100 hours to complete in its entirety. Part 1 contains Levels 1 and 2 and Part 2 contains Levels 3 to 5. Upon registering with an awarding centre candidates receive a log booklet for Levels 1 and 2 and a log binder with booklet for Levels 3 to 5. After achieving each level they are awarded a certificate on behalf of the ABCTT.

The five levels are:

  • Foundation Climber: An entry level aimed at novices that recognises their ability to climb safely under supervision.
  • Top Rope Climber: Aimed at promoting good practice in climbing and bouldering unsupervised on an artificial wall.
  • Technical Climber: A more advanced top roping and bouldering level that focuses on developing technique and movement skills.
  • Lead Climber: Concentrates on the skills required to both lead climb and belay a lead climber.
  • Advanced Climber: The top level that focuses on improving performance, a deeper understanding of climbing systems and the wider world of climbing.

Our kids’ climbing lessons in North Devon take place on…


10-11.30am: Nicas Level 2,3
11.30-13.00pm: Nicas Level 4-5


10-11.30am: Nicas Level 2,3
11.30-13.00am: Nicas Level 4-5

These sessions are paid for on a direct debit basis and are for climbers with their Level One certificate. For climbers over the age of 7, you will need to sign up for a NICAS Level One course and gain your certificate before joining our kids’ club.

We also run drop-in sessions for those with their NICAS Level One certificates on Wednesday evenings from 4.30-6pm. For these sessions, you just pay when you turn up with no commitment required, and enjoy the benefits of instructor-led climbing sessions.

Junior and youth squad

For junior climbers who are looking at competing and developing we also have our squads. These are by invitation only. When we feel people are independent climbers and showing commitment and developing as climbers, they will be invited to join our squads. During these sessions, your child will benefit from some of the best kids’ climbing coaching in North Devon. We look at all of the different techniques that will take their abilities to the next level.

Youth squad: Tuesday 6.00 – 8.00pm

Get in contact with us!

If you have any questions regarding Kids’ Club or if you want your child to join, just email us on info@rockandrapidadventures.co.uk or call 01769 309003!

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