nicas | level 3
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.
It can be used as a starting point for people wishing to take up climbing and mountaineering. It is open to young climbers aged 8 and upwards.
This level concentrates on climbing technique and movement with some additional knowledge of equipment.
Bouldering is a key component of this level and a suitable venue that provides a wide range of bouldering challenges is essential to deliver both training and assessment.
Completion of this level corresponds with a good pass at GCSE PE (indoor Climbing).
Minimum hours of coaching: 16
Expected additional minimum time commitment by candidate in hours: 12 (minimum total: 28)
There are 8 sessions and an assessment at the end to obtain the NICAS Level 3 certificate.
The duration for each session is 1.5 hours
The cost for a space on any of the 8 week courses is AED1,400
NICAS books are required for this course and these are purchased at reception, the Level 1, 2 & 3 log book is AED50.
All equipment is provided.
Level 3: Technical climber
At Level 3, young climbers will learn:
Knowledge of different harness types, helmets, rock shoes and belay devices – including the ability to evaluate their condition and ensure appropriate care and maintenance.
Knots – figure of eight on the bight, clove hitch, overhand.
Belaying using a variety of devices and choice of appropriate device.
Knowledge of a wide range of appropriate climbing techniques
Principles of good climbing movement
The structure of a climbing session – warming up exercises, stretching, gentle climbing, peaking, warming down, rest
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