nicas | level 1
National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme
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.
Level 1 is the entry level for candidates wishing to learn basic climbing skill on this nationally recognised scheme.
This level focuses on a safety conscious attitude as much as climbing skills.
NICAS Level 1 designed to be easily achievable by any climber with aptitude in a short space of time, whilst remaining under the supervision of an instructor at all times.
There are 8 sessions and an assessment at the end to obtain the NICAS Level 1 certificate.
The duration for each session is 1.5 hours
The cost for a space on any of the 8 week courses is AED 800
NICAS books are required for this course and these are purchased at reception,
the Level 1, 2 & 3 log book is AED 50
All equipment is provided
How old do you have to be to do NICAS Level 1?
7 years old is the minimum age for doing this course at Mountain Extreme. If you have doubts if your child is ready you are welcome to speak to one of our instructors to find out more.
Do I need to do anything prior to booking someone onto the NICAS Level 1 course?
Yes. All minors must be registered with us here at the wall prior to commencing this course. This can be done by filling the disclaimer form and returning it to us here at the wall or it can be done on the first day of the course (but it has to be completed by a parent or legal guardian).
How long does the course run for?
There are 10 sessions of 1hrs duration and it is expected that young people will attend every session.
What happens if my child misses a session(s)?
It is important that your child is present at all the sessions. If any are missed your child may have to attend catch up sessions (at an extra cost) in order to reach the required level for assessment.
How do we know if our child has passed Level 1?
There will be a formal assessment on the last session. At the end of this session the young people will be told if they have met the required standard or not.
What happens if my child attains their Level 1 award?
The instructor will fill out their logbook and pass it on to the NICAS course director for a certificate. Successful young people can then potentially book onto a Level 2 NICAS course
What happens if my child does not pass their Level 1 assessment?
Anyone who does not pass their assessment may be offered a place on the next available Level 1 course (AED800) or book private instructed sessions (AED265 per 1.5hrs).