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.
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.
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.